Samira has led numerous multi-site, multi-method evaluations of school and adolescent health initiatives with UCSF for over 20 years. Her 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. She currently leads several local, state, and national studies examining the reach and impacts of school health services. She is committed to the translation of research and evaluation findings into policies and programs that improve children’s health and educational outcomes.
As an academic research partner to the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), she is a lead researcher on the National Census of SBHCs and contributed to the development of national performance measures for SBHCs. She also provides ongoing consultation on SBHA’s research and evaluation efforts.
Samira received her Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, puzzles, and traveling.