Anthony R. Mawson, MA, DrPH

Visiting ProfessorMawson
Concentration: Epidemiology



350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 320
Jackson, MS 39213-7681
Office Phone: 601-979-8797
P.O. Box 17067 (JSU Campus Mail Only)



McGill University, Montreal, Canada



Sociology & Psychology

University of Essex, England




London School of Economics & Political Science




Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine




Tulane SPHTM





Research/Professional Interests:

I am an interdisciplinary epidemiologist and social scientist with special interests in the evolutionary-adaptive origins of health disparities, the perinatal origins of chronic diseases, and the role of psychosocial factors in health and disease. My recent work has included studies of “river blindness”, with Williams H. Makunde, MD, MPH, National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania, supported by an investigator-initiated research grant from Pfizer; a study on the pathogenesis of sickle cell disease, with Suvankar Majumdar, MD; and health services evaluation research, supported by the Dwoskin Family Foundation.



Grant from the Goldsmith's Company of London to attend McGill University, Montreal; Postgraduate Studentship, LSE; NATO Study Award, Harvard Medical School; U.S. Public Health Service Traineeships, Tulane University School of Public Health; President-Elect, Iowa Public Health Association; $1 million level Grantsmanship Award, Jackson State University; Gold Medallion Grantsmanship Award (for grants/contracts >$10 million), University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Selective Peer-reviewed Publications:

Lakhan R, Mawson AR. Identifying children with intellectual disabilities in the tribal population of Barwani District in State of Madhya Pradesh, India. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 2015. doi: 10.1111/jar.12171.

Mawson AR, Eriator I, Karre S. The pathogenesis of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN): Could retinoids play a causative role? Medical Science Monitor 2015; 21:133-43. doi: 10.12659/MSM.891043.

_____, Walley KE Jr. Toward a long-term strategy for preventing motor vehicle crashes and injuries: the case for automation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2014; 11(8):8123-36. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110808123.

_____. Retinoids, race, and the pathogenesis of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Medical Hypotheses 2013 Aug 13. doi:pii: S0306-9877(13)00393-9. 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.08.004.

_____. Mefloquine neurotoxicity, retinoids and violence: hypothesis. Medical Science Monitor 2013; 19: 579-583; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.8890332013).

_____, Wang X. Breastfeeding, retinoids and postpartum depression: a new theory. Journal of Affective Disorders 2013; 150:1129-1135. DOI information: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.05.038

_____. The pathogenesis of malaria: A new perspective. Pathogens and Global Health 2013; 107(3):122-129.

_____, Kerson T, Callender J. From shopping mall to village: Retrofitting the built environment for the 21st century. World Health Design, April 2013; 6(2):64-69. ISSN 1654-9694.

_____. Retinoids in the treatment of glioma: a new perspective. Cancer Management and Research 2012; 2012(4):233-241.

_____. Role of fat-soluble vitamins A and D in the pathogenesis of influenza: A new perspective. ISRN Infectious Diseases Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 246737, 26 pages

_____. Toward a theory of learning disorders, hyperactivity and aggression. ISRN Psychiatry Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 589792, 19 pages doi:10.5402/2012/589792

Younis MZ, Jaber S, Mawson AR, Hartmann M. Estimating the unit costs of public hospitals and primary healthcare centers. International Journal of Health Planning & Management 2012 Nov 5. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2147.

Younis R, Younis M, Hamidi S, Musmar M, Mawson AR. Causes of traumatic brain injury in patients admitted to Rafidia, Al-Ittihad and the Specialized Arab Hospitals, Palestine (2006-2007). Brain Injury 2011; 25(3):282-291.

Tian N, Penman AD, Manning RD Jr, Flessner MF, Mawson AR. Association between circulating specific leukocyte types and incident chronic kidney disease: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 2012 Mar-Apr; 6(2):100-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.

Tian N, Penman AD, Mawson AR, Manning RD Jr, Flessner MF. Association between circulating specific leukocyte types and blood pressure: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 2010; 4(6):272-83.

Berget RJ, Reynolds CF, Ricci EM, Quinn SC, Mawson AR, Payton M, Thomas SB. A plan to facilitate the early career development of minority scholars in the health sciences. Social Work and Public Health 2010; 25(6):572-90.

Mawson AR. The hands of John Snow: clue to his untimely death? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2009; 63(6):497-9.

_____. On the association between low resting heart rate and chronic violence: retinoid toxicity hypothesis. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 2009; 33(2):205-13.

_____. Bone pain, growth failure and skin rash after an upper respiratory illness in a boy with autism: possible association with altered retinoid metabolism. Clinical Pediatrics 2009; 48(1):21-5.

Jacob B, Mawson AR, Payton M, Guignard JG. Disaster mythology and fact: Hurricane Katrina and social attachment. Public Health Reports 2008; 123:555-566.

Mawson AR. Mass Panic and Social Attachment: The Dynamics of Human Behavior. Ashgate Publishers: Aldershot, U.K., 2007 (309 pp).

_____. Understanding mass panic and other collective responses to threat and disaster. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes 2005; 68: 95-113 (with commentaries by Ann Norwood, Beverley Raphael and Benigno Aguirre, pp. 114-129).

_____. Intentional injury and the behavioral syndrome. Aggression and Violent Behavior 2005; 10 (March-April):375-405.

______. Commentary: Strategies to reduce caesarean section delivery rates should be strengthened and diversified beyond a mandatory second opinion. Evidence-Based Public Health & Healthcare 2004; 8:392-395.

_____. Ethics of large clinical trials in rapidly lethal diseases. Lancet 2003; 361:1296.

_____. Effects of antiretroviral therapy on occurrence of preeclampsia. Lancet 2003; 361:347-48.

_____, WaKabongo M. Onchocerciasis-associated morbidity: hypothesis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2002; 96:1-2.

_____, Guignard JC. Preventing heat-induced death in vehicles. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2002; 23(3):233-4.

_____. Reducing cesarean section delivery rates in managed care organizations. American Journal of Managed Care 2002; 8:730-740.

_____, Lapsley PM, Hoffman A, Guignard J. Preventing lethal violence in schools: the case for entry-based weapons screening. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 2002; 27 (April):243-260, with editorial and commentaries by Jackson Toby and David Hemenway.

_____. On not taking the world as you find it—epidemiology in its place. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2002; 55:1-4.

_____. Could bronchial asthma be an endogenous, pulmonary expression of retinoid intoxication? Frontiers in Bioscience 2001; 6:d973-985.

_____, Steele T. Possible role of retinoids in hepatitis B virus-associated morbidity. Experimental Biology and Medicine 2001; 226(8):734-39.

Erickson JM, Mawson AR. Possible role of retinoid (vitamin A) intoxication in the pathophysiology of primary biliary cirrhosis. Journal of Theoretical Biology 2000 (Sept 7); 206(1):47-54.

Mawson AR. Reinterpreting physical violence: outcome of intense stimulation-seeking behavior. Academic Emergency Medicine 1999; 6:863-865.

_____. Addiction as stimulation-seeking behavior: implications for treatment. Integrative Medicine 1999; 2:27-30.

______. Stimulation-induced behavioral inhibition: a new model for understanding physical violence. Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science 1999; 34(3): 177-197.

_____. Breast cancer in female flight attendants. Lancet 1998; 352:626 (letter, August 22, with responses and rejoinders, October 24, 1998 issue).

_____. The place of hysterectomy in the management of benign uterine disease. HMO Practice 1996; 10:69-74. (Result of work with CIGNA Healthcare of Louisiana).

_____, Biundo JJ Jr, Clemmer DI, Jacobs KW, Ktsanes VI, Rice JC.  Sensation-seeking, criminality, and traumatic spinal cord injury: A case‑control study. American Journal of Epidemiology 1996; 144:463-72.

_____, Warrier R, Kuvibidila A, and Suskind RM.  Pediatric AIDS and nutrition. In R.M. Suskind and L. Lewinter-Suskind (eds.), Textbook of Pediatric Nutrition (Second edition), Raven Press, New York, 1993, pp. 447-455.

_____, Siddiqui FH, Sharp CJ, Connolly B, Summer WR, and Biundo JJ Jr. Sacral transcutaneous oxygen tension levels in the spinal cord injured: risk factor for pressure ulcers?  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1993; 74:745-751.

______, Siddiqui FH, Sharp CJ, Connolly B, Stewart G, Summer WR and Biundo JJ Jr. Effect of high voltage pulsed galvanic stimulation on sacral transcutaneous oxygen tension levels in the spinal cord injured. Paraplegia 1993; 31:311-319.

_____, Siddiqui FH, and Biundo JJ Jr. Enhancing host resistance to pressure ulcers: a new approach to prevention. Preventive Medicine 1993; 22:433-450.

_____, Onor GI. Gout and vitamin A intoxication: Is there a connection?  Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 1991; 20 (5):297-304.

_____, Snelling L, Winchester Y, and Biundo JJ Jr. 526 spinal cord injuries: Experience of the Louisiana Rehabilitation Institute, 1965‑1984. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society 1991; 143:31-37.

_____, Biundo JJ Jr, Neville P, Linares H, Winchester Y, and Lopez A.  Risk factors for early‑occurring pressure ulcers following spinal cord injury.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1988; 67:123‑127.

_____, Jacobs KW, Winchester Y, and Biundo JJ Jr. Sensation‑seeking and traumatic spinal cord injury: Case‑control study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1988; 69:1039‑1043.

Linares HA, Mawson AR, Suarez E, and Biundo JJ Jr.  Association between pressure sores and immobilization in the immediate post‑injury period.  Orthopedics 1987; 10:571‑573.

Mawson AR. Transient Criminality: A Model of Stress‑Induced Crime. Praeger Publishers, New York, 1987 (335 pp).

_____, Biundo JJ Jr. Contrasting beliefs and actions regarding seat belts: a study in New Orleans. Journal of Trauma 1985; 25:433‑437.

_____. Hypervitaminosis A toxicity and gout. Lancet 1984; i (May 26): 1181 (letter).


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