Roshanak Mehdipanah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain and her M.Sc. from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty in HBHE, Dr. Mehdipanah was involved with the SOPHIE project (Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities) funded by the European Community's 7th Framework Program. Within this project, she has led a four-year evaluation of an urban renewal policy and its effects on the health and health inequalities in some of Barcelona's neighborhoods. She specializes in innovative research methods including realist evaluations and concept mapping to develop conceptual frameworks linking complex interventions to health. She has published in the areas of urban renewal, housing and policies aimed at eliminating health inequalities.
- HBEHED624: Need Assessment Methods for Behavioral & Educational Health Programs
- HBEHED645: Urban Health
- PUBHLTH382: Population Health Determinants & Disparities
- Ph.D., Biomedicine, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. 2014
- M.Sc., Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. 2010
- H.B.Sc., Health Studies & Human Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. 2008
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Mehdipanah is interested in the field of built environment, urban design, urban health, public policy, health equity and community development. She specialize in a mixed-methods approach including the usage of developmental and realist evaluation methods.
- Camprubi L., Malmusi D., Mehdipanah R. et al. (under review) Insulation retrofitting policy implementation process and its effects on health equity: a realist review. Energy Policy Journal.
- Piedrafita, M., Malmusi D., Mehdipanah R., et al. (under review) Concept Mapping of the effects of the Dependence Act on quality of life of informal caregivers. Journal of Gerontology.
- Mehdipanah R., Manzano A., Borrell C., Malmusi D., Rodriguez-Sanz M., Greenhalgh J., Muntaner C., & Pawson R. (2015) Exploring complex causal pathways between urban renewal, health and health inequality using a theory-driven realist approach. Social Science & Medicine. 124:266-274
- Mehdipanah R., Rodriguez-Sanz M., Malmusi D., Muntaner C., Diez E., Bartoll X., & Borrell C. (2014) The effects of an urban renewal project on health and health inequalities: A quasi-experimental study in Barcelona. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 68:811-817
- Mehdipanah R., Malmusi D., Muntaner C., & Borrell C. (2013) An evaluation of an urban renewal program and its effects on neighborhood residents’ overall wellbeing using concept mapping. Health & Place. 23:9-17
- Mehdipanah R., Malmusi D., Rodriguez-Sanz M., Muntaner C., & Borrell C. (2014) Urban renewal and health video. http://vimeo.com/92917895 Produced by the Public Health Agency of Barcelona and CROMA Studios.