M Aaron Sayegh

(812) 855-8392
501 N. Morton St. Suite 104

  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MPH, 2004
  • Purdue University, PhD, 2002
  • Purdue University, MS, 1999
  • University of Houston, BA/BS, 1994

Professional Positions

  • 2011 to 2013- Clinical Research Professor, Texas A&M University, Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
  • 2011 to 2012- Interim Director, Texas Center for Health Statistics, Texas Department of State Health Services List
  • 2009 to 2011- Epidemiologist Manager, Houston HIV/STD Program, Houston Department of Health & Human Services


  • 2016- 2020 Northwest Indiana HIV Capacity Building Initiative (NWIHCBI) Scientific Lead: M.A. Sayegh Agency: SAMSHA Type: Service Grant
  • 2010 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance PI: M.A. Sayegh Agency: CDC Type: Cooperative Agreement
  • 2010 Adult Spectrum of Disease PI: M.A. Sayegh Agency: CDC Type: Cooperative Agreement
  • 2010 Test Link to Care PI: M.A. Sayegh Agency: HIV Prevention Trials Network Type: Competitive Research Grant

Research Awards

  • 2018 Public Health Research Award Winner- Indiana Public Health Association
  • 2016-2017 IU SPH-BL Internal Funding Opportunities for Faculty Research and Creative Activity
  • 2016 Black Congratulatory Ceremony Medal- Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
  • 2016 Faculty Inductee, Gamma Beta Chapter of Delta Omega- National Public Health Honorary
  • 2015-2017 Conference Planning Committee Member, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • 2014 Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
  • 2012 Excellence in Research Award- Alternative & Complementary Health Practices Section, APHA Presentation: Mind & Body Medicine: The Use of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine among PLWHA
  • 2010 Health Science Service Award -Texas TB/HIV/STD Program
  • 2009 National Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial & Ethnic Disparities Finalist-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Presentation: A Simulation Model of HIV/STI and Pregnancy among Adolescent Women in Texas: 2005 to 2015
  • 2005 The Mead Johnson New Investigator’s Award-The Society for Adolescent Medicine Project: Hormonal Contraceptive Choice, Condom Use and Relationship Quality among Adolescent and Transitional Adult Women
Research Interests

Dr. Sayegh’s broader research interests are in the area Infectious Disease, Field, and Reproductive Epidemiology with a particular focus on adolescent and young adult populations. Specifically, Dr. Sayegh’s research focuses on understanding the potential linkages among intra-psychic and social psychological constructs and risk behaviors and the use of biomedical markers of those risk behaviors. His research continues to center on Adolescent and Pediatric populations. 

Selected Publications


Obeng-Gyasi E, Armijos RX, Weigel MM, Filippelli GM. and M. Aaron Sayegh (2018). “Cardiovascular-Related Outcomes in U.S. Adults Exposed to Lead”. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, x;

Meyerson BE, Davis A, Haderxhanaj LT, Sayegh MA, Simmons MK, Multani G, Nayaert L, Meador A. (2018). “Existence and distribution of government associated STD clinics – United States, 2017.” Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IN PRESS).

Sobiech K, Rosenberg M, Godwin-Akpan T, Sayegh MA, Dodge B, Docherty C, Reece M. (2018) “Unmet need for sexual and reproductive health among Liberian males: Results from the 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey.” Studies in Family Planning

Meyerson BE, Sayegh MA. (2016) “State Size and Government Level Matter Most: A Structural Equation Model of Local Health Department Policy Behaviors.” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. Mar-Apr; 22(2):157-63. PMID: 26451754

Gassman RA, Agley J, Fly AD, Beckmeyer JJ, He K, Sayegh MA. “Using biological samples for youth ATOD survey validation.” Journal of Addiction Research & Theory. 2015 October 12; 24(3):e1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/16066359.2015.1094061

Meyerson BE, Arno JN, Van Der Pol B, Zimet G, Sayegh MA, Davis A, Barclay L. (2015) “Cervical Cancer Screening in an STD Clinic? Adoption experiences from a Midwestern Clinic”. American Journal of Public Health, 105 Suppl 2: e8-14. PMID: 25689199

Davis A, Meyerson BE, Sayegh MA, Zimet GD, Arno J, Barclay L, and B Van Der Pol. “I've had a Pap, but I haven't been screened for cervical cancer: HPV health literacy among women screened for cervical cancer at an urban STD clinic. Journal of Cancer.

“A Simulation Model of Teenage Pregnancy in Texas: 2005 to 2015.”  Journal of Maternal and Child Health 14, no. 1 (January 2010): 94-101.

“Overweight among Low-Income Texas Preschoolers Ages 2 to 4 years.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 42, no. 3 (May 2010): 178-184.

“A Simulation Model of Teenage Pregnancy in Texas: 2005 to 2015.”  Journal of Maternal and Child Health Epub, (December 09, 2008): doi: 10.1007/s10995-008-0436-z.

“The Developmental Association of Relationship Quality, Condom Use and Coital Frequency on the Hormonal Contraceptive Choice among Young Women.” The Journal of Adolescent Health 39, no. 3 (September 2006):388-95.

“Relationship Quality Effects on Adolescent Chlamydia Infections.” The Journal of Adolescent Health 37, no. 2 (August 2005):163-7.

“Relationship Quality and Social Network Closeness of Adolescent Sexual Partners.” The Journal of Research on Adolescence 38, no. 3 (March 2004): 173-8.

“More Normal than Not: A Qualitative Assessment of the Developmental Experiences of Gay Youth.” The Journal of Adolescent Health 35 , no. 5 (November 2004): 425, e11-8.

Governmental Publications

The Burden of Oral Health in Texas: 2006.  Texas Department of State Health Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). HHS Publications: Atlanta, GA. 2007.


Mind & Body Medicine: The Use of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine among People Living with HIV/AIDS. 2012 Conference of the American Public Health Association: Boulder, CO.

A Simulation Model of Teen Pregnancy, HIV and Bacterial STI Risk in Texas: 2005 to 2015. 2011 Conference of the American Public Health Association: Philadelphia, PA.

The Systems Dynamics of Teen Pregnancy and STI Risk in Texas: 2005 to 2015. Sayegh MA, Fakhreddine A, Pannala P, Weckerly E, and SK Melville. 2008 Conference of the Council for State & Territorial Epidemiologists: Buffalo, NY.

Geographic Distribution of Caries among 3rd Grade Students in Texas. Mirchandani G, Sayegh MA, and L. Altenhoff.  2008 Conference of the American Public Health Association: San Diego, CA.