Goleen Samari

Postdoctoral FellowPhD, MPH, MA, University of California Los Angeles

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow
Goleen Samari



Health Disparities, Reproductive Health, Global Health, Migration, Gender


Goleen Samari completed her PhD in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015. She also holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies from UCLA. She joined the Population Research Center as an NICHD Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the fall of 2015.

Her research focuses on social determinants of health and health disparities with a particular attention to communities in or from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She examines the relationships between Islamophobia, gender, and family demography and population health outcomes in the United States and MENA. Her work often focuses on how social and demographic processes affect women’s health over the life course. Her research interests include migration and health, family and community contexts of immigrant households, intergenerational relationships, women’s sexual and reproductive health, and evaluation of global and domestic public health programs and policies.

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