Roberta Wyn, PhD, is a health policy researcher and data analyst whose work focuses on social justice and human rights issues related to health. She was Associate Director of Research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research from 1994-2011. Her research examines differences among women in access to health coverage and treatment by income and race/ethnicity; health disparities across populations in the distribution of disease; mental health treatment barriers; and the effects of policies on health and income inequities. She is now a Center Faculty Associate at UCLA.
Roberta is also a research consultant at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, CA, addressing the intersection of health and criminal justice issues and the reentry challenges of formerly incarcerated women. Her research looks at the extent and impact of physical health and mental health needs, including substance abuse, trauma, and violence, on incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women’s ability to successfully reenter and avoid recidivism.
Roberta is also co-director of development of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). SFCAHT is a multi-agency collaborative comprised of community organizations; survivor-lead groups; foster youth programs; city, state, and federal law enforcement; city and state agencies; and community members working toward ending commercial exploitation.