Sidra Goldman-Mellor

Associate Professor of Public Health, University of California, Merced
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN
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About Sidra

Goldman-Mellor's research focuses on the epidemiology of suicidal behavior and other mental health conditions. Overarching themes in Goldman-Mellor's work include the use of "big data" for population mental health surveillance and suicide epidemiology, the relationship between suicidal behavior and other mental and physical health problems, and vulnerable populations including adolescents and pregnant and postpartum women.


County-Level Segregation and Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes

  • Jessica Luce Trounstine


"Rural Household Food Insecurity Among Latino Immigrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (with Denise Diaz Payán, Fabiola Perez-Lua , and Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young). Nutrients 14, no. 13 (2022): 2772.

Investigates how the household food environments of rural Latino immigrants were affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shows results can inform the development of policy and systems interventions to decrease food insecurity and nutrition-related health disparities among rural Latino immigrants.

"Pregnancy-Associated Deaths Due to Drugs, Suicide, and Homicide in the United States, 2010-2019" (with Claire Margerison, Meaghan Roberts, and Alison Gemmil). Obstetrics and Gynecology 139, no. 2 (2022): 172-180.

Discovers that deaths due to drug use, suicide, and homicide constitute more than one-fifth of all deaths during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. Reveals substantial racial and ethnic inequities in these deaths exist.

"Acute Injury Mortality and All-Cause Mortality Following Emergency Department Presentation for Alcohol Use Disorder" (with Mark Olfson and Michael Schoenbaum). Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2022).

Finds that emergency department patients with a recognized alcohol use disorder comprise a population at persistently elevated risk for mortality. Explains how age-related alcohol use disorder patient differences in common causes of death, including drug overdose and suicide, can inform the structure of future clinical interventions.

"Firearm Suicide Mortality Among Emergency Department Patients With Physical Health Problems" (with Carlisha Hall, Magdalena Cerdá, and Harish Bhat). Annals of Epidemiology 54 (2021): 38-44.

Uses statewide longitudinally linked emergency department patient record and mortality data to examine 12-month incidence of firearm suicide among emergency department patients presenting with a range of physical health problems.

"Maternal Drug-Related Death and Suicide Are Leading Causes of Postpartum Death in California" (with Claire Margerison). American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 5 (2019).

Argues that deaths caused by drugs and suicide are a major contributor to mortality in the postpartum period and warrant increased clinical attention, including recognition by physicians and Maternal Mortality Review Committees as a medical cause of death. Mentions importantly, emergency department and inpatient hospital visits may serve as a point of identification of, and eventually prevention for, women at risk for these deaths.