Saira A. Mehmood

Graduate Student



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BS Anthropology, Tulane University
MA Anthropology, Tulane University
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

I graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. and M.A. in Anthropology in 2008 and 2009. Prior to coming to SMU, I completed a fellowship at city hall in New Orleans, where one of my research projects included assessing mental health services in the city. My dissertation research was inspired by my earlier research at city hall, where I learned that the largest mental health institution in the city after Hurricane Katrina is Orleans Parish Prison. My interest in mental health and health disparities has led me to investigate how individuals diagnosed with chronic mental illnesses access community mental health services and the barriers they face.


Entered program in 2010.

Region of Study:

North America