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


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 has expertise in psychosocial and mental health interventions and services research as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods. Her research focuses on the association between psychosocial factors and mental and physical well-being, particularly among individuals with behavioral and neuropsychiatric conditions, with an emphasis on understanding psychosocial correlates of patient and caregiver behavioral health outcomes.

She has recently worked on a number of clinical trials that have focused on the comparative effectiveness of different modalities and health service delivery models for the treatment of behavioral health conditions. For example, Dr. Mavandadi was PI on a VA-funded pilot clinical intervention trial that evaluated the feasibility and outcomes of a patient/caregiver-centered dementia care management program, which emphasized training in caregiving strategies.

She is currently Co-PI on a multi-center, randomized clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of a group vs. individually-delivered collaborative care management program for caregivers of Veterans with dementia. Dr. Mavandadi is the PI of a program funded by the state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging that provides collaborative behavioral health care for older adults enrolled in the state’s pharmaceutical assistance program for low-income older adults (PACE/PACENET). Part of the services provided include a program (Caregiver Research, Education, and Support (CREST) program) for caregivers of PACE/PACENET enrollees with dementia.  Dr. Mavandadi has been involved in the study design and analysis of data from studies examining the role of Veterans’ caregivers/relationship partners in other contexts (e.g., depression, substance use, Parkinson’s Disease, postdeployment). In collaboration with the VA National Director of Geriatric Mental Health, she is leading an evaluation of mental health integration within Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) practices.

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.

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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
  • Caregivers