Yorghos Apostolopoulos
Associate Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 314B Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-1774
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Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
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Short Bio
I am a population health scientist with social and health science education and training (BSc, University of Athens, Greece; MA and PhD, University of Connecticut). My current areas of concentration blend social epidemiology, occupational health, and health policy with complexity science and mathematical theory. In addition to my U.S.-based academic experience, I have taught and conducted sociological and epidemiological fieldwork in Greece, Cyprus, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Grounded in social ecology, systems thinking, complexity science, and mathematical theory my current research examines how social structure induces excess syndemicity and pronounced health inequalities across social, demographic, and occupational lines. I use a wide array of theoretical and conceptual frameworks and research designs, as well as methodologies that incorporate diverse quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques. Because of the nonlinear and dynamic nature of most chronic syndemicity, I have begun to incorporate computational modeling methodologies into my work with an emphasis on system-dynamics and agent-based modeling and simulation, and established the Complexity in Health Research Group.
Ongoing debates
Ongoing debates that have the potential to define the direction of population health theory, research, and practice have marked my research agenda. Key among these are:
State of public health curricula and training in light of the advent of complexity science, complex systems methodologies, and Big Data.
Incorporation of systems thinking, complexity science, and computational simulation in social epidemiology, occupational health, and population health policy.
Shifts in population health research paradigm: from biomedical and lifestyle framework to one that incorporates public policy and political economy in theory, designs, measures, and interventions.
Current research
Examination of how policy shifts in political, environmental, social, health, labor, agricultural, and food domains trigger and exacerbate ongoing adverse changes in population health compared with other industrialized nations.
Critical transitions and tipping points of population health with an emphasis on early warning signals, system resilience, metaflammation, and prevention.
Environmental, social, health, labor, agricultural, and food policies and systems in commercial drivers' cardiometabolic and sleep syndemicity, with an emphasis on municipal bus drivers and long-haul and seaport truck drivers.
Chronic ultrafine particle exposure, vascular and autonomic dysfunction, and atherosclerosis susceptibility of bus and truck drivers, loading dockworkers, bus garage workers, and communities around transport hubs.
Social and labor policies, work conditions, and immigrant service sector workers' excess allostatic load, with an emphasis on Latina hotel housekeepers and Latino restaurant kitchen workers.
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Hsieh, Y.-C., Sonmez, S., Apostolopoulos, Y., & Lemke, M. K. (in press). Perceived workplace mistreatment: Work environment of Latina hotel housekeepers. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation (In Press)

2. Hege, A., Lemke, M. K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Perko, M., Sonmez, S., & Strack, R. (in press). U.S. long-haul truck driver work organization and the association with cardiometabolic disease risk. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health. (In Press)

3. Lemke, M. K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Hege, A., Wideman, L., & Sonmez, S. (in press). Work organization, sleep, and metabolic syndrome among long-haul truck drivers. Occupational Medicine (In Press)

4. Lemke, M. K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Hege, A., Wideman, L., & Sonmez, S. (in press). Work, sleep, and cholesterol levels of U.S. long-haul truck drivers. Industrial Health (In Press)

5. Apostolopoulos, Y., Sonmez, S., Hege, A., & Lemke, M. K. (in press). Work strain, social isolation and mental health of long-haul truckers. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. (In Press)

6. Wideman, L., D.J. Oberlin, S. S[246][246]nmez, J. Labban, M.K. Lemke, and Y. Apostolopoulos (2016). Obesity indices are predictive of elevated C-reactive protein in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59, 665-675

7. Lemke, M.K., G. Meissen, and Y. Apostolopoulos (2016). Overcoming barriers in unhealthy settings: A phenomenological study of healthy truck drivers. Global Qualitative Nursing Research

8. Lemke, M.K. and Y. Apostolopoulos (2016). Policy, work organization, and sleep health and safety of commercial drivers: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Journal of Ergonomics 6, 152, doi:10.4172/2165-7556.1000152

9. Lemke, M. K., & Apostolopoulos, Y. (2016). Public policy, work organization, and sleep health and safety of commercial drivers: The need for a complex systems paradigm. Journal of Ergonomics, 6(1), 152-156

10. Wideman, L., Oberlin, D. J., Sonmez, S., Labban, J., Lemke, M. K., & Apostolopoulos, Y. (2016). Sagittal diameter is predictive of elevated CRP and Metabolic Syndrome in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(8), 665-675

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

Population Health Courses
Social Epidemiology
Occupational Health
Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Obesity, Metaflammation, and Chronic Disease
Global Health
Methods and Data Analysis Courses
Systems Thinking and Complexity in Population Health
Complexity and Computational Simulation in Population Health
System Dynamics Modeling in Population Heath Research and Policy
Agent-Based Modeling in Population Health
Courses Taught
2016 - 2017
HLTH 236, HLTH 410, HLTH 643
2015 - 2016
HLTH 236, HLTH 689
2014 - 2015
HLTH 354
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