Wassim Tarraf

Wassim Tarraf


Assistant Professor


Occupational Therapy

Office Location

87 East Ferry Street, Knapp Bldg, Room 240





Wassim Tarraf

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Wayne State University, 2010
  • MBA, Wayne State University, 2002
  • BS, Lebanese American University, 1999

Professional Memberships

  • Academy Health
  • American Public Health Association
  • Gerontological Society of America

Primary Research Interest

  • Minority health and aging
  • Gerontology
  • Statistical methods
  • Health services research
  • Health policy
  • Population health
  • Public health


Recent Publications

1. Sofer, T., Emery, L., Jain, D., Ellis, A.M., Laurie, C.C., Allison, M.A., Lee, J., Kurniansyah, N., Kerr, K.F., González, H.M. and Tarraf, W., 2019. Variants Associated with the Ankle Brachial Index Differ by Hispanic/Latino Ethnic Group: a genome-wide association study in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Scientific reports, 9(1), pp.1-11.
2. Vásquez, P., Tarraf, W., Doza, A., Marquine,M., Perreira, M., Schneiderman,N., Zeng,D., Cai,J., Isasi,C., Daviglus,M., González, H.M.Cognitive stimulation factors and cognitive function among Latino adults in HCHS/SOL. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. 2019. Accepted.
3. Ross, J., Hua, S., Perreira, K.M, Hanna, D., B, Castañeda, S.F, Gallo, L., C. Penedo, F., J. Tarraf, W., Hernandez, R., Potler N., Talavera, G., A, Daviglus, M, L Gonzalez, F., Kaplan, R., C, Smoller-Wassertheil, S., Association between immigration status and anxiety, depression and use of anxiolytic and antidepressant medications in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Annals of Epidemiology. 2019 Accepted
4. Zilioli, S., Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Lawrence, S., Cutchin, M., (2019). Socioeconomic Status, Ecologically Assessed Social Activities, and Daily Cortisol Among Older Urban African Americans. Journal of aging and health: 0898264319856481.
5. Vásquez, P.M., Durazo-Arvizu, R.A., Marquez, D.X., Argos, M., Lamar, M., Odoms-Young, A., Wu, D., González, H.M., Tarraf, W., Sotres-Alvarez, D. and Vidot, D., 2019. Moderate-vigorous physical activity and health-related quality of life among Hispanic/Latino adults in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Journal of patient-reported outcomes, 3(1), p.45.
6. Lamar, M., Durazo-Arvizu, R.A., Sachdeva, S., Pirzada, A., Perreira, K., Rundek, T., Gallo, L., Grober, E., DeCarli, C., Lipton, R.B., Tarraf, W., Gonzalez, H.M. & Daviglus, M.L. (2019). Cardiovascular disease risk factor burden and cognition: Implications of ethnic diversity within the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. PLOS One, 14(4), e0215378.
7. Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Brody, A., & Levy, P. (2019). Feasibility of a behavioral automaticity intervention among African Americans at risk for metabolic syndrome. BMC public health, 19(1), 413.
8. Bulka, C. M., Daviglus, M. L., Persky, V. W., Durazo-Arvizu, R. A., Lash, J. P., Elfassy, T., Lee, D., Ramos, A., Tarraf, W., & Argos, M. (2019). Association of occupational exposures with cardiovascular disease among US Hispanics/Latinos. Heart, 105(6), 439-448.
9. Byrd, D. R., Gee, G. C., & Tarraf, W. (2018). Black-white mental status trajectories: What ages do differences emerge?. SSM-population health, 6, 169-177.
10. Casagrande, S.S., Menke, A., Aviles-Santa, L., Gallo, L.C., Daviglus, M.L., Talavera, G.A., Castañeda, S.F., Perreira, K., Loop, M.S., Tarraf, W. and González, H.M.,"Factors associated with undiagnosed diabetes among adults with diabetes: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)." Diabetes research and clinical practice 146 (2018): 258-266.
11. González, H. M., Tarraf, W., Jian, X., Vásquez, P. M., Kaplan, R., Thyagarajan, B., ... & Fornage, M. (2018). Apolipoprotein E genotypes among diverse middle-aged and older Latinos: Study of Latinos-Investigation of Neurocognitive Aging results (HCHS/SOL). Scientific reports, 8(1), 17578.
12. Mahmoudi, E., Cohen, A., Buxbaum, J., Richardson, C. R., & Tarraf, W. (2018). Gaining Medicaid Coverage During ACA Implementation: Effects on Access to Care and Preventive Services. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 29(4), 1472-1487.
13. Tarraf, W., Jensen GA, Dillaway, H.E., Vasquez, P., González, H.M. Trajectories of aging among US older adults: mixed evidence for a Hispanic paradox (2018). J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci.
14. Gonzalez, H.M., Tarraf, W., Vasquez, P., Sanderlin, A.H, Rosenberg, N.I, Davis, S., …, & Schneiderman, N. (2018). Metabolic syndrome and neurocognition among diverse middle-aged and older Hispanics/Latinos: HCHS/SOL results. Diabetes care, 41(7), 1501-1509.
15. Almahmoud, M. F., Gonzalez, H. M., Swett, K., Tarraf, W., Schneiderman, N., Kansal, M. M., ... & Rodriguez, C. J., (2018). Association of cardiac structure and function with neurocognition in hispanics/latinos: the echocardiographic study of latinos. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes, 2(2), 165-175.
16. Tarraf, W., Criqui, M. H., Allison, M. A., Wright, C. B., Fornage, M., Daviglus, M., ... & González, H. M., (2018). Ankle brachial index and cognitive function among Hispanics/Latinos: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Atherosclerosis, 271, 61-69.
17. Hernandez, R., González, H. M., Tarraf, W., Moskowitz, J. T., Carnethon, M. R., Gallo, L. C., ... & Buelna, C. (2018). Association of dispositional optimism with Life’s Simple 7’s Cardiovascular Health Index: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Sociocultural Ancillary Study (SCAS). BMJ open, 8(3)
18. Ferdows NB, Jensen GA, Tarraf W., (2018). Healthy Aging After Age 65: A Life-Span Health Production Function Approach. Research on aging, 40(5), 480-507.
19. Elfassy, T., Aiello, A. E., Schneiderman, N., Haan, M. N., Tarraf, W., González, H. M., ... & Grober, E., 2018. Elfassy, T., Aiello, A. E., Schneiderman, N., Haan, M. N., Tarraf, W., González, H. M., ... & Grober, E. (2018). Relation of diabetes to cognitive function in Hispanics/Latinos of diverse backgrounds in the United States. Journal of aging and health, 0898264318759379.
20. González HM, Tarraf W, Harrison K, Windham BG, Tingle J, Alonso A, Griswold M,Heiss G, Knopman D, Mosley TH., (2017). Midlife cardiovascular health and 20-yearcognitive decline: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study results. Alzheimers Dement. pii: S1552-5260(17)33838-4.
21. Vásquez E, Strizich G, Isasi CR, Echeverria SE, Sotres-Alvarez D, Evenson KR, Gellman MD, Palta P, Qi Q, Lamar M, Tarraf W, González HM, Kaplan R., (2017). Is there arelationship between accelerometer-assessed physical activity and sedentary behavior and cognitive function in US Hispanic/Latino adults? The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Prev Med. 103:43-48.
22. Camacho A, Tarraf W, Jimenez DE, Gallo LC, Gonzalez P, Kaplan RC, Lamar M, Khambaty T, Thyagarajan B, Perreira KM, Hernandez R, Cai J, Daviglus ML, Wassertheil-Smoller S, González HM., (2017). Anxious Depression and Neurocognition among Middle-Aged and Older Hispanic/Latino Adults: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Results. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. pii: S1064-7481(17)30346-9.
23. Tarraf W, Rodríguez CJ, Daviglus ML, Lamar M, Schneiderman N, Gallo L, Talavera GA, Kaplan RC, Fornage M, Conceicao A, González HM., (2017). Blood Pressure and Hispanic/Latino Cognitive Function: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Results. J Alzheimers Dis. 59(1):31-42.
24. Lamar M, Wu D, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Brickman AM, Gonzalez HM, Tarraf W, Daviglus ML., (2017). Cognitive Associates of Current and More Intensive Control of Hypertension: Findings From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Hypertens. 30(6):624-631
25. Samuel, P. S., Tarraf, W., & Marsack, C. (2018). Family quality of life survey (FQOLs-2006): Evaluation of internal consistency, construct, and criterion validity for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics, 38(1), 46-63.
26. Fritz H, Tarraf W, Saleh DJ, Cutchin MP., (2017). Using a Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment Protocol With Community Dwelling Older African Americans. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 72(5):876-887.
27. Tarraf, W., Jensen, G. and González, H.M., (2017). Patient Centered Medical Home Care Among Near-Old and Older Race/Ethnic Minorities in the US: Findings from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 19(6), 1271-1280.
28. Ramos, A.R., Tarraf, W., Daviglus, M., Davis, S., Gallo, L.C., Mossavar-Rahmani, Y., Penedo, F.J., Redline, S., Rundek, T., Sacco, R.L. and Sotres-Alvarez, D., (2016). Sleep Duration and Neurocognitive Function in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Sleep, 39(10), pp.1843-1851.
29. Kershaw, K.N., Giacinto, R.E., Gonzalez, F., Isasi, C.R., Salgado, H., Stamler, J., Talavera, G.A., Tarraf, W., Van Horn, L., Wu, D. and Daviglus, M.L., (2016). Relationships of nativity and length of residence in the US with favorable cardiovascular health among Hispanics/Latinos: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Preventive medicine, 89, pp.84-89.
30. González, H.M., Tarraf, W., Gouskova, N., Rodríguez, C.J., Rundek, T., Grober, E., Pirzada, A., González, P., Lutsey, P.L., Camacho, A. and Daviglus, M.L., (2016). Life’s Simple 7’s Cardiovascular Health Metrics are Associated with Hispanic/Latino Neurocognitive Function: HCHS/SOL Results. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 53(3), pp.955-965.
31. Mahmoudi, E., Tarraf, W., Maroukis, B.L. and Levy, H.G., (2016). Does Medicare Managed Care Reduce Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Preventive Care and Healthcare Expenditures?. American Journal of Managed Care, 22(10), pp.E360
32. González, H.M., Tarraf, W., Rodríguez, C.J., Gallo, L.C., Sacco, R.L., Talavera, G.A., Heiss, G., Kizer, J.R., Hernandez, R., Davis, S. and Schneiderman, N., (2016). Cardiovascular health among diverse Hispanics/Latinos: Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) results. American heart journal, 176, pp.134-144.
33. Tarraf, W., Mahmoudi, E., Dillaway, H.E. and González, H.M., (2016). Health spending among working-age immigrants with disabilities compared to those born in the US. Disability and health journal, 9(3), pp.479-490.
34. Tarraf, W., Jensen, G. A. and González, H. M. (2016), Impact of Medicare Age Eligibility on Health Spending among U.S. and Foreign-Born Adults. Health Serv Res, 51: 846–871.
35. Hu, J., Jensen, G.A., Nerenz, D. and Tarraf, W., (2015). Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit in a Large Health Care Organization: Who Is Using It? Annals of internal medicine, 163(7), pp.567-568.
36. Jensen, G. A., Salloum, R., Hu, J., Ferdows, N., Tarraf, W. (2015). "A Slow Start: Use of Preventive Services among Seniors Following the Affordable Care Act's Enhancement of Medicare Benefits." Prev. Med, 76, 37-42.
37. Johnson-Jennings, M., Tarraf, W., & González, H. M. (2015). The healing relationship in Indigenous patients' pain care: Influences of racial concordance and patient ethnic salience on healthcare providers' pain assessment. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(2), 33-50.
38. Mahmoudi, E., Jensen, G. A., & Tarraf, W. (2015). Effects of Medicare Part D on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Utilization Among Seniors." Journal of aging and health 27, no. 5 (2015): 797-826.
39. González, H.M., Tarraf, W., Gouskova, N., Gallo, L.C., Penedo, F.J., Davis, S.M., Lipton, R.B., Argüelles, W., Choca, J.P., Catellier, D.J. and Mosley, T.H., (2015). Neurocognitive function among middle-aged and older Hispanic/Latinos: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30(1), pp.68-77.
40. Ramos, A. R., Tarraf, W., Rundek, T., Redline, S., Wohlgemuth, W. K., Loredo, J. S., ... & Choca, J. P. (2014). Obstructive sleep apnea and neurocognitive function in a Hispanic/Latino population. Neurology, 84(4), 391-398.
41. Johnson‐Jennings, M. D., Tarraf, W., Xavier Hill, K., & González, H. M. (2014). United States colorectal cancer screening practices among American Indians/Alaska Natives, blacks, and non‐Hispanic whites in the new millennium (2001 to 2010). Cancer, 120(20), 3192-3299.
42. Tarraf, W. , Vega W, Gonzalez HM. (2014). Emergency Department Services Use Among Immigrant and Non-immigrant Groups in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 16(4), 595-606.
44. Gonzalez, H. M., Tarraf, W. , Bowen, M. E., Johnson-Jennings, M. D., Fisher, G. G. (2013). What Do Parents Have to Do with My Cognitive Reserve Life Course Perspectives on Twelve-Year Cognitive Decline. Neuroepidemiology, 41(2), 101-109.
45. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W. (2013) Comorbid cardiovascular disease and major depression among ethnic and racial groups in the United States. International psychogeriatrics. 25(05), 833-841.
46. Miranda PY, Tarraf, W. , Gonzalez P, Johnson-Jennings M, Gonzalez HM. (2012) Breast cancer screening trends in the United States and ethnicity. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention. 21(2):351-357.
47. Tarraf, W. , Miranda PY, Gonzalez HM. (2012). Medical expenditures among immigrant and nonimmigrant groups in the United States: Findings from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (2000-2008). Med Care. 50(3):233-242.
48. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W., (2012) Whitfield K, Gallo JJ. Vascular depression prevalence and epidemiology in the United States. J Psychiatr Res. 46(4):456-461.
49. Miranda PY, Johnson-Jennings M, Tarraf, W., Gonzalez P, Vega WA, Gonzalez HM. (2012) Using colorectal trends in the U.S. to identify unmet primary care needs of vulnerable populations. Prev Med. 55(2):131-136. 2011
50. Miranda PY, Tarraf, W. , Gonzalez HM. (2011) Breast cancer screening and ethnicity in the United States: implications for health disparities research. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 128(2):535-542.
51. Miranda PY, Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W. (2011) Pathways Between Acculturation and Health Does the Measure Matter? Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 33(4):524-539.
52. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W., Haan MN. (2011) The metabolic syndrome, biomarkers, and the acculturation health relationship among older Mexican Americans. J Aging Health. 23(7):1101-1115.
53. Gonzalez HM, Vega WA, Williams DR, Tarraf, W., West BT, Neighbors HW. Depression care in the United States: too little for too few. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(1):37-46.
54. Gonzalez HM, Vega WA, Tarraf, W. (2010) Health care quality perceptions among foreign-born Latinos and the importance of speaking the same language. J Am Board Fam Med. 23(6):745-752.
55. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W., Whitfield KE, Vega WA. (2010) The epidemiology of major depression and ethnicity in the United States. J Psychiatr Res. 44(15):1043-1051.
56. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W., West BT, Chan D, Miranda PY, Leong FT. (2010) Antidepressant use among Asians in the United States. Depress Anxiety. 27(1):46-55.
57. Gonzalez HM, Vega WA, Rodriguez MA, Tarraf, W., Sribney WM. (2009)Diabetes awareness and knowledge among Latinos: does a usual source of healthcare matter? J Gen Intern Med. 24 Suppl 3:528-533.
58. Gonzalez HM, Tarraf, W., West BT, et al. (2009) Antidepressant use in a nationally representative sample of community-dwelling US Latinos with and without depressive and anxiety disorders. Depress Anxiety. 26(7):674-681.
59. Gonzalez HM, Ceballos M, Tarraf, W., West BT, Bowen ME, Vega WA. (2009) The health of older Mexican Americans in the long run. Am J Public Health. 99(10):1879-1885.
60. Gonzalez, H.M., Croghan, T.,West, B., Williams, D., Nesse, R, Tarraf, W., Taylor, R., Hinton, L.,Neighbors, H., Jackson, J. (2008) Antidepressant use in black and white populations in the United States. Psychiatr Serv. 59(10):1131-1138.

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