Current Scholar

Saira Rabia Afzal

PhD Student, Social Work
Saira Rabia Afzal
Academic Institution: Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania Cohort Start Year: 2022
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Health Care Access
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children (6-11 years)

FOCUS
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24, with rates increasing exponentially over the past decade, disproportionately among youth of color. Saira’s research interests include developing and implementing youth suicide prevention and intervention initiatives. She aspires to translate her research into equitable programs, systems, and policy-level solutions that facilitate culturally responsive care for suicidal youth across multiple service delivery systems. She is particularly passionate about improving marginalized populations’ access to mental healthcare.

MORE ABOUT SAIRA
Saira is the child of South Asian immigrants who instilled in her the interconnectedness of individuals and the value of service to others. Saira’s scholarship is strongly connected with her social work training and experiences as a social work clinician working in pediatric healthcare. She believes that healthcare is a human right.

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