Assistant Professor, Health Science & Recreation
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Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2012
Master of Philosophy, International Development, Oxford University, Oxfordshire, United
Bachelor of Arts, Government, Harvard Univ, Massachusetts, United States, 2001
Miranda Worthen grew up outside of Boston, MA and has been living in the Bay Area
since 2006. Her research is multi-disciplinary and has primarily been in conflict
or post-conflict countries.
Dr. Worthen has worked extensively in Africa and Asia, as well as in Europe. She was
a co-investigator on a multi-year community-based participatory action research study
with young war-affected mothers, leading the study in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The
study, aimed at understanding and improving the reintegration experiences of girls
who had been child soldiers and other vulnerable young women, established that with
proper support, these marginalized young women could lead their communities to a more
peaceful and hopeful future. Dr. Worthen and her colleagues have published and presented
widely on this study, which has been cited by the UN Special Representative on Children
and Armed Conflict as an exemplar of how to engage children's participation in programming.
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 wellbeing 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.
Dr. Worthen teaches HS 161 Undergraduate Epidemiology, HS 261 Epidemiology in the
MPH program, and HS 176 Global Health. Dr. Worthen has also given guest lectures in
several courses throughout the University on CBPR research methods, ethics in public
health, and global health.