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Mike Anastario

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention



Health disparities, research methods


Dr. Mike Anastario is a sociologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. His research is broadly concerned with culturally appropriate methods for assessing exposures to both chemicals and interventions in populations experiencing health disparities. He was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar to El Salvador, and is currently a co-investigator on a cluster-randomized controlled trial, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, that uses a community-based participatory research framework to understand and prevent sexual risk behaviors in the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of Fort Peck Reservation.


  • Boston College, PhD
  • Boston College, MA
  • Boston College, BA


  1. Anastario M, Arias Rodas MG, Escobar Arteaga MA, Villanueva C, Chacón Serrano F, Ferdowsian H. Genitourinary Systems Entangled with Shifting Environments in a Salvadoran Subsistence Farming Community. Med Anthropol Q. 2020 Oct 9;. doi: 10.1111/maq.12616. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33035383.
  2. Anastario M, FireMoon P, Rink E. Sexual risk behaviors and the legacy of colonial violence among Northern plains American Indian youth: A mixed methods exploratory study. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Aug;258:113120. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113120. Epub 2020 Jun 13. PubMed PMID: 32574888.
  3. Arias Rodas M, Archila M, Moisa de Orozco M, Anastario Asignación diagnóstica según el CIE-10 entre psicólogos en un hospital salvadoreño (“ICD-10 diagnostic assignment among psychologists in a Salvadoran hospital”). Alerta. 2020 July; 3(2).
  4. Anastario M, FireMoon P, Ricker A, Holder S, Rink E. Self-reported Exposure to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information among American Indian Youth: Implications for Technology Based Intervention. J Health Commun. 2020 May 3;25(5):412-420. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1777599. Epub 2020 Jun 25. PubMed PMID: 32584646.
  5. Rink E, Anastario M, Johnson O, GrowingThunder R, Firemoon P, Ricker A, Cox G, Holder S. The development and testing of a multi-level, multi-component pilot intervention to reduce sexual and reproductive health disparities in a tribal community. Journal of ethnic & cultural diversity in social work. 2020; doi: 10.1080/15313204.2020.1770655.
  6. Anastario Parcels. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press; 2019. 198p.
  7. Ferdowsian H, Kelly S, Burner M, Anastario M, Gohlke G, Mishori R, McHale T, Naimer K. Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence Survivors: Differences Across Professional Sectors in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. J Interpers Violence. 2018 Dec;33(24):3732-3748. doi: 10.1177/0886260516639257. Epub 2016 Mar 27. PubMed PMID: 27021740.
  8. Anastario M, FourStar K, Ricker A, Dick R, Skewes MC, Rink E. A preliminary needs assessment of American Indians who inject drugs in northeastern Montana. Harm Reduct J. 2017 May 8;14(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s12954-017-0146-1. PubMed PMID: 28482846; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5422938.
  9. Mishori R, Anastario M, Naimer K, Varanasi S, Ferdowsian H, Abel D, Chugh K. mJustice: Preliminary Development of a Mobile App for Medical-Forensic Documentation of Sexual Violence in Low-Resource Environments and Conflict Zones. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Mar 24;5(1):138-151. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00233. Print 2017 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 28351881; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5478223.
  10. Zablocka R, Reil M, Guerra L, Reyes E, Werth SR, Cartwright J, Aldana L, Johnson K, Anastario Alcohol Use and HIV Prevention Among Personnel in the Belize Defence Force. J Community Health. 2017 Feb;42(1):160-168. doi: 10.1007/s10900-016-0243-1. PubMed PMID: 27617332.
  11. Rink E, FourStar K, Anastario The Relationship Between Pregnancy Prevention and STI/HIV Prevention and Sexual Risk Behavior Among American Indian Men. J Rural Health. 2017 Jan;33(1):50-61. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12166. Epub 2015 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 26696246.
  12. Anastario Medical Record Review and Evidence of Mass Rape during the 2007-2008 Postelection Violence in Kenya . In: Gender Violence in Peace and War. Sanford V, editor. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press; 2016. Chapter 5; p.85-101.
  13. Rink E, Ricker A, FourStar K, Anastario Unzip the Truth: Results from the Fort Peck Men’s Sexual Health Intervention and Evaluation Study. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 2016; 11(4):306-330.
  14. Rink E, Anastario MP, FourStar K. Perceived Level of Relationship Commitment, Sexual Risk Taking and Condom Use Among American Indian Men. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Aug;17(4):1078-85. doi: 10.1007/s10903-014-0058-z. PubMed PMID: 24952907.
  15. Rink E, Montgomery-Andersen R, Anastario The effectiveness of an education intervention to prevent chlamydia infection among Greenlandic youth. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Feb;26(2):98-106. doi: 10.1177/0956462414531240. Epub 2014 Apr 8. PubMed PMID: 24713230.
  16. Anastario M, Barrick K, Gibbs D, Pitts W, Werth R, Lattimore P. Factors driving Salvadoran youth migration: A formative assessment focused on Salvadoran repatriation facilities. Children and youth services review. 2015; 59:97-104.
  17. Hallum-Montes R, Senter L, D’Souza R, Gates-Ferris K, Hurlbert M, Anastario Improving completion rates for client intake forms through Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview (ACASI): results from a pilot study with the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program. J Healthc Qual. 2014 Nov-Dec;36(6):47-53. doi: 10.1111/jhq.12034. Epub 2013 Aug 23. PubMed PMID: 24033402.
  18. Anastario MP, Adhiambo Onyango M, Nyanyuki J, Naimer K, Muthoga R, Sirkin S, Barrick K, van Hasselt M, Aruasa W, Kibet C, Omollo G. Time series analysis of sexual assault case characteristics and the 2007-2008 period of post-election violence in Kenya. PLoS One. 2014;9(8):e106443. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106443. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25170917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4149572.
  19. Rink E, Montgomery-Andersen R, Anastario “Today we are not good at talking about these things”: A mixed methods study of Inuit parent/guardian-youth sexual health communication in Greenland. International Journal of Indigenous Health. 2014; 10(1). doi:
  20. Anastario MP, Hallum-Montes R, Reyes E, Manzanero R, Chun H. Toward a social theory of sexual risk behavior among men in the Armed Services: understanding the military occupational habitus. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2013 Dec;37(4):737-55. doi: 10.1007/s11013-013-9335-x. PubMed PMID: 24101537.
  21. Anastario MP, FourStar K, Rink E. Sexual risk behavior and symptoms of historical loss in American Indian men. J Community Health. 2013 Oct;38(5):894-9. doi: 10.1007/s10900-013-9695-8. PubMed PMID: 23624772.
  22. Hallum-Montes R, Morgan S, Rovito HM, Wrisby C, Anastario Linking peers, patients, and providers: a qualitative study of a peer integration program for hard-to-reach patients living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care. 2013 Aug;25(8):968-72. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2012.748869. Epub 2013 Jan 11. PubMed PMID: 23311339.
  23. Anastario M, Chun H, Soto E, Montano S. A trial of questionnaire administration modalities for measures of sexual risk behaviour in the uniformed services of Peru. Int J STD AIDS. 2013 Jul;24(7):573-7. doi: 10.1177/0956462413476273. Epub 2013 Jul 19. PubMed PMID: 23970774.
  24. Anastario MP, Dabreo J, Morris J, Hallum-Montes R, Arredondo G, Creel A, Cowan L, Chun H. Condom use following a pilot test of the Popular Opinion Leader intervention in the Barbados Defence Force. J Community Health. 2013 Feb;38(1):46-53. doi: 10.1007/s10900-012-9577-5. PubMed PMID: 22752574.
  25. Hallum-Montes R, D’Souza R, Tavarez MI, Manzanero R, Dann GE, Chun HM, Anastario Condom use during last sexual contact and last 30 days in two samples of Caribbean military personnel. Am J Mens Health. 2012 Mar;6(2):132-5. doi: 10.1177/1557988311418218. Epub 2011 Nov 21. PubMed PMID: 22105063.
  26. Anastario M, Salafia CM, Fitzmaurice G, Goldstein JM. Impact of fetal versus perinatal hypoxia on sex differences in childhood outcomes: developmental timing matters. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2012 Mar;47(3):455-64. doi: 10.1007/s00127-011-0353-0. Epub 2011 Feb 17. PubMed PMID: 21327969; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3715145.
  27. Chun H, Tavarez MI, Dann GE, Anastario Interviewer gender and self-reported sexual behavior and mental health among male military personnel. Int J Public Health. 2011 Apr;56(2):225-9. doi: 10.1007/s00038-010-0185-9. Epub 2010 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 20809349.
  28. Anastario M, Manzanero R, Blanco R, Reyes E, Jaramillo R, Black L, Dann GE, Leonard E, Boryc K, Chun H. HIV infection, sexual risk behaviour and condom use in the Belize defense force. Int J STD AIDS. 2011 Feb;22(2):73-9. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2010.010274. PubMed PMID: 21427427.
  29. Tavarez MI, Chun H, Anastario Correlates of sexual risk behavior in sexually active male military personnel stationed along border-crossing zones in the Dominican Republic. Am J Mens Health. 2011 Jan;5(1):65-77. doi: 10.1177/1557988310362097. Epub 2010 Apr 21. PubMed PMID: 20413389.
  30. Boryc K, Anastario MP, Dann G, Chi B, Cicatelli B, Steilen M, Gordon-Boyle K, Singh S, Morris M. A needs assessment of clients with HIV in a home-based care program in Guyana. Public Health Nurs. 2010 Nov-Dec;27(6):482-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00888.x. Epub 2010 Nov 8. PubMed PMID: 21087301.
  31. Anastario MP, Tavarez MI, Chun H. Sexual risk behavior among military personnel stationed at border-crossing zones in the Dominican Republic. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2010 Nov;28(5):361-7. PubMed PMID: 21308181.
  32. Anastario MP, Rodriguez HP, Gallagher PM, Cleary PD, Shaller D, Rogers WH, Bogen K, Safran DG. A randomized trial comparing mail versus in-office distribution of the CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey. Health Serv Res. 2010 Oct;45(5 Pt 1):1345-59. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01129.x. PubMed PMID: 20579126; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2965508.
  33. Ryan C, Salas-Wright V, Anastario M, Camara G. Making research matter… Matter to whom?. International Journal of Communication. 2010; 4.
  34. Anastario M, Shehab N, Lawry L. Responding to gender-based violence in disasters. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2009 Oct;3(3):138-9. doi: 10.1097/DMP.0b013e3181b7e67c. PubMed PMID: 19865037.
  35. Anastario M, Shehab N, Lawry L. Increased gender-based violence among women internally displaced in Mississippi 2 years post-Hurricane Katrina. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2009 Mar;3(1):18-26. doi: 10.1097/DMP.0b013e3181979c32. PubMed PMID: 19293740.
  36. Anastario MP, Larrance R, Lawry L. Using mental health indicators to identify postdisaster gender-based violence among women displaced by Hurricane Katrina. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Nov;17(9):1437-44. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2007.0694. PubMed PMID: 18945206.
  37. Sequist TD, Schneider EC, Anastario M, Odigie EG, Marshall R, Rogers WH, Safran DG. Quality monitoring of physicians: linking patients’ experiences of care to clinical quality and outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Nov;23(11):1784-90. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0760-4. Epub 2008 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 18752026; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2585686.
  38. Anastario M, Schmalzbauer L. Piloting the time diary method among Honduran immigrants: gendered time use. J Immigr Minor Health. 2008 Oct;10(5):437-43. doi: 10.1007/s10903-007-9109-z. PubMed PMID: 18080199.
  39. Shehab N, Anastario MP, Lawry L. Access to care among displaced Mississippi residents in FEMA travel trailer parks two years after Katrina. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):w416-29. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.5.w416. Epub 2008 Aug 29. PubMed PMID: 18757460.
  40. Streeck H, Brumme ZL, Anastario M, Cohen KW, Jolin JS, Meier A, Brumme CJ, Rosenberg ES, Alter G, Allen TM, Walker BD, Altfeld M. Antigen load and viral sequence diversification determine the functional profile of HIV-1-specific CD8+ T cells. PLoS Med. 2008 May 6;5(5):e100. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0050100. PubMed PMID: 18462013; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2365971.
  41. Rodriguez HP, Anastario MP, Frankel RM, Odigie EG, Rogers WH, von Glahn T, Safran DG. Can teaching agenda-setting skills to physicians improve clinical interaction quality? A controlled intervention. BMC Med Educ. 2008 Jan 14;8:3. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-8-3. PubMed PMID: 18194559; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2245937.
  42. Larrance R, Anastario M, Lawry L. Health status among internally displaced persons in Louisiana and Mississippi travel trailer parks. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 May;49(5):590-601, 601.e1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2006.12.004. Epub 2007 Mar 30. PubMed PMID: 17397967.
  43. Ryan C, Anastario M, DaCunha A. Changing coverage of domestic violence murders: a longitudinal experiment in participatory communication. J Interpers Violence. 2006 Feb;21(2):209-28. doi: 10.1177/0886260505282285. PubMed PMID: 16368762.
  44. Ryan C, Anastario M, Jeffreys K. Start small, build big: Negotiating opportunities in media markets. Mobilization. 2005; 10(1):111-128.