Associate Professor – IIPH-Delhi
Dr Bhattacharya is an Anthropologist working in the domain of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Public Health. She has more than 15 years of academic and research experience. Her research interest lies in working with the vulnerable and marginalized and at-risk population in the slums, tribal pockets, and cut-off areas. She has a strong background in qualitative research methodologies in HSR and she utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, integrating behavioural research with epidemiology.
Dr. Aruna is an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Public Health- Delhi. She is the lead faculty for “Behavioural and Social Sciences” at the Institute. In her academic role, she developed curriculum for ‘Qualitative Research Methods’ in Research Methods course for Distance Learning courses on Public Health Nutrition and Management of Reproductive and Child Health Programmes. She also developed course materials for distance learning course at PHFI on ‘Intensive Professional Program in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV’. In addition, she has been mentoring students in their thesis projects and in meeting their academic goals.
She has developed and delivered training programs in the areas of Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health as well as Ethics in Public Health. She has developed successful research/grant proposals and participated in research projects on Child Protection, Harm Reduction for injecting drug users, Nutrition programme in tribal areas in India with National and International collaborators. She co-authored a book on Family Planning and published number of articles in national and international journals.
She has worked with the Population Council in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health and she was responsible for the researches for developing BCC strategy based on understanding of sexual behaviour and networking of Injecting Drug Users using Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) in India and implementation of USAID-FRONTIER’s Situation Analysis on post rape care and services in India and Bangladesh. She has also worked with DANIDA (MPBHSP-III) and DANTB-Orissa responsible for HSR. She had carried out collaborative researches with medical colleges, NGOs in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. She had earlier worked with the World Bank for the assessment of Informal Service Provider (ISP) trainings in the tribal districts of Orissa; Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) for Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) program, national malaria eradication program (NMEP), and researches on domestic violence; and the Nielsen Company for evaluation of IEC and BCC strategies in National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT), Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) programmes.
Honors and merits:
She was the recipient of college merit certificate, and rank holder’s certificate from the University of Delhi for her under-graduate and post graduate degrees, respectively. She has received Young Scientist Award from Indian Science Congress Association of India for her doctoral work. She has received specialised trainings on Qualitative Research Methodologies in International Health from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Health Communication from East West Center, HI, U.S.A. She also received a travel grant from Department of Science and Technology, India to present a paper at the 16thAnnual Qualitative Health Research Conference at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in October, 2010. In June 2011, she attended special training on Ethics in Global Health Research at Harvard School of Public Health with travel grant from Sir Ratan Rata Trust and a scholarship from Harvard School of Public Health. She was a recipient of Australian Leadership Award Fellowship for specialised training on leadership in HIV/AIDS and STI researches in developing countries in 2011 and participated in a Master’s Program (non-degree) at University of Sydney. She received a scholarship to attend Global Maternal Health Conference in 2013 at Arusha, Tanzania and presented her research on teenage pregnancy in Meghalaya, India. Recently, she received scholarship from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to attend Fall Institute 2014 at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
She has been visiting faculty at Barkatullah University, Jamia Milia Islamia University, IITs, AIMS-Kochi and XLRI, Jamshedpur.