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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 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.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Health Science, San Jose State University

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