Iraj Poureslami

Senior Health Evaluation Scientist
Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
604-875-4111 ext. 61812
Mailing Address 
716-828 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver


Academic Appointment 
Body Locations and Systems 
Other Areas of Research 
Health literacy and patient engagement

Iraj Poureslami is a senior research scientist at Faculty of Medicine, and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, UBC. Iraj’s main research goal is to address socio-cultural and environmental determinants of health and inequity in Canada. Iraj has conducted various health promotion and health literacy intervention projects, applying behavioural modification strategies and stage of change models. Iraj is a WHO mentor of health promotion, member of WHO Early Childhood Development Knowledge Network, and member of the Canadian National Health Literacy Expert Panel. Iraj has extensive knowledge and expertise in developing conceptual framework for community-based, research-to-action and full participatory approaches.

Current Projects 
  • Innovative approach to promote COPD self-management in newcomer communities in the Greater Vancouver Area: Results from a qualitative study and a randomized controlled trial
  • Effectiveness of educational interventions on asthma self-management in Punjabi and Chinese asthma patients: A randomized controlled trial
  • Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) with ethno-cultural groups as a tool to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate asthma educational materials
  • The effect of a multi-dimensional smoking cessation intervention in new immigrants residing in the Greater Vancouver Area: A community-based program