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Yara Asi, Ph.D.


Global Health Management and Informatics

Office: DPAC Suite 401

Phone: 407-823-5087


Professional Summary

Yara M. Asi is a postdoctoral scholar at UCF, where she has taught in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics for more than six years. She is a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the West Bank. Her research agenda focuses on global health and development in fragile and conflict-affected populations. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on topics related to global health, food security, health informatics and women in healthcare. Asi has also published extensively on health and well-being in fragile and conflict-affected populations in journal articles, book chapters and other outlets. Asi has a book forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press about the threats war and conflict pose to public health and human security.

Office Hours

Tuesday: 12 pm – 2 pm
Thursday (main): 11 am – 2 pm


PhD (2015) Public Affairs, Health Services Management and Research
University of Central Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Global health
  • Health and development in fragile and conflict-affected populations
  • Women in global health

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Recipient (2020), Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (West Bank), Moving Beyond Movement Restrictions to Provide Adequate Health Care in the West Bank, Jan 2021-Jan 2023
  • Fellow (2020), ELEVATE, Center for Minority Serving Institutions, Rutgers University
  • Recipient (2020), Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, Overseas Travel Grant
  • Recipient (2020), International Studies Association Global Health Young Investigator Award
  • Participant (2019), National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, University of Arizona

Recent Publications

Asi, Y. & Williams, C. (2020). Equality through Innovation: Promoting Women in the Workplace in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) with Health Information Technology (HIT). Journal of Social Issues, 76(3), 721-743.

Asi, Y. (2020). Can we weather the health risks of climate change amidst political instability? Evidence and lessons from fragile- and conflict-affected states. Global Health Governance, X(1).

Asi, Y. (2020). Achieving Food Security through Localization, not Aid: “De-development” and Food Sovereignty in the Palestinian Territories. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 15(2), 205-218. DOI

Asi, Y., Unruh, L., & Liu, X. (2018). Conflict and Well-being: A Comparative Study of Health-related Quality of Life, Stress, and Insecurity in the West Bank and Jordan. I, 27(5), 1381-1391. DOI

Asi, Y. (2020). Women, Peace, and Health: How Female Leadership Enhances Human Security, Women Leaders in Global Health, Springer, In Press. (Book Chapter)

Professional Organizations

  • International Studies Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Middle East Studies Association
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