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Miranda Worthen

Miranda Worthen is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University, California. She received her MPhil in international development from Oxford University and her PhD in epidemiology from U.C. Berkeley. Her research is multi-disciplinary and has primarily been in conflict or post-conflict countries. Dr. Worthen has worked in Africa and Asia, as well as in Europe. Dr. Worthen's current research includes two California-based projects. The first project is a collaboration with the Native American Health Center (NAHC), an organization serving urban Indians throughout the Bay Area. This collaboration, which began in 2011, is focused on improving outcomes for Native youth. Dr. Worthen offers technical assistance to the evaluation staff at NAHC and has conducted research into the understanding and experience of suicide in the community. Through this work, we have identified several early markers of vulnerability to future health problems, including suicide, homicide, and accidental injury. We are collaboratively developing appropriate interventions aimed at improving well being in this community. The second project is a multidisciplinary study examining mental health and post-war reintegration experiences of United States military service members and veterans. For this study, Dr. Worthen has used mixed methods to shed light on this poorly understood problem. Through interviews with Bay Area veterans about their experiences coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Worthen identified patterns of reintegration experiences. Together with colleagues at Columbia University, the Uniformed Services University, and U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Worthen is conducting a longitudinal study of Reserve and National Guard service members and their mental health needs, including the role of social support and trauma history in anger. 


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