About

Throughout her career, Saeedeh has had the privilege of working as a researcher, advisor, and educator for the McGill International TB Centre and  Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, where she worked with latent TB patients and groups such as transgendered people and sex workers. During the time at Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, she worked to build relationships with a difficult-to-reach community in order to conduct research, write proposals and publish scientific articles.

She started as a nursing student learning about different health related issues and became interested in HIV/AIDS in Iran, one of the most pressing epidemics.  This became the specialization of her master’s degree in International Health. In her studies, she focused on behaviors that put people at risk of getting HIV and, through logistic regression analysis, they found different patterns of behavior that make people vulnerable to HIV. In her master’s thesis, she conducted qualitative research to understand the perceptions of female sex workers in Tehran about protection against HIV infection. Although they had heard about HIV/AIDS, misconceptions and misunderstanding contributed to risky behaviors. In other studies, her colleague and she used specific methodological techniques such as Respondent Driven Sampling which is designed for hard to reach groups such as transsexuals and female sex workers. Concurrent to this work, she was part of the team that worked on extended clinical trials to evaluate the association of HSV2 infection in HIV progression in PLHIV. In another study, they investigated the effectiveness of intradermal and subcutaneous administration of Hepatitis B vaccinations on the level of immunization among HIV-positive patients. Qualitative studies, as a way to gather an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the factors that govern such behavior, were always her passion. As a result, Saeedeh conducted and published manuscripts using qualitative research approaches such as phenomenology and grounded theory. Since December 2016, she has worked as a research assistant with Dr. Dick Menzies at McGill International TB Centre (Affiliated to McGill University) and their team is working on a pragmatic cluster randomized trial to assess a new rapid and standardized approach to improving TB prevention in 6 countries.

She is also HIV/AIDS volunteer and activist.