Mary Read-Wahidi

Mary Read-Wahidi, PhD

Mary Read-Wahidi speaks with a TAMA scientist at the company’s production plant and ‘Shea Butter Village’ about efforts to benefit rural women shea producers in Ghana.                                         Photo: K. Ragsdale/MSU

Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi received her Ph.D. in Biocultural Medical Anthropology at the University of Alabama. She has contributed to the Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center since 2015 with her perspective on how culture, experiences, and knowledge affect health among minority and rural populations in physical and psychological ways.

Dr. Read-Wahidi conducts research among rural and migrant populations and agricultural workers on psychosocial stress, barriers to healthcare, gender equity and empowerment, food security, sexual risk and teen pregnancy prevention, and culturally informed evaluations.

Dr. Read-Wahidi has more than 10 years of experience conducting research on health disparities while partnering with the United States Agency for International Development, the Center for Disease Control, and university-level grantors. Through her many projects, she has expanded her geographic research experience to include Ghana, Kuwait, Mexico, and the United States.


Mississippi State University

Social Science Research Center

1 Research Blvd #102A

Starkville, MS 39759


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