Ilene Hartman-Abramson

Ilene Hartman-Abramson

Lecturer - Public Health

 3222 FAB

Curriculum Vitae

Ilene Hartman-Abramson

 Ilene Abramson completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1990. A Specialist in Sociomedine and Instructor of Verbal Self-Defense to Abused Adults,  Dr. Abramson  has investigated the Disordered Eating/ Domestic Violence link in committed relationships.  She has taught this topic to providers, incorporated it into her work as a Consultant for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and addressed this and similar subjects as an Award-Winning Reviewer of articles submitted to the American Association of Medical Colleges and the Journal of Patient Education and Counseling.  Dr. Abramson has been a Contributing Author to the Family Medicine Journal, 2012;  Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care, 2009 and 2016 editions; and the Medical Encounter, journal/newsletter of the American Academy on Physician and Patient, 2005.   She was invited to serve on the State of  Michigan Boards of Respiratory Care and Pharmacy, to speak on the Psychosocial Components of the Childhood Obesity - School  Bullying Link (1st Annual World Congress of Nutrition and Health,  2013, Dalian, China), and to lecture at the Focus on Nutrition and Health International Conference (NHIC-2015) Busan, South Korea.


Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  1.        Medically Indigent Populations

    2.         Autistic Adults

    3.         Rural/Migrant Health

    4.         Patient “Life”  Issues (i.e., Illiteracy, PTSD) 

    5.         Learning and Test Anxiety 

    6.         Disordered Eating

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D. Higher Education/Anthropology Wayne State

Awards and Grants

  •  REVIEWER,  Patient Education and Counseling Submissions,  Elsevier Publishing Company, the Netherlands.  Received Award, Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing (2014) 


     REVIEWER,  MedEdPORTAL Submissions, Association of American Medical Colleges. Received Outstanding Reviewer Distinction  (2012)



Selected Publications

ABRAMSON, IH (Contributing Author): Cultural Influences on Medication Use  Chapter 19, in the textbook Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care, Third Edition; Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Rickles, Wertheimer, Schommer, Editors. Submission  covered Public Health topics: Patient Care Across Cultures, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.   (2016) 

ABRAMSON, IH (Guest Columnist): But Names Will Always Hurt Me: School Bullying, Educator-Induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Implications for Family Medicine. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine  (March 2015) 

ABRAMSON,  IH (Contributing Author): Exam Master Corporation.  Following the National Board of Medical Examiners guidelines,  create Questions for Online and/or CD-ROM Testing Software and/or Books, Tutorials, and Similar Publications (2012 to Present) 

 ABRAMSON, IH (Contributing Author):  An Ounce of Prevention: How Are We Managing the Early Assessment of Residents’ Clinical Skills?:  A CERA Study. Brief Report. Vol. 44, No. 10 Family Medicine (Nov - Dec  2012) 

 ABRAMSON, IH (Sole Author): Medication Use Among Culturally-Diverse Patients  Chapter 20, in the textbook Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmaceutical Care, Second Edition; Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Rickles, Wertheimer, Smith, editors. Submission covered  Migrant Health, Cross-Cultural Concepts of Aging, Domestic Violence, Health Disparities, Patient Safety, Health Literacy, the Medically Vulnerable and Cooperation Among Pharmacists and Other Providers. (2009) 

 ABRAMSON  IH (Sole Author):  Communication in the Medical Interview:  Issues of Culture, Language,  and Respect.  In:  Research- Based Updates on Medical Interviewing,  American Academy on Physician and Patient,  Editor,  Philadelphia: American Board of Internal Medicine. Introduced strategies for the Practitioner as Public Health Educator working with Undereducated Elderly Patients. (2002)                                                                                                                                     






Currently Teaching

  •  Introduction to Public Health  PH 2100

Courses taught



Wayne State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Detroit, MI.  Taught Introduction to Public Health PH 2100. (2017)


Wayne State University English Language Institute,  Detroit, MI. Prepared international students for MCAT exam.  Evaluated students'   readiness to work as Graduate Assistants in Pre-Medical and Engineering  Divisions.  Have also taught  Academic English as a Second  Language to Enrollees Preparing for Clinical Programs.    (2012 - 2016)


Wayne State University,  Department of Speech and Communication,  Detroit, MI.  Revised and taught Health Communication (SPC 3220) to Pharmacy and Allied Health Program students.  Covered such topics as Health Disparities, Interaction among Multinational Clinical Staff, Difficult Patients, and the role of the Pharmacist as Adult Educator. (Fall 2000 and Winter 2002)







Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

 INVITED  SPEAKER/CHAIR,  Symposium 3-13: Food and Nutrition Science 9th Annual Life Sciences ConferenceDalian, China.   Topic to be presented:  Disordered Eating, Anxiety and Autistic/Asperger Adults: Clinical Interviewing Strategies for Practitioners. (April 2018)


 INVITED  SPEAKER,  Nutrition and Management of Disease, 5th Annual World Congress of Food and Nutrition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Presented When Food is the Weapon of Choice:  The Triadic Relationship among Emotional Eating, Malnutrition, and Intimate Partner Violence. Also CO-CHAIR, Conference Symposium 504, Clinical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Application in Disease Management  (November 2016)


INVITED  SPEAKER,    Clinical Nutrition and Management of Other Diseases 1st  Annual World Congress of Nutrition and Health, Dalian, China.  Discussed Psychosocial Components of the Childhood Obesity - School  Bullying Link:  Nature, Scope,  and  Implications for Global Public Health   (October 2013)



CONSULTANT,  Manila Consulting Group.   In collaboration with other specialists, conducted technical review services.  Documents  for assessment provided by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices  and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (2013-2014)



CO-INVESTIGATOR,  Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Group Project Fund Grant. Surveyed prevalence and characteristics of existing early intern clinical skills assessment programs at US Family Medicine Residency Programs. Topics included Preparation of Clinicians-in-Training in Patient "Life" Topics,  Faculty Development and Underachievement in Medical Schools. Responsibilities:  Collaborated in survey instrument design and interpretation of results. Participated in presentation at the STFM Annual Spring Conference in 2012 and in writing peer-reviewed manuscript for publication in Family Medicine (2011-2012)



PRESENTER, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Learning Institute Seminar Series.  Selected by the HRSA Public Health Committee to deliver lecture, The  Triadic Relationship among Childhood Obesity-School Bullying, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Low Health Literacy:  Ramifications for Clinicians - and Everyone Else  (Abstract accepted 2012)