Miranda Worthen earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California,
Berkeley. She earned her BA from Harvard and her MPhil in International Development from
Oxford University. Dr. Worthen grew up outside of Boston, MA and has been living in the
Bay Area since 2006. Her research has primarily been in conflict or post-conflict
countries, and she has had the opportunity to work in several countries in Africa, Asia,
and Europe. Dr. Worthen has been working with young mothers who were child soldiers since
2003. She co-coordinated a multiyear participatory action research study in Sierra Leone,
Liberia and northern Uganda that helped these young women and their children reintegrate
into their communities. She has published and presented widely on this study. Dr. Worthen
has also published and presented on her research on prostitution and sex trafficking in
Nepal and India. Her current research includes two California-based projects. The first
project is a multidisciplinary study examining mental health and anger problems among
United States military service members and veterans. For this study, Dr. Worthen
interviewed Bay Area veterans about their experiences coming back from Iraq and
Afghanistan. An article on these veterans’ experiences living with their parents after
military service was published in May 2012 in Contemporary Family Therapy. She also is
collaborating with colleagues to conduct a longitudinal study of Reserve and National
Guard service members and their mental health needs. For the second project, Dr. Worthen
is working with the Native American Health Center (NAHC), an organization serving urban
Indians throughout the Bay Area, to evaluate a youth wellness and suicide prevention
intervention. She has also been assisting NAHC in developing a long-term evaluation
strategy for all their wellness programming. 

Peer Reviewed Publications


Anger problems and posttraumatic stress disorder in male and female National Guard and Reserve Service members (with S D. Rathod, G. Cohen, L. Sampson, R. Ursano, R. Gifford, C. Fullerton, S. Galea, and J. Ahern), Journal of Psychiatric Research (2014)

Anger is a common problem among veterans and has been associated with posttraumatic stress disorder...



Facilitating War-Affected Young Mothers’ Reintegration: Lessons from a Participatory Action Research Study in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. (with G. Onyango, A. Veale, M. Wessells, and S. McKay), International Journal of Social Science Studies (2013)

Young women and girls formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups face multiple challenges....



Participation as principle and tool in social reintegration: Young mothers formerly associated with armed groups in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Northern Uganda (with A. Veale, S. McKay, and M. Wessells), Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma (2013)

Experience of traumatic stressors within armed groups can negatively impact social cognitions of mastery, self-efficacy,...



The Causes, Course, and Consequences of Anger Problems in Veterans Returning to Civilian Life (with J. Ahern), Journal of Loss and Trauma (2013)

While anger is a common problem for veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,...



Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ experiences living with their parents after separation from the military (with M Moos and R Ahem), Contemporary Family Therapy (2012)

When military service members separate from the military, many return to their families of origin,...


Additional Publications


Children of young mothers formerly associated with armed forces or groups in Sierra Leone, Liberia and northern Uganda (with A. Veale, S. McKay, and M. Wessells), Early Childhoods in the Global South: Local and International Contexts (2013)
Girls Formerly Associated with Fighting Forces and Their Children: Returned and Neglected (with S McKay, M Robinson, and M Gonsalves), Child Soldiers Newsletter (2006)