Worthen, Miranda E

Worthen, Miranda E

Assistant Professor, Health Science & Recreation
Program Coordinator, Health Science


Preferred: miranda.worthen@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-2977


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2012
  • Master of Philosophy, International Development, Oxford University, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 2006
  • 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.