Directory » YORGHOS APOSTOLOPOULOS
yaposto@tamu.edu
314B BLOC
845-1774
Department
HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY
Health Education

YORGHOS APOSTOLOPOULOS
Associate Professor
HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY
Curriculum Vitae
BIOGRAPHY
I am an associate professor of population health and founding director of the Complexity & Computational Population Health Group. I also hold an adjust professor post with Radboud University in the Netherlands.

My areas of expertise blend occupation health and social epidemiology with chronic disease prevention and complex systems science. My research has been supported by various funding sources and has led to over 140 peer-reviewed published manuscripts and conference presentations. I am currently working on the ground-breaking book "Complex Systems and Population Health: A Primer," which introduces an integrative complex-systems paradigm to the population health sciences, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2019.
COURSES TAUGHT
HLTH236. RACE ETHNICITY & HEALTH
2016C,2015C
HLTH353. DRUGS & SOCIETY
2020C
HLTH354. MED TERM FOR HLTH PROF
2015A
HLTH410. HLTH PROGRAMS WORKPLACE
2019C,2018C,2018A,2017C,2017A
HLTH643. INTRO TO EPIDEMIOLOGY
2018A,2017A,2016C
HLTH689. SPECIAL TOPICS IN
2016A,2015C
MEDIA COVERAGE (SELECTED)
"Two professors known nationally for research on health of commercial drivers," excerpted from article by Lanita Withers Goins, University Relations, University of North Carolina Greensboro Media Advisory, Greensboro, North Carolina. Health and Human Sciences Online, www.uncg.edu/hhs, 2013.
National press-conference keynote speaker: New findings from government-funded tobacco control and prevention research were presented at a live press conference (print, broadcast) at the Journalists' House, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2007.
NIH-funded social epidemiological research on risk networks of North American long-haul truck drivers and their role in potential STI/HIV transmission became the target of the Traditional Values Coalition. I was interviewed by Discover Magazine ("Forbidden Science: What can studies of pornography, prostitutes, and seedy truckstops contribute to society?" by Barry Yeoman), 2004.
NIH-funded research on sexual, drug, and other risk networks of North American long-haul truck drivers and their potential role in disease dissemination attracted media attention with extensive references and citations (Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, GovExec.com, Traditional Values Coalition website, SFGate.com, Politics & Science website (Congressman Waxman), APA online, The Scientist, eTrucker, Arizona Republic, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Atlanta Journal Constitution), 2002-04.
Work on spring break of American college students and STI/HIV risk taking as well as relevant presentation of findings at the International Conference of Travel Medicine attracted the attention of the Italian press, Di Messaggero newspaper, Venice, Italy, 2000.
GRANT PROPOSAL REVIEWER (MOST RECENT)
Texas A&M University Division of Research, PESCA Grants Review Board, 2017.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Journal Articles
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2018). Moving alcohol prevention research forward[48]14Part I: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13955.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, N. Hosseinichimeh, I.S. Harvey, K. Hassmiller Lich, and J. Brown (2018). Embracing causal complexity in health disparities: Metabolic syndemics and structural prevention in rural minority communities. Prevention Science, 1-11.
Hege, A., M.K. Lemke, Y. Apostolopoulos, and S. S[246][246]nmez. Occupational health disparities among U.S. long-haul truck drivers: The influence of work organization and sleep on cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk. PLOS ONE
Hege, A., M.K. Lemke, Y. Apostolopoulos, and S. S[246][246]nmez. The impacts of work organization, job stress, and sleep on the health behaviors and outcomes of U.S. long-haul truck drivers. Health Education & Behavior
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, S. Newnam, and S. S[246][246]nmez (2018). Can subjective sleep problems detect latent sleep disorders among commercial drivers? Accident Analysis & Prevention, 115, 62-72.
[8226]S[246]nmez, S., Y. Apostolopoulos, M.K. Lemke, Y.C. Hsieh, and W. Karwowski (2017). Complexity of occupational health in the hospitality industry: Dynamic simulation modeling to advance immigrant worker health. International Journal of Hospitality Management.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part II: New directions grounded in community-based system dynamics modeling. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13953.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part I: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13955.
Hsieh, Y.C., S. S[246][246]nmez, Y. Apostolopoulos, and M.K. Lemke (2017). Perceived workplace mistreatment: The case of Latina hotel housekeepers. Work, 56, 55-65.
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, L. Wideman, and S. S[246]nmez (2017). Work organization, sleep, and metabolic syndrome among long-haul truck drivers. Occupational Medicine, 67, 274-281.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A. Hege, S. Sonmez, H. Sang, D.J. Oberlin, and L. Wideman (2016). Work and chronic disease: Comparison of cardiometabolic risk markers between truck drivers and the general U.S. population. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58, 1098-1105.
Apostolopoulos, Y., S[246]nmez, S., Hege, A, & Lemke, M. K. (2016). Work strain, social isolation and mental health of long-haul truckers. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32(1), 50-69.
Hege, A., M.K. Lemke, Y. Apostolopoulos, M. Perko, S. S[246][246]nmez, and R. Strack. U.S. long-haul truck driver work organization and the association with cardiometabolic disease risk. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
Hege, A., M. Perko, Y. Apostolopoulos, S. S[246][246]nmez, and R. Strack (2016). U.S. long-haul truck driver health demands an integrated approach. International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Hege, A., Y. Apostolopoulos, M. Perko, S. S[246][246]nmez, and R. Strack (2016). The work organization of long-haul truck drivers and the association with body mass index. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58, 712-717.
Lemke, M.K. and Y. Apostolopoulos (2016). Policy, work organization, and sleep health and safety of commercial drivers: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Journal of Ergonomics 6, 152, doi:10.4172/2165-7556.1000152
Lemke, M. K., & Apostolopoulos, Y. (2016). Public policy, work organization, and sleep health and safety of commercial drivers: The need for a complex systems paradigm. Journal of Ergonomics, 6(1), 152-156
Lemke, M. K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Hege, A., Sonmez, S., & Wideman, L. (2016). Understanding the role of sleep quality and sleep duration in commercial driving safety. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 97, 79-86
Lemke, M.K., G. Meissen, and Y. Apostolopoulos (2016). Overcoming barriers in unhealthy settings: A phenomenological study of healthy truck drivers. Global Qualitative Nursing Research
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, L. Wideman, S. S[246][246]nmez, and S. Muhammad. Work organization, sleep, and metabolic syndrome among long-haul truck drivers. Occupational Medicine
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, S. Sonmez, and L. Wideman (2016). Sleep quality as a better predictor of safety-relevant performance than sleep duration among long-haul truck drivers. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 97, 79-86.
Wideman, L., D.J. Oberlin, S. Sonmez, J. Labban, Y. Apostolopoulos, and M.K. Lemke (2016). Obesity indices are predictive of elevated C-reactive protein in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59, 665-675.
Wideman, L., Oberlin, D. J., Sonmez, S., Labban, J., Lemke, M. K., & Apostolopoulos, Y. (2016). Sagittal diameter is predictive of elevated CRP and Metabolic Syndrome in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(8), 665-675
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, S. Sonmez, and A. Hege (2015). The obesogenic environment of commercial trucking: A worksite environmental audit and implications for systems-based interventions. American Journal of Health Education
Apostolopoulos, Y., S. Sonmez, A. Hege, and M.K. Lemke (2015). Confluence of work strains and social isolation and the mental health of long-haul commercial drivers. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Apostolopoulos, Y., S. Sonmez, M.K. Lemke, and R.B. Rothenberg (2015). Mapping U.S. long-haul truck drivers[48]19 multiplex networks and risk topography in inner-city neighborhoods. Health & Place
Hege, A., M. Perko, A. Johnson, C.H. Yu, S. Sonmez, and Y. Apostolopoulos (2015). Surveying the impact of work hours and schedules on commercial motor vehicle driver sleep. Safety & Health at Work
Hege, A., Q. Vallejos, Y. Apostolopoulos, and M.K. Lemke (2015). Health disparities of Latino immigrant workers in the United States: A systematic review and new research directions. International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care
Hsieh, J., Y. Apostolopoulos, and S. Sonmez (2015). Work conditions and the health and wellbeing of Latina hotel housekeepers. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
Hsieh, Y.C., Y. Apostolopoulos, G. Hatzudis, and S. Sonmez (2015). Social, occupational, and spatial exposures and mental health disparities of working-class Latinas. Journal for Immigrant and Minority Health
Lemke, M.K., A. Hege, M. Perko, S. Sonmez, and Y. Apostolopoulos (2015). Work patterns, sleeping hours, and excess weight among commercial drivers. Occupational Medicine
Lemke, M.K. and Y. Apostolopoulos (2015). Health and wellness programs for commercial motor vehicle drivers: Organizational assessment and new research directions. Workplace Health & Safety
Sonmez, S., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Tanner, K. Massengale, and M. Brown (2015). Ethnoepidemiological research challenges: Networks of long-haul truckers in the inner city. Ethnography
Book Chapters
Lemke, M.K. and Y. Apostolopoulos (2018). New directions in occupational roadway safety grounded in complex systems theory and simulation modeling. In: (Ed. Casanova, M.), Systems Theory and Medicine. Hauppaugue, New York: NOVA Science Publishers.
Other Publications and Presentations
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, L. Wideman, S. S[246][246]nmez, and S. Muhammad. Work, sleep, and cholesterol levels of U.S. long-haul truck drivers. Industrial Health
PEER REVIEWER (HEALTH DISPARITIES JOURNALS)
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
International Journal of Sexual Health
Health Promotion Practice
BMC Public Health
Preventive Medicine
RESEARCH PROJECTS
Using Complex Systems Science to Reduce Large-Truck Roadway Crash Burden
PI. DHHS-CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Federal)
2019-12-01 — 2023-11-30
Using Complex Systems Science to Reduce Large-Truck Roadway Crash Burden
PI. DHHS-CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Federal)
2019-12-01 — 2019-11-30
Using Complex Systems Science to Reduce Large-Truck Roadway Crash Burden
PI. DHHS-CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Federal)
2019-12-01 — 2023-11-30
Using Complex Systems Science to Reduce Large-Truck Roadway Crash Burden
PI. National Institutes of Health (DHHS/PHS/NIH) (Federal)
2019-12-01 — 2023-11-30
Systems Science & Simulation Modeling to Address Metabolic Disparities in Rural Minority Communities
Co-PI (). DHHS-PHS-NIH (Federal)
2018-10-01 — 2020-09-30
Delineating Hispanic Immigrants' Allostatic Load Dynamics through Systems Modeling
PI. University of Central Florida-NIH (Federal)
2018-09-12 — 2021-06-30
Using a Systems Modeling Approach to Cervical Cancer Control
Co-PI (). University of North Texas-HSC - NIH (Federal)
2018-05-01 — 2019-04-30
PESCA: In Search of Impactful Alcohol Misuse Reduction Policies in College Environments: A Community-Based System Dynamics Modeling Approach
Co-PI (). TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research - PESCA (State)
2017-05-01 — 2018-04-30
Delineating Hispanic Immigrants' Allostatic Load Dynamics through Systems Modeling
PI. University of Central Florida-NIH (Federal)
2016-09-01 — 2019-08-31
PEER REVIEWER (INFECTIOUS DISEASES JOURNALS)
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Journal of AIDS and HIV Research
International Journal of STI & AIDS
EDITORSHIPS
Associate Editor. BMC Medical Research Methodology (2017)
PEER REVIEWER (OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH JOURNALS)
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health
Accident Analysis & Prevention
Safety Science
POPULATION HEALTH COURSES TAUGHT (SELECTED)
Social Epidemiology
Occupational Health
Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
Global Health
Grounded in ecosocial, syndemic, and complex systems frameworks, my research examines how social structure shapes excess chronic syndemicity and pronounced population health inequalities across socioeconomic and occupational lines and temporal scales. I use statistical, mathematical, and computational modeling and simulation to deconstruct critical transitions of chronic syndemics; examine whether, how, which, and why tipping points generate these syndemics; detect early-warning signals to anticipate dramatic syndemic shifts; and identify impactful and equitable preventive interventions to strengthen population health resilience.
METHODS/DATA ANALYSIS COURSES TAUGHT (SELECTED)
Systems Thinking and Complexity in Population Health
Research Methods in Population Heath
CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE
Complex systems science in prevention and population health disparities research.
Complex systems science in occupational health and safety research and practice.
Transport work environment, sleep disorders, and cardiometabolic syndemicity.
Health and social inequalities among minority, immigrant, and other underserved populations.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Cardiometabolic and sleep health disparities of commercial transport operators in North America.
Cardiometabolic syndemicity of rural racial minorities and low-wage Hispanic immigrants in the U.S.
Cardiometabolic prevention among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in the European Union.
Alcohol misuse prevention among college students and young adults.
PLANNED METHODS/DATA ANALYSIS COURSES
System Dynamics Modeling in Population Health Research and Policy
COMPLETED FUNDED RESEARCH (SELECTED)
1. "Sleep Disorders and Associated Comorbidities/Hazards Among Long-Haul Truck Drivers" (Principal Investigator).
Objectives: Grounded in ecosocial and occupational stress theories, we will assess the complex pathways among the multilevel trucking occupational context, sleep disorders, and associated comorbidities and occupational hazards among truck drivers. Funding source: Office of Research and Economic Development, University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina, 2011-2013.
2. "Trucker Networks, Drug use, and Disease Transmission" (Principal Investigator).
Objectives: To study the sex and drug exchanges among social and risk networks of long-haul truckers and their potential role in the acquisition and dissemination of sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections. Funding source: NIH, 2002-2006.
3. "Indigenous Institutions, Social networks and HIV Risk in Borana, Ethiopia" (Principal Investigator).
Objectives: To examine how indigenous institutions, family social structuring, gender relations, compromised health, medical-care interventions, population mobility, conditions in transit and border milieux, conditions in urban/rural settings, and social-network structures render populations vulnerable to the acquisition and dissemination of sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections. Funding source: CDC, 2004-2006.
4. "The Social Organization of High-Risk Sexual Behaviors at Truckstops: Evaluation and Intervention Strategies" (Principal Investigator).
Objectives: (1) To investigate the social organization of sexual and substance misuse patterns among trucker risk networks in the southwest; (2) to explore their sociocultural and physical contexts and potential role in disease dissemination; and (3) to develop preventive intervention programs for truckstops and inner-city areas for the reduction of STI/HIV risks. Funding source: Arizona State University, Division of Research, Tempe, Arizona 2000-2002.
PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED RECENT MANUSCRIPTS)
Apostolopoulos, Y., K. Hassmiller Lich, and M.K. Lemke (Eds.) (2019, in progress). Complex Systems and Population Health: A Primer. New York: Oxford University Press.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part I: Introducing a complex systems paradigm. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13955.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A.E. Barry, and K. Hassmiller Lich (2017). Moving college drinking prevention research forward-Part II: New directions grounded in community-based system dynamics modeling. Addiction, doi:10.1111/add.13953.
Apostolopoulos, Y., M.K. Lemke, A. Hege, S. Sonmez, H. Sang, D.J. Oberlin, and L. Wideman (2016). Work and chronic disease: Comparison of cardiometabolic risk markers between truck drivers and the general U.S. population. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58, 1098-1105.
Hege, A., Y. Apostolopoulos, M. Perko, S. Sonmez, and R. Strack (2016). The work organization of long-haul truck drivers and the association with body mass index. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58, 712-717.
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, L. Wideman, and S. Sonmez (2017). Work organization, sleep, and metabolic syndrome among long-haul truck drivers. Occupational Medicine, 67, 274-281.
Lemke, M.K., Y. Apostolopoulos, A. Hege, S. Sonmez, and L. Wideman (2016). Sleep quality as a better predictor of safety-relevant performance than sleep duration among long-haul truck drivers. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 97, 79-86.
Lemke, M.K., A. Hege, Y. Apostolopoulos, S. Sonmez, and L. Wideman (2017, in press). Work organization and sleep among long-haul truck drivers and other transport workers: Implications for safety. Journal of Transport and Health.
Sonmez, S., Y. Apostolopoulos, M.K. Lemke, Y.C. Hsieh, and W. Karwowski (2017, in press). Complexity of occupational health in the hospitality industry: Dynamic simulation modeling to advance immigrant worker health. International Journal of Hospitality Management.
Wideman, L., D.J. Oberlin, S. Sonmez, J. Labban, Y. Apostolopoulos, and M.K. Lemke (2016). Obesity indices are predictive of elevated C-reactive protein in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59, 665-675.