Yasir Masood, MD

Graduate Research Assistant

Yasir is a first-year MPH student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and is working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Race and Opportunity Lab. The project he is working on is the effects of mental health on Peer Navigators with their job.

Yasir comes to the Brown School with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) from Ziauddin Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan.

His previous experience includes assisting in development of protocol writing, outlining the purpose, and methodology of trials. Clinical experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric inpatients, under supervision of residents and the attending along with performing comprehensive psychiatric interviews including mental status examinations. Developed skills to recognize common psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression, dementia, anxiety and panic disorders).

He was thoroughly intrigued by the article regarding Healing Policies for Black Boys and Young Men in St. Louis which drew my attention towards the lab and after further exploration of the work done in the Lab on mental health for black boys in St. Louis, “I thought this was an appropriate fit for me, which will further help me to foster my long term that is to pursue Psychiatry as a career.”

In his free time, Yasir is working out, playing pool, and composing electronic dance music (EDM).

In the short and mid-term future plans, he would like to have a multiprong approach by participating in productive clinical/outcome-based research gaining exposure by presenting at local and national forums and engage in evidence-based applications that advance public health knowledge and community practice.

With a dual MD/MPH degree he will have the opportunity to seek strong interdisciplinary training in clinical practice, disease prevention, health education, policy making and implementation of effective health programs.