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Sidra received her Ph.D. in epidemiology (2012) and her M.P.H. (2007) from the University of California-Berkeley. Her B.A. in biological anthropology is from Cornell University. After completing her doctorate, Sidra was a postdoctoral fellow with the NICHD-funded Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; during her fellowship, Sidra worked with the Moffitt-Caspi team at Duke University. She has been an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Merced, since July 2014.
Sidra's research interests focus on understanding how aspects of our social environment affect our 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. In particular, she studies the lifecourse and social determinants of depression and anxiety; suicidal behavior; links between violence and psychological disorder; and the effects of psychological disorder on physical health and economic outcomes. Her overarching research goal is to bring a public health perspective to the study of psychological disorder and suicidal behavior.