Samira Soleimanpour, PhD, MPH

Senior Researcher

Dr. Soleimanpour has led numerous multi-site, multi-method school and adolescent health research and evaluation projects with UCSF since 2000. Her primary research interests focus on the influences of school environments and health services on children’s health care access and outcomes, with a particular focus on school-based health centers (SBHCs), school-based mental health services, community-based participatory research, and adolescent sexual health programs. She has evaluated several local and statewide initiatives to improve mental health and sexual health services and outcomes for school-aged children and contributed to the development of national performance measures for SBHCs. She is committed to the translation of research and evaluation findings into policies and programs that improve children's health and educational outcomes.

Areas of interest:

  • Child and adolescent health and development
  • School health services
  • Access to mental health care
  • Using evidence for program and policy development


  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Doctorate degree in Public Health
  • George Washington University, Master’s degree in Public Health