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About Miranda E. Worthen

Miranda Worthen earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her BA from Harvard and her MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University. Dr. Worthen grew up outside of Boston, MA and has been living in the Bay Area since 2006. Her research is broadly focused on social justice and public health. The scope of her work includes basic epidemiology of psychosocial factors; the development of context-appropriate participatory action research and mixed methodologies; and intervention research aimed at ameliorating health disparities. Most of her work focuses on social factors that influence the physical and mental health impact of exposure to violence and stress at the individual, family, community, and societal level. Dr. Worthen has worked with U.S. service members and veterans, young mothers formerly associated with armed groups in Africa, and college students in the U.S.


Present Professor, San Jose State University Public Health and Recreation

Curriculum Vitae


2021 Covid-19 Inequities Study
Thoracic Foundation
Role: PI
2020 - 2021 Human Rights Institute: People’s Budget of San José
Heising-Simons Foundation
Role: Co-PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Coordinating Committee Member, Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association
2017 - Present History Subcommittee member, Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association
2012 - 2015 Evaluation Consultant, Native American Health Center, Family Wellness Unit
2012 Guest, National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation
2009 - 2012 Study Director, Study on Supportive Environments for California Veterans
2006 - 2010 Co-Coordinator for West Africa, Study on Former Girl Soldiers
Peer-Reviewer, American Journal of Epidemiology
Peer-Reviewer, Journal of Traumatic Stress
Peer-Reviewer, Social Science and Medicine
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Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Investigator Award, San Jose State University (2016)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley (2010)


2012 Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of California - Berkeley ‐ School of Public Health
2006 M.Phil., International Development Studies, Oxford University
2002 B.A., Government, Harvard University


Peer Reviewed Publications (30)