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Name: Maryam Ahmadian
What I am working on:
What I am working on: My recent attempts also include: 1) Determinants of engagement/participation in breast cancer preventive behaviors and psycho-social factors affecting breast cancer screening behaviors for the community-based programs and breast health (e.g. looking at attitudes, beliefs, barriers, social influences) in the Middle East and Asia; 2) Community participation in breast cancer prevention (e.g. Models and levels) and actual implementation of sustainable breast cancer prevention programs 3) Body image disturbances and breast cancer screening behaviors among South-Asian (Malaysian) women; 4) Educational tourism and community development among south-Asian (Malaysian) residents; 5) Premarital sexual behaviors among rural female adolescents in Malaysia and 6) women’s studies in Iran.
My Achievements
My Achievements: 1. Maryam Ahmadian, Afsaneh Tavassoli (2017). Women Employment and Children’s Cultural Capital: A Study Based on Bourdieu’s Theory (in press)

2. Maryam Ahmadian, Afsaneh Tavassoli (2017). A Survey on Men’s Awareness of Premenstrual Syndrome and Marital Satisfaction in Married Women in Tehran, Iran. (in press)


3. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Afsaneh Tavassoli, Gary Kreps ( 2016). Do Sociodemographic Factors Predict the likelihood of Breast self-exams Behaviors and Intentions in Malaysia? (Under writing)

4. Maryam Ahmadian, Suzie Carmack, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah,GaryKreps (2016). Psychosocial Predictors of Breast Self-Examination among Female Students in Malaysia: A Study to assess the role of body image, self-efficacy and perceived barriers, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. Vol.17, No (3), pp1277-1284


5. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian, Latiffah A. Latiff (2015). Insufficient Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risk Factors among Malaysian Female University Students. Global Journal of Health Science; Vol. 8, No (1), pp277-285.



6. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian (2014). Relationship between Body Image and Breast Self-examination Intentions and Behaviors among Female University Students in Malaysia. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 15, No (21), pp.9499-9503.


7. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah (2014). An Outline of the Need for Psychology Knowledge in Health Professionals: Implications for Community Development and Breast Cancer Prevention, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 15, No.10.pp.5097-5105.


8. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Sarjit S. Gill, Mohammed Bashir Saidua (2014). Residents' Perceptions towards Educational Tourism Impacts: The Role of Gender Differences, Vol. 10, No. 13; PP.1-7.

9. Maryam Ahmadian, Hanina H. Hamsan, Haslinda Abdullah, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Amna Md Noor(2014). Risky Sexual Behavior among Rural Female Adolescents in Malaysia: a Limited Role of Protective Factors. Global Journal of Health Science, Vol. 6, No. 3; pp.165-174.


10. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian (2013). Educational Tourism in Malaysia: Implications for Community Development Practice. Journal of Asian Social Science Vol.9, No 11; pp. 17-23.


11. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian, Sarjit S. Gill, Roozbeh Babolian Hendijan (2013). Residents’ Attitude towards Educational Tourism in Malaysia. Journal of Asian Social Science, Vol.9, No 13; pp.14-18.


12. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah (2013). Application of Health Behavior Theories to Breast Cancer Screening among Asian Women. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. Vol.14 (7), 4005-4013.


13. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian (2012). Socio-demographic Correlates of Participation in Mammography; a Survey among Women Aged between35-69 in Tehran, Iran. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention Vol.13 (6), 2717-2720.



14. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby (2012). Predictors of Mammography Screening among Iranian Women Attending Outpatient Clinics in Tehran, Iran. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol.13, 969-974.


15. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah (2012). A Model for Community Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention in Iran. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention Vol.13 (5), 2419-2423.


16. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby (2012). Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention: Assessing Women’s Knowledge and their Participation in Mammography in Tehran, Iran. Scientific Research and Essays Vol. 7(8), pp. 915-922, 29.

17. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian, Sarjit S. Gill, Roozbeh Babolian Hendijan, (2012). Factors Affecting Educational Tourism Development among Local Communities in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. Life Science Journal, 9(4):3298-3303.


18. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah (2012). A Literature Review of Factors Influencing Breast Cancer Screening in Asian Countries. Life Science Journal, Vol. 9(2):689-698.


19. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah (2012). Community Participation in Community-based Prevention Programs; A Short Review of the Literature on Challenges to Breast Cancer Prevention Programs or Activities. Life Science Journal, 9(3):685-694.


20. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby (2012).The influence of Psycho-social Factors on Participation Levels in Community-based Breast Cancer Prevention Programs in Tehran, Iran, Global Journal of Health Science. Vol. 4, No. 1, PP.42-56


21. Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Maryam Ahmadian, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby, (2012). Community Participation in Breast Cancer Prevention programs towards Building Sustainable Programs: Involvement or Participation? International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 41-50.



22. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby, (2011). Barriers to Mammography among Women Attending Gynecologic Outpatient Clinics in Tehran, Iran, Journal of Scientific Research and Essays Vol. 6(27), pp. 5803-5811.


23. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby, , (2010). Developing an Instrument for Understanding Factors Influencing Compliance with Mammography Screening among Iranian Women in Metropolitan Tehran, Iran, Journal of Asian social science, Vol. 6, No. 10; pp.88-96

24. Maryam Ahmadian, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, (2010). Women’s community participation levels in community-based health programs regarding breast cancer prevention in metropolitan Tehran, Iran. Journal of Asian social science, Vol. 6, No.9; pp.12-21.



ii. Published Abstracts

1. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby (2013).The Paucity of Research Looking at the Occupational Categories of Women with Breast Cancer Screening Behaviors in Asian Countries. Journal of Community Medicine and Health .Vol.3, No. 4, P.42.

2. Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, Ma’rof Redzuan, Zahid Emby (2012). Correlates of Recent Mammography Screening in Iranian Women in Tehran, Iran; the Role of Occupation in Women's Adherence to Mammography. Journal of Community Medicine and Health. Vol. 2, No. 8, P.39.



Publications – Other, Non-Peer Reviewed

1. Can Expect a Successful Implementation of SDGs in Iran? Maryam Ahmadian, Afsaneh Tavassoli, IACD’s Magazine, Practice Insights 6, December, (2016).

2. Educational Tourism and Community Development: Malaysian Practice, Maryam Ahmadian, Asnarulkhadi Abu Samah, IACD’s Magazine, Practice Insights 7, (Under Review)

3. Interview with Datin Paduka Siti Sa'adiah Sheikh Bakir, Managing Director of KPJ Healthcare, Leading Malaysian Private Healthcare. Health Tourism, Persian Tourist Magazine, Malaysia, December, (2011).

4. Published viewpoints about social issues and In-depth interviews (More than 50) in Persian language Magazines, Newspapers and Social Media at the National level in Iran (1996-2004).

Editorial Board


1. Journalism and Mass Communication (ISSN: 2160-6579)

2. Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research (JBASR) (ISSN: 2090-4304) (Deputy Section Editors)

3. International Journal of Social Science Research (IJSSR) (ISSN: 2327-5510) (Editorial Board)

4. Journal of Asian Social Science (ASS) (ISSN: 1911-2017)

5. International Journal of Informative & Futuristic Research (IJIFR) (ISSN: 2347-1697) (Supervisory Editors )

6. International Journal of Research in Education Methodology(IJREM) (ISSN: 2278-7690)

7. Open Access Journal of Cancer & Oncology (OAJCO), MedWin publishes( Associate Editor)

8. JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care (Editorial Board)

9. Insights in Breast Cancer (Editorial Board)

10. Pearl Journal of Management, Social Science and Humanities (PJMSSH) (ISSN 2449-1829) (Editorial Board)

11. SciFed Journal on Diabetes (Editorial Board)

12. EC Psychology and Psychiatry, E-Cronicon Open Access (Editorial Panel)



Work experience / Education
Work experience / Education: Dr. Maryam Ahmadian is currently an affiliate faculty at the department of Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. She accomplished her second post doctorate with regard to Women Studies and health for empowerment at Alzahra University in Tehran, Iran. She completed her first Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community Development and Health Promotion at the University Putra Malaysia. She was a Research Fellow at the Cancer Resource and Education Center at the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at University Putra Malaysia. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University, Virginia, United States. She has over 20 years of experience in Social Sciences. Her areas of expertise are: community development, health promotion, public health, preventive diseases, community participation, and women’s empowerment.
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