Samira Soleimanpour, PhD, MPH

Academic Research Partner
University of California, San Francisco

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Senior Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Philip R. Lee for Health Policy Studies. Since joining UCSF in 2000, I have led numerous multi-site, multi-method evaluations of school and adolescent health initiatives. My primary research interests focus on the influences of school environments and health services on children’s health and education outcomes, with a focus on school-based health centers (SBHCs), school-based mental health services, and community-based participatory research. I currently lead several local, state, and national studies examining the reach and impacts of school health services. I am committed to the translation of research and evaluation findings into policies and programs that improve children’s health and well-being.

As an academic research partner to the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), I am a lead researcher on the National Census of SBHCs and contributed to the development of national performance measures for SBHCs. I also provide ongoing consultation on SBHA’s research and evaluation efforts.

I received my Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and my PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, puzzles, and traveling.