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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 Associate Professor, San Jose State University Health Science and Recreation

Curriculum Vitae

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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

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Peer Reviewed Publications (26)