Motamedi Mojdeh began working in prevention research eight years ago because she felt it was the most effective part of preventing the development and worsening of problems. She first decided to work in the field when she went on a volunteer trip abroad that focused on increasing the handwashing that occurs in rural villages. It was during this trip that Motamedi realized prevention could easily become a part of a person’s daily routine. She is interested in how to better support the implementation, dissemination, and sustainability of evidence-based practices in order to prevent mental health problems among children, youth and their families.
Motamedi is involved in Healthwise South Africa: Life Skills for Youth, Head Start REDI, and Friendship Group. She has been able to work on these projects through two fellowships: the Training Interdisciplinary Educational Scientists (TIES) Program supported the Department of Education and the Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) traineeship supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Motamedi has also received an Africana Research Center Grant. She hopes to continue her work on programs geared toward improving children’s mental health and social-emotional well-being. Motamedi is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from Penn State and expects to complete her degree in 2018.
When she is not doing research, Motamedi is completing her clinical work, which involves working with children and families through psychotherapy. She also enjoys engaging in social justice work through the local non-profit she co-founded and leads.