Lida Gharibvand

Lida Gharibvand, MS, Ph.D

Professor, Allied Health Studies, School of Allied Health Professions
Director, Allied Health Studies, Allied Health Studies, School of Allied Health Professions

I teach several statistics and health research courses at various departments within Loma Linda School of Allied Health Professions. My skillset encompasses quantitative research, study design, pedagogical, organizational, and creative best practices to accelerate student development and performance. My research interests involve air pollution, cancer, public health, geriatrics, medical science and oncology. In addition, I perform statistical data analysis in support of PhD research projects conducted by SAHP PhD students. Also, I provide data analysis consulting services in support of ongoing research projects from other faculty members as well as Master's degree students (PT, Nutrition, O&P, Occupational Therapy). I support Loma Linda University’s institutional mission by serving as a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), member of FGS Admissions Review Committee, and member of Aging Population Research Team.

My community service involves serving as president of Orange County and Inland Empire SAS Users Group (OCIE SUG), as well as serving on the Leadership Council of American Statistical Association (ASA), Orange County and Long Beach Chapter. Prior to my teaching and research activities at Loma Linda University, I served as faculty since 2005 at University of Nevada-Reno, University of California-Riverside, California State University Fullerton and Irvine Valley College.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Loma Linda University
  • MS, Applied Statistics, University of California-Riverside
  • MS, Mathematics, University of Nevada-Reno
  • BS, Computer Engineering, Shahed University


  • GRASP Grant, Loma Linda University, 2018
  • Young Investigator Award, Loma Linda University, 2017
  • Selma Andrews Scholarship, Loma Linda University, 2016
  • Selma Andrews Scholarship, Loma Linda University, 2012
  • Dean's Scholarship, University of California-Riverside, 2009
  • Dean's Scholarship, University of Nevada-Reno, 2007

Research Experience

  • GRASP Grant: As Principal Investigator from School of Allied Health and in collaboration with a team of researchers from LLU School of Medicine and LLU School of Public Health, won the “Grant for Research and School Partnerships (GRASP). The title of this innovative research is “The Association between Air Pollution and Biological Aging and Cognition”. 2018.
  • Co-author Research: “The immediate effects of cervical spine manipulation on pain and biochemical markers in females with acute non-specific mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial”. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy - Published online: 11 Dec 2018 DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2018.1553696 12/2018.
  • First Author Research: “The Association between Adenocarcinoma Subtype of Lung Cancer in Non-smokers and Ambient Particulate Air Pollution: Results from the AHSMOG-2 Study”. Environmental Health Journal. (2017) 16:71 DOI 10.1186/s12940-017-0268-7 
  • First Author Research: “The association between ambient fine particulate air pollution and lung cancer incidence: Results from the AHSMOG-2 study”. Environmental Health Perspectives, doi:10.1289/EHP124. Published August 2016.
  • PhD Research: The title of my PhD dissertation was “Long-Term Concentrations of Ambient Air Pollutants and Risk of Lung Cancer”. The purpose of research study was to assess ambient PM2.5 and the gaseous pollutant ozone (O3) with the risk of developing lung cancer, using the Adventist Health Study on the Health Effects of Smog (AHSMOG-2) cohort. June 2016.