Brian K. Ahmedani Ph.D. L.M.S.W.

Phone: (313) 874-5857
Fax: (313) 874-7137


Dr. Brian Ahmedani received his PhD and MSW degrees in Social Work from Michigan State University (MSU). He is a fully licensed clinical and macro masters-level social worker in the State of Michigan. Dr. Ahmedani also completed a graduate certificate in Epidemiology at MSU during his NIH / NIDA-funded fellowship program in Drug Dependence Epidemiology. He joined the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in 2010. His research interests are in the area of health services and health disparities for individuals with mental health and drug use conditions. He is also particularly interested in suicide prevention and psychiatric comorbidities. Currently, he is the HFHS Site-PI for the NIMH-funded Mental Health Research Network. He is also the PI or a co-investigator on several psychiatric services projects, including an epidemiological investigation of adherence to depression treatments as well as intervention projects for depression, alcohol and drug use, and suicide prevention.

Recent publications

Ahmedani BK, Kubiak SP, Kessler RC, de Graaf R, Alonso J, Bruffaerts R, Zarkov Z, Viana MC, Huang YQ, Hu C, Posada-Villa JA, Lepine J-P, Angermeyer MC, de Girolamo G, Karam AM, Medina-Mora ME, Gureje O, Ferry F, Sagar R, Anthony JC. Embarrassment when illness strikes a close relative: A World Mental Health Survey Consortium multi-site study. Psychol Med. 2013 Jan 9:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]

Ahmedani BK, Peterson EL, Wells KE, Rand CS, Williams LK. Asthma medication adherence: The role of God and other health locus of control factors. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2012 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Hayek S, Escaro FC, Sattar A, Gamalski S, Wells KE, Divine G, Ahmedani BK, Lanfear DE, Pladevall M, Williams LK. Effect of ezetimibe on major atherosclerotic disease events and all-cause mortality. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Ahmedani BK, Osborne J, Nerenz DR, Haque S, Pietrantoni L, Mahone D, Smith BJ. Diagnosis, costs, and utilization for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in a U.S. health care setting. Psychosomatics. 2013 Jan;54(1):28-34.

Rumpel JA, Ahmedani BK, Peterson EL, Wells KE, Yang M, Levin AM, Yang JJ, Kumar R, Burchard EG, Williams LK. Genetic ancestry and its association with asthma exacerbations among African American subjects with asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Dec;130(6):1302-6.

Ahmedani BK, Hock RM. Health care access and treatment for children with co-morbid autism and other psychiatric conditions. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Nov;47(11):1807-14.

Hock RM, Ahmedani BK. Parent perceptions of autism severity: Exploring the social ecological context. Disabil Health J. 2012 Oct;5(4):298-304.

Wells KE, Peterson EL, Ahmedani BK, Severson RK, Gleason-Comstock J, Williams LK. The relationship between combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting β-agonist use and severe asthma exacerbations in a racially diverse population. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 May;129(5):1274-1279.e2.

Ahmedani BK, McBride O, Cheng HG. Factors related to recent alcohol abstinence among individuals who received previous treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2012 Jan;38(1):87-92.

Perron BE, Ahmedani BK, Vaughn MG, Glass JE, Abdon A, Wu LT. Use of salvia divinorum in a nationally representative sample. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2012 Jan;38(1):108-13.

Ahmedani BK, Perron B, Ilgen M, Abdon A, Vaughn M, Epperson M. Suicide thoughts and attempts and psychiatric treatment utilization: Informing prevention strategies. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Feb 1;63(2):186-9.