Shahrzad Mavandadi, PhD - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Shahrzad Mavandadi, PhD

CHERP COIN Investigator

Research Health Science Specialist, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry


Dr. Mavandadi's research focuses on the dynamic, and often reciprocal, association between functional and structural facets of social relationships and mental and physical well-being. Recognizing the importance of exploring the interrelationship between psychosocial factors and health outcomes in more applied contexts and settings, she has recently worked on projects that have focused on the comparative effectiveness and quality of different treatment modalities and health service delivery models for the treatment of behavioral health conditions. These projects not only focus on the direct impact of treatment and services on patient outcomes, but also on moderators (e.g., social network and sociodemographic factors and disparities) and mediators of the association between services and patient outcomes.

Dr. Mavandadi received her PhD in Health Psychology, with a specialization in Gerontology, from the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Following her doctoral work, she completed an NIMH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She also served as the Managing Director of the Biostatistics and Data Management Unit for the University of Pennsylvania Section of Geriatric Psychiatry's Advanced Center for Innovation in Services Research.

Funded Research

Caregiver SOS: An Intervention for Employed Caregivers (IIR 18-290) as Principal Investigator

Comparative Effectiveness of Delivery Methods for Caregiver Support and Education (IIR 14-080) as Principal Investigator

Research Areas

  • Mental and Physical Well-being