Mina FarahzadMina Farahzad


Research Interests

Sexuality and Women's Health, Trauma, Violence, and Identity, Global Health

Advisor: Laura Cassidy, PhD, MS, Department of Public and Community Health
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BA, 2009, Northwestern University
Major: Philosophy

PhD, 2015, Medical College of Wisconsin
Public and Community Health
Thesis: “The Impact of Motherhood on the Mental Health & Substance Use of Women Who Trade Sex”

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012-2015
Advisor: David Seal, PhD
Project: HIV Seek, Test, and Treat with incarcerated individuals in Milwaukee, enrolling approximately 4,500 men and women in a survey and HIV testing, as well as Hepatitis C testing for a subset of ppts

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012-2015
Advisor: Laura Cassidy, PhD and Stacy Young, PhD
Project: Community-engaged research examining the impact of motherhood and child custody loss on the mental health and substance use of women who trade sex

Northwestern University, 2008
Advisor: Dr. Kearsley Stewart
Project: The Effect of Developing a Performance for Public Health on the Performance Troupe; Kampala, Uganda

Northwestern University, 2008
Advisor: Dr. Shelby Hatch
Project: The Antioxidant Activity of Chlorogenic Acid in Coffee


Stewart K, Groen S, Kamara T, Farahzad M, Samai M, Yambasu S, Cassidy L, Kushner A, Wren S. Traumatic Injuries in Developing Countries: Report from a Nationwide Cross-Sectional Survey of Sierra Leone. JAMA Surgery. January 16, 2013.

Cassidy L, Enters J, Gourlay D, Farahzad M, Lal D. Health Disparities Analysis of Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients in Milwaukee, WI. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. May 8, 2013.

Meeting Abstracts

Farahzad M, Cassidy L, Seal D, Young S, Johnson S, Beyer K. (2015, November). Motherhood and child custody loss among female street sex workers. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

Farahzad M, Bemanian A, Beyer K. (2014, November). Contraception in Uganda: Does religion matter?. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Farahzad M, Groen R, Kamara T, Samai M, Cassidy L, Stewart K, Kushner A, Wren S. (2013, October). Prevalence and disability associated with inguinal hernia in Sierra Leone: Results of a nationwide survey. Podium presentation at the World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma, and Anesthesia in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.


volleyball, geography, eating my way around the world, basketball, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, foreign languages, sci fi/fantasy, and pugs