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Ezemenari Obasi, Ph.D.

Ezemenari ObasiDr. Ezemenari M. Obasi is the Associate Vice President for Research Administration at the University of Houston.

His responsibilities primarily include managing the internal awards program, supporting the acquisition and presentation of research metrics, and helping to provide more coordination of the health research portfolio at the University of Houston.

Dr. Obasi is a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences. He is also the Founder/Director of UH's Helping Everyone Achieve A LifeTime of Health (HEALTH) Research Institute.

Dr. Obasi earned a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of California – Irvine. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology at The Ohio State University, while also obtaining a minor in quantitative psychology in the area of psychometrics and data analysis. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School: McLean Hospital. Dr. Obasi’s research focuses on the neurobiology of stress; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD); health-equity science; and cultural predictors of health behaviors. As the director of a national center, HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to team science to investigate biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants of health.

Dr. Obasi has led or participated in over $30M of innovative science funded by the National Institutes of Health (e.g., R01, R21, R13, P20, P30, U54), State (e.g., CPRIT), and other foundations (e.g., United Health Foundation). Ultimately, he is committed to advancing sustainable solutions to health challenges experienced by minoritized communities and has a strong history of being actively involved in the community while disseminating cutting-edge research designed to improve quality and length of life.