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Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Assistant Professor
B.A.: Cornell
MPH.: UC Berkeley
PhD: UC Berkeley
(209) 228-2498

Dr Sidra Goldman-Mellor
Research Interests: 

Lifecourse determinants of internalizing disorder, suicidal behavior, effects of psychological disorder on physical health and economic outcomes, psychiatric epidemiology, biological embedding of social adversity

Primary Research Interest: 
General Behavioral Sciences
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
Bylaw 55 Unit: 
Public Health
Recent Success: 
Awarded $750,000 NIH grant in 2017 to evaluate health outcomes of suicidal behavior in CA
Community Affiliations: 
Involved in Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative.
Serves as Director of HSRI Biostatistics & Data Support Core.
Memeber of HSRI Executive Committee
Graduate Courses: 
Epidemiology; Research Methods
Undergraduate Courses: 
Intro to Epidemiology; Research Seminar: Analysis of Epidemiologic Data.
Graduate Student Research: 
Access to and quality of behavioral health care in rural California.
Use of technological innovations in improving elders’ health and quality of life.
Current Graduate Students: 
Past Research Topics: 
Social factors as causes of psychological disorder
Effects of psychological disorder on physical health and economic outcomes
Area Of Expertise: 
Suicide epidemiology
Depression & anxiety
Links between mental and physical health problems, including violence
Economy & mental health
Field of Study: 
Mental Health / Epidemiology
Year Joined UC Merced: 
Post Doc School: 
UNC / Duke
Tucson, AZ
Current Funding Needs: 
Research funding for graduate students
Staff funding for HSRI Biostatistics & Data Support Core to better support medical research being conducted by healthcare providers within the San Joaquin Valley
Current Research Focus: 

The majority of work focuses on understanding how the social environment can affect risk for psychological problems like depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior – and, in turn, how those psychological problems affect our risk for other kinds of poor health outcomes. Current research examines the causes and long-term health consequences of suicidal behavior.