Renée Mehra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. With an interest in the social and psychosocial determinants of health, Renée’s research focuses on understanding the pathways between structural stigma and adverse birth outcomes. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, Renée will use computer simulation modeling to explore: (1) how structural stigma affects population-level differences in birth outcomes by race, and (2) simulate the implementation of policies to reduce racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes.
Prior to coming to Yale, Renée worked for a range of public health, health care, and research institutions, including the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Community Health Partnership (a consortium of non-profit community health clinics), and Stanford University. Renée is a recipient of the Herman Fellowship and the Wilbur G. Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship. Her educational background includes a MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry from The University of Queensland, and a BSc in Life Sciences from The Australian National University.