Adelaide Dental School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Mehrsa holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree (Professional Doctorate) in Dentistry.
As a PhD graduate and researcher at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide, she worked under the supervision of Prof David Brennan and Dr Dandara Haag. Her PhD focused on effect measure modification, effect size, and interaction effects of psychosocial modifiers on socioeconomic gradients in health and quality of life outcomes, using multivariable models and large population-based datasets.
The thesis was accepted unconditionally for the award of the PhD degree - without any amendments by both distinguished international examiners and was recommended for the University doctoral research medal.
Mehrsa conducts research in health-related quality of life, life outcomes, psychosocial aspects of health, income-health inequalities and epidemiological models, using large population-based cohort datasets and advanced quantitative analysis.
She has served as a reviewer for numerous leading international journals, including Nutrients, Plus ONE, International Journal of Dental Hygiene, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Applied Sciences.
- Population Health
- Health inequalities
- Epidemiological analysis
- Health-related Quality of Life
- Patient-reported outcomes (Health, wellbeing and quality of life outcome measures)
- Psychosocial determinants of health (personality traits and Sense of coherence)
- Population-based studies using the Dental Care and Oral Health Study, with a focus on socioeconomic and psychosocial factors related to patient- reported health outcomes, such as oral health impact, general health and quality of life.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Research Award Eustace Travel scholarships Adelaide dental school Australia - 2022 Award Adelaide Dental School Prize Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the University of Adelaide Australia - 2019 Scholarship Adelaide scholarships international Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Persian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Title Institution Country 2019 PhD in Dentistry University of Adelaide Australia
Date Title Institution name Country — Data Manipulation and Visualization SPSS and R Intersect Training, University of Adelaide Australia — Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide Australia — Data Entry and Processing SPSS and R Intersect Training, University of Adelaide Australia
Year Citation 2016 Moshari, A., Vatanpour, M., & Zakershahrak, M. (2016). The efficacy of low-level laser treatment in reducing pain and swelling after endodontic surgery: A systematic review. In D. C. Todea, A. G. Podoleanu, & V. F. Duma (Eds.), Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9670 (pp. 4 pages). Bucharest, ROMANIA: SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING.
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2015 Zakershahrak, M., & Zakershahrak, M. (2015). HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination among Dentists. In HN10101120071. Shiraz, Iran.
Year Citation 2022 Zakershahrak, M., & Brennan, D. (2022). Is the association between income and oral and general health-related quality of life modified by sense of coherence? Findings of a cross-sectional study. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Australian Society for Medical Research Scientific Meeting. The Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia. 2022 Zakershahrak, M., & Brennan, D. (2022). Sense of coherence as the effect modifier of the association between income and oral and general health-related quality of life - Findings of a cross-sectional study. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 16th annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. 2022 Zakershahrak, M., & Brennan, D. (2022). Personality traits modify the association between income and self-rated health. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 61st Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research, Australia & New Zealand Division. The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 2021 Zakershahrak, M., & Brennan, D. (2021). Effect of personality traits on socioeconomic inequalities in oral health-related quality of life.. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 15th Annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. The Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia. 2021 Zakershahrak, M., & Brennan, D. (2021). Personality traits, socioeconomic inequalities and quality of life in self-rated health. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Australian Public Health Conference.
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