Antoine Messiah
Antoine Messiah
Tenured research scientist

Department of Mental Health and Public Health
INSERM research unit


University of Paris-11, France DrSc 1999 Epidemiology
University of Paris-7, France PhD 1988 Biostatistics
University of Paris-6, France MD 1987 Medicine
University of Paris-7, France MS 1984 Biomathematics
University of Paris-6, France BS 1982 Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Statistics applied to Medical Research


Dr Antoine Messiah is a tenured research scientist at INSERM, France. He is also consultant in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, and data analysis.
He is a medical epidemiologist with a PhD in biostatistics.
He has over 30 years post-doctoral experience in conceiving, leading, analyzing and publishing Public Health research projects, combined with experience in classroom instruction, mentoring fellows for their research project, and creation of curricula. He has a significant collaborative experience internationally. His areas of specialization are health-related behaviors, mental health, and health surveys.


Research Interest

His current research concentrates on mental health in Creole-speaking populations (Haitian Diaspora in Florida, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, La Reunion Island).


Professional Activities:

1998-present Tenured research scientist Mental Health and Public Health INSERM, France
2008- 2011 Voluntary Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University of Miami, , Miami, FL
2001-2003 Research Associate Department of Sociology University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences
1998-2003 Visiting Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1995-1998 Research fellow Epidemiology and Social Sciences INSERM, France.
1992-1995 Attending Physician Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Hospital of the University of Paris-11, France
1988-1995 Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University of Paris-11 School of Medicine, France.
1987-1988 Research fellow Epidemiology and Public Health INSERM,France.
1986 Adjunct Assistant Director National AIDS Surveillance French Public Health Service,Paris



  1. Messiah A, Vaiva G, Gokalsing E, Tempier R, Jean N, Acuna J. Mental health symptoms in post-earthquake Miami Haitians: Cumulative effect of Disaster-related stressful events. International Journal of Mental Health & Psychiatry. In print.
  2. Messiah A, Dietz NA, Byrne M, Webb-Hooper M, Fernandez C, Baker EA, Stevens M, Ocasio M, Sherman RL, Parker D, Lee DJ.. Combining Community Participatory Research with a Random-Sample Health Survey. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2015;107(2):97–101.
  3. Messiah A, Acuna JM, Castro G, Rodríguez de la Vega P, Vaiva G, Shultz JM, et al. Mental Health Impact of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake on the Miami Haitian Population: A Random-Sample Survey. Disaster Health. 2014;2(3-4):1–8.
  4. Messiah A, Castro G, Rodriguez de la Vega P, Acuna JM. Random sample community-based health surveys: does the effort to reach participants matter? BMJ Open. 2014;4(12):e005791.
  5. Felloneau M-L, Causse E, Constant A, Contrand B, Messiah A, Lagarde E.
    Gender stereotypes and superior conformity of the self in a sample of cyclists. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2013; 50:336-340.
  6. Messiah A, Constant A, Contrand B, Felloneau M-L, Lagarde E.
    Risk compensation: a male phenomenon? Results from a controlled intervention trial promoting helmet use among cyclists. Am J Public Health 2012; 102 suppl 2: s204-s206.
  7. Constant A, Messiah A, Felloneau M-L, Lagarde E.
    Investigating helmet promotion for cyclists: Results from a randomised study with observation of behaviour, using a semi-automatic video system. PLoS One 2012; 7(2): e31651.
  8. Encrenaz G, Kovess-Masféty V, Gilbert F, Galéra C, Lagarde E, Mishara B, Messiah A.
    Lifetime risk of suicidal behaviours and communication to a health professional about suicidal ideation: results from a large survey of the French adult population. Crisis 2012; 33(3): 127-136.
  9. Parker D, Dietz N, Webb-Hooper M, Byrne M, Baker E, Fernandez C, Stevens M, Messiah A, Lee D, Kobetz E.
    Developing an Urban Community-Campus Partnership: Lessons Learned in Infrastructure Development and Communication. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2012; 6(4):435-441.
  10. Constant A, Encrenaz G, Zins M, Lafont S, Chiron M, Lagarde E, Messiah A.
    Why drivers start drinking and driving? A prospective study over a 6-year period in the GAZEL cohort. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2011; 46(6):729-733.
  11. Messiah A, Grondin O, Encrenaz G. Factors associated with missing data in an experience sampling investigation of substance use determinants. Drug and Alcohol Dependance 2011; 114:153-158.
  12. Hooper MW, Zhao W, Byrne MM, Davila E, Caban-Martinez A, Dietz NA, Parker DF, Huang Y, Messiah A, Lee DJ.
    Menthol cigarette smoking and health, Florida 2007 BRFSS. Am J Health Behav 2011; 35:3-14.
  13. Byrne MM, Davila EP, Zhao W, Parker D, Hooper MW, Caban-Martinez A, Dietz N, Huang Y,; Messiah A, Lee DJ.
    Cancer screening behaviors among smokers and non-smokers. Cancer epidemiology 2010;34(5):611-7.
  14. Constant A, Lafont S, Chiron Mireille, Zins M, Lagarde E, Messiah A.
    Failure to reduce drinking and driving in France: a 6 year prospective study in the GAZEL Cohort. Addiction 2010; 105(1):57-61.
  15. Cédric Galéra, Antoine Messiah, Maria Melchior, Jean-François Chastang, Gaelle Encrenaz, Emmanuel Lagarde, Gregory Michel, Manuel-Pierre Bouvard, Eric Fombonne.
    Disruptive behaviors and early sexual intercourse: the GAZEL youth study. Psychiatry Research 2010;177(3):361-363.
  16. Galéra C, Bouvard MP, Melchior M, Chastang JF, Lagarde E, Encrenaz G, Michel G, Messiah A, Fombonne E.
    Disruptive symptoms in childhood and adolescence and early initiation of tobacco and cannabis use: the GAZEL youth study. European Psychiatry 2010;25:402-408.
  17. David J. Lee, Antoine Messiah.
    Population biomarker estimates and tobacco exposure: Comment on the article by Roethig et al. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2010; 12:540; author reply 541-542.
  18. Caban-Martinez AJ, Davila EP, Zhao W, Arheart K, Hooper MW, Byrne M, Messiah A, Dietz N, Huang Y, Fleming LE, Lee DJ.
    Disparities in hypertension control advice according to smoking status. Prev Med 2010; 51:302-306.
  19. Encrenaz G, Kovess-Masfety V, Jutand M-A, Carmona E, Sapinho D, Messiah A. Use of psychoactive substances and healthcare to deal with psychiatric disorders. Results from a French national survey. Psychiatic Services 2009; 60:351–357.
  20. Galéra C, Bouvard M, Messiah A, Fombonne E. Hyperactivity-inattention symptoms in childhood and suicidal behaviors in adolescence: the youth GAZEL cohort. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2008; 118:480-489.
  21. Messiah A, Encrenaz G, Sapinho D, Gilbert F, Carmona E, Kovess-Masféty V. Paradoxical increase of positive answers to the Cut-down,Annoyed, Guilt, Eye-opener (CAGE) questionnaire during a period of decreasing alcohol consumption: results from two population-based surveys in Île-de-France, 1991 and 2005. Addiction 2008; 103:598–603.
  22. Galéra C, Bouvard M, Messiah A, Fombonne E. Hyperactivity-inattention symptoms in childhood and substance use in adolescence: the youth Gazel cohort. Drug and Alcohol Dependance 2008; 94:30-37.
  23. Encrenaz G, Kovess Masfety V, Sapinho D, Chan-Chee C, Messiah A. Utilization of mental health services and risk of 12-month problematic alcohol use. American Journal of Health Behavior 2007; 31:392-401.
  24. Encrenaz G, Messiah A. Lifetime psychiatric comorbidity with substance use disorders: Does healthcare use modify the strength of associations? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2006; 40:1-8.
  25. Encrenaz G, Rondeau V, Messiah A, Auriacombe M. Examining the influence of drop-outs in a follow-up of maintained opiate users. Drug and Alcohol Dependance 2005; 79:303-310.
  26. Messiah A, Navaline H, Davis-Vogel A, Tobin-Fiore D, Metzger D. Sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics associated with timeliness and retention in a six-month follow-up study of high-risk injection drug users. American Journal of Epidemiology 2003; 157:930-939.
  27. Messiah A. L'identification par les médecins de l'utilisation de drogue par injection est moins bonne que la validité de l'autodéclaration par les patients de l'usage de drogue. Toxicomanies Hépatites Sida THS 2002;Vol. IV n° 15 (Septembre):838-842.
  28. Messiah A, Escaffre N, Rotily M, Galinier-Pujol A. La sexualité aux temps du sida en population vulnérable : éléments d'une enquête auprès de détenus. [Sexuality in vulnerable population in the AIDS era: elements from a study among inmates – in French]. Population 2001; 56:1012-1042.
  29. Messiah A, Loundou A, Maslin V, Lacarelle B, Moatti J-P, and the MANIF Study Group. Physician recognition of active intravenous drug use in HIV-infected patients is lower than validity of patient’s self-reported drug use. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2001; 21:103-112.
  30. Messiah A. Stuart Brody. Sex at risk: lifetime number of partners, frequency of intercourse, and the low AIDS risk of vaginal intercourse. Studies in Family Planning 1999;30:161-164.
  31. Messiah A, Bloch J, Blin P, Group A. Alcohol or drug use and compliance with safer sex guidelines for STD/HIV infection: results from the French national survey on sexual behavior (ACSF) among heterosexuals. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 1998; 25:119-124.
  32. Messiah A, Rey D, Obadia Y, Rotily M, Moatti JP. HIV testing, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices (KABP) among ethnic minorities : the case of pregnant women of North-African origin in South-Eastern France. Journal of the National Medical Association 1998; 90:87-92.
  33. Pradier C, Messiah A, Carrieri P, Rey D, Obadia O, Moatti JP. Evolution 1992-1994 du dépistage prénatal du virus de l'immunodeficience humaine (VIH). Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique 1998;46:176-182.
  34. Auroy Y, Narchi P, Messiah A, Rouvier B, Samii K. Serious complications related to regional anesthesia : results of a prospective survey in France. Anesthesiology 1997;87:479-486.
  35. Bajos N, Ducot B, Spencer B, Spira A, and the ACSF Group, (including Messiah A). Sexual risk taking, socio-sexual biographies and sexual interaction : elements of the French national survey on sexual behaviour. Social Science and Medicine 1997;44:25-40.
  36. Messiah A, Dart T, Spencer BE, Warszawski J, and the French National Survey on Sexual Behavior Group (ACSF) Condom breakage and slippage during heterosexual intercourse : a French national survey. American Journal of Public Health 1997;87:421-424.
  37. Warszawski J, Messiah A, Lellouch J, Meyer L, Deville JC, ACSF investigators. Estimating means and percentages in a complex sampling survey : application to a French national survey on sexual behaviour (ACSF). Statistics in Medicine 1997;16:397-423.
  38. Messiah A, Pelletier A, the ACSF group. Partner-specific sexual practices among heterosexual women and men with multiple partners : results from the french national survey, ACSF. Archives of Sexual Behavior 1996;25:233-247.
  39. Florequin C, Hardy P, Messiah A, Ellrodt A, Féline A. Tentatives de suicide et trouble panique : étude de 62 suicidants hospitalisés. L'encéphale 1995;XXI:87-92.
  40. Messiah A, Blin P, Fiche V, and the ACSF group. Sexual repertoires of heterosexuals : implications towards HIV/STD risk and prevention. AIDS 1995;9:1357-1365.
  41. Messiah A, Mouret-Fourme E, the French National Survey on Sexual Behavior Group. Socio-demographic characteristics and sexual behavior of bisexual men in France: implications for HIV prevention. American Journal of Public Health 1995;85:1543-1546.
  42. Smail N, Messiah A, Edouard A, et al. Role of systemic inflammatory response syndrome and infection in the occurence of early multiple organ dysfunction syndrome following severe trauma. Intensive Care Medicine 1995;21:813-816.
  43. Bajos N, Ducot B, Spira A, le groupe ACSF, (incluant Messiah A). Indicateurs et facteurs de risque de transmission sexuelle du VIH dans la population résidant en France. Revue d'Epidemiologie et de Santé Publique 1993;41:536-539.
  44. Messiah A, Bucquet D, Mettetal J-F, Larroque B, Rouzioux C, The Alain Brugeat Physician group. Factors correlated with homosexually acquired HIV infection in the era of “Safer Sex”: was the prevention message clear and well understood? Sexually Transmitted Diseases 1993;20:51-58.
  45. Messiah A, Mouret-Fourme E. Homosexualité, bisexualité : éléments de socio-biographie sexuelle. Population 1993;48:1353-1380.
  46. Spira A, Bajos N, Ducot B, ACSF investigators, (including Messiah A). Trends in Sexual Behavior. Sexually Transmitted Diseases 1993;21(suppl.):S14-S18.
  47. ACSF group (including Messiah A). Analysis of sexual behavior in France (ACSF): what kind of advance letter increases the acceptance rate in a telephone survey behavior. Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique 1992;n° 35:46-54.
  48. ACSF investigators, (including Messiah A). AIDS and sexual behaviour in France. Nature 1992;360:407-409.
  49. ACSF principal investigators, and their associates, (including Messiah A). Analysis of sexual behaviour in France (ACSF). A comparison between two modes of investigation : telephone survey and face-to-face survey. AIDS 1992;6:315-323.
  50. Duliège AM, Messiah A, Blanche S, Tardieu M, Griscelli C, Spira A. Natural history of HIV-1 infection in children : prognostic value of the laboratory parameters on the bimodal progression of the disease. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1992;11:630-635.
  51. Bajos N, Spira A, et al, (including Messiah A). Analyse des comportements sexuels en France (ACSF). Sciences Sociales et Santé 1991;IX:57-68.
  52. Blanche S, Tardieu M, Duliège A-M, Rouzioux C, Le Deist F, Fukunaga K, Caniglia M, Jacomet C, Messiah A, Griscelli C. Longitudinal study of 94 infants with maternofoetal HIV infection : evidence for a bimodal expression of clinical and biological symptoms. American Journal of Disease of Children 1990;144:1210-1215.
  53. Bouvier-Colle MH, Flahault A, Messiah A, Jougla E, Hatton F. Sudden infant death and immunisation : an extensive epidemiological approach on the problem in France, winter 1986. International Journal of Epidemiology 1989 1989;18:121-126.
  54. Messiah A, Rozenbaum W, Vittecoq D, Brunet JB. Possible correlation between exposure to AIDS risk factors, clinical presentation in AIDS, and subsequent prognosis. European Journal of Epidemiology 1989;5:336-342.
  55. Spira A, Messiah A. Les maladies sexuellement transmissibles. La Recherche 1989;20 (n° 213, Septembre):1086-1097.
  56. Flahault A, Messiah A, Jougla E, Bouvet E, Perin J, Hatton F. Sudden infant death syndrome and Diphtheria/ Tetanus toxoid/ Pertussis/ Poliomyelitis immunisation. Lancet 1988;i:582-583.
  57. Messiah A, Mary JY, Brunet JB, Rozenbaum W, Gentilini M, Valleron AJ. Risk factors for AIDS among homosexual men in France. European Journal of Epidemiology 1988;4:68-74.
  58. Messiah A, Mary JY, Brunet JB, Rozenbaum W, Gentilini M, Valleron AJ. Risk factors for AIDS among homosexual men in a moderate incidence area. International Journal of Epidemiology 1987;16:482 - 484.
  59. Messiah A, Flahault A. Absence de liaison entre la vaccination tétravalente et le syndrome de la mort subite du nourrisson (enquête cas-témoins DGS/INSERM 1986). Bulletin Epidémiologique Hebdomadaire (BEH) 1986;n° 52:205-206.
  60. Glückman JC, Klatzmann D, Cavaillé-Coll M, Brisson E, Messiah A, Lachiver D, Rozenbaum W. Is there correlation of T-cell proliferative functions and surface marker phenotypes in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome or lymphadenopathy syndrome ? Clinical and Experimental Immunology 1985;60:8-16.
  61. Cavaillé-Coll M, Messiah A, Klatzmann D, et al. Critical analysis of T-cell subset and function evaluation in patients with persistent generalized lymphadenopathy in groups at risk for AIDS. Clinical and Experimental Immunology 1984;57:511-519.
  62. Glückman JC, Cavaillé -Coll M, Klatzmann D, Messiah A, Rozenbaum W, Lachiver D, et al. Analyse critique des examens biologiques de l'immunité à médiation cellulaire dans le syndrome d'immunodéficit acquis (SIDA) et les syndromes apparenés. La Presse Médicale 1984;13:1937-1941..

Books and Monographs

  1. Messiah A. Répertoire des pratiques sexuelles en France. In: Bélec L, ed. Transmission sexuelle de l'infection par le VIH. Paris: John Libbey Eurotext, 2007: 377-389.
  2. Equipo de Investigadores COSECON (in France : M Bozon, M Giraud, A Messiah, Y Souteyrand). Estudio Nacional de Comportamiento Sexual — Síntesis de información seleccionada. Santiago (Chile) & Paris (France): Comisión Nacional del Sida & Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida, 2000.
  3. Equipo de Investigadores COSECON (incluindo/incluant/including A. Messiah). Estudio Nacional de Comportamiento Sexual — Primeros análisis. Anabella Arredondo, Eduardo Goldstein, María-Pía Olivera, Michel Bozon, Michel Giraud, y/et/and Antoine Messiah, editores/éditeurs/editors. Santiago (Chile) & Paris (France): Comisión Nacional del Sida & Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida, 2000.
  4. Messiah A, Metzger D, Davis-Vogel A, Navaline H, Lee T, Woody G. Evaluation of a procedure that increases retention in follow-up studies of I.V. drug users at risk of HIV infection. In: College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 61rst annual scientific meeting Accapulco, Mexico, June 12-17 - NIDA Research Monograph n°180. Washington D.C., USA: The National Institute of Drug Abuse, 1999: 323.
  5. Messiah A. Homosexualité, bisexualité : nombre de partenaires, caractéristiques socio-démographiques et pratiques sexuelles. In: Bajos N, Bozon M, Ferrand A, Giami A, Spira A, et le Groupe ACSF, ed.  La sexualité aux temps du Sida.  Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1998: 235-252.
  6. Messiah A. Caractéristiques socio-démographiques des homo/bisexuels masculins analysées à travers une enquête en population générale. In: Calvez M, Schiltz MA, Souteyrand Y, ed. Les homosexuels face au Sida : rationalités et gestions des risques. Paris: ANRS, 1996: 25-33.
  7. Messiah A, and the ACSF Group. Bisexuality and AIDS : results from French quantitative studies. In: Aggleton P, ed. Bisexualities and AIDS - International perspectives. London: Social aspects of AIDS. Taylor and Francis, 1996: 61-75.
  8. Messiah A, Mouret-Fourme E. Homosexuality, bisexuality : elements of socio-biography. In: Bozon M, Léridon H, ed. Sexuality and the Social Sciences : an analysis of the French sexual behavior survey. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1996: 177-203.
  9. Messiah A, Blin P, Fiche V. Les répertoires des pratiques sexuelles chez les hétérosexuels. Conséquences pour la prévention de l'infection à VIH. In: Bajos N, Bozon M, Giami A, Doré V, Souteyrand Y, ed. Sexualité et Sida : recherches en sciences sociales. Paris: ANRS, 1995: 373-375.
  10. Messiah A, Mouret-Fourme E. Caractéristiques socio-démographiques des homo/bisexuels masculins : apports d'une enquête en population générale. In: Bajos N, Bozon M, Giami A, Doré V, Souteyrand Y, ed. Sexualité et Sida : recherches en sciences sociales. Paris: ANRS, 1995: 376-379.
  11. Messiah A, Mouret-Fourme E, Pelletier A, the ACSF group. Socio-demographic characteristics and sexual behaviour of bisexual men, compared with homosexual and heterosexual men: results from the French national survey on sexual behaviour. In: Friedrich D, Heckmann W, ed. AIDS in Europe - The behavioural aspect Vol 2 : Risk behaviour and its determinants. Berlin: Sigma, 1995: 161-166.
  12. Messiah A, Pelletier A. Sexual practices during last intercourse. In: Spira A, Bajos N, and the ACSF group, ed. Sexual behaviour and AIDS. Aldershot: Avebury, 1994: 130-132.
  13. Warszawski J, Messiah A. Choice of estimators and calculating the confidence intervals. In: Spira A, Bajos N, and the ACSF group, ed. Sexual behaviour and AIDS. Aldershot: Avebury, 1994: 87-89.
  14. Messiah A, Pelletier A. Les pratiques sexuelles du dernier rapport. In: Spira A, Bajos N, et le groupe ACSF, ed. Les comportements sexuels en France. Paris: La Documentation Française, 1993: 158-160.
  15. Warszawski J, Messiah A. Choix des estimateurs et calcul des intervalles de confiance. In: Spira A, Bajos N, et le groupe ACSF, ed. Les comportements sexuels en France. Paris: La Documentation Française, 1993: 114-117.
  16. Messiah A, Bucquet D, Mettetal JF, Rouzioux C, groupe Alain Brugeat. Pratiques sexuelles associées au risque d'infection par le VIH : le "safer sex" peut-il être dangereux ? In: Job-Spira N, Spencer B, Moatti JP, Bouvet E, ed. Santé publique et maladies à transmission sexuelle. Paris: John Libbey Eurotex, 1990: 456-460.
  17. Glückman JC, Klatzmann D, Cavaillé-Coll M, Messiah A, Lachiver D, Rozenbaum W. Quantitative and qualitative T-cell defects in AIDS and related syndromes. In: Griscelli C, Vossen J, ed. Progress in immunodeficiency research and therapy. Amsterdam: Excerpta Medica, 1984: 351-356.


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