Reza is a Research Associate at UNSW Sydney, and a mental health professional. Reza co-ordinated a major research project investigating the physical activity and mental health impacts of Australia’s migration policies on Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers and who had arrived in Australia by boat. He graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Tehran, Iran (accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as comparable to a four-year program of study in psychology). He also holds a Master of Research from the School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney. Reza has published research in the field of psychiatric epidemiology. Reza was recognised by the 2021 NSW Humanitarian Awards, winning the category of Refugee Community Worker.