Shabnam Javdani is a Senior Scholar at the Center on Gender Justice & Opportunity at Georgetown Law. Professor Javdani is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University, a founding Director of the RISE Research Team, and the Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. Javdani also works as a clinical and community psychologist who examines, and intervenes, in the health and mental health disparities promulgated by unequal social structures.
Professor Javdani has authored numerous publications relating to sexual and reproductive health, the juvenile justice system, and the mental health of girls in detention facilities. With a focus on social justice, Javdani utilizes a variety of methodological approaches: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methodologies. By studying the intersection of mental health and unequal social structures, Javdani works towards reducing the development of inequality-related mental health and illuminating institutional responses to these various challenges.