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#2023Trojan: Meet Sheila Pakdaman, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior Research Graduate

Sheila Pakdaman earns her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior Research from USC.

Department of Population and Public Health Sciences May 15, 2023

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at USC?

As an almost double Trojan, coming to USC was the natural choice. I absolutely love the campus and the great research within the addiction sciences.

What is one of your favorite memories from your program?

When two cohort mates and I, were at Soto late at night coding and would get fresh air together, before going back to our computers to work away for the night.

What course in your program did you enjoy the most and why?

The grant writing course, as it built the foundation for me to navigate the process.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Find something that can facilitate your mental well-being. It will be a long road with a lot of twists and turns, so having something to ground you is key.