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Dr Suparna Ghosh-Jerath
Professor and Head, Community Nutrition
Dr Ghosh-Jerath holds a Masters and PhD in Food & Nutrition from Delhi University. She is a qualified Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) in Australia and has more than 24 years of experience as a clinical, academic and research nutritionist. Currently, she is working at IIPH-Delhi, PHFI as a faculty and is an adjunct faculty at AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research) in the faculty of biological sciences since December 2015. She is an intermediate fellow with the Wellcome trust DBT India Alliance and is leading the research work tilted “Dietary diversity and nutritive value of indigenous foods in addressing food security and nutritional status of vulnerable tribal communities of India”.
She has worked as a Consultant (Health, Nutrition & Family Welfare Division) in Planning Commission of India. She has served as the National Coordinator for a World Bank assisted capacity building project on Food and Drug Safety under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI. She was a faculty with Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, India in the department of Foods and Nutrition. She has worked as a research dietitian in a clinical trial on phenylketonuria at the Children‘s Hospital at Westmead, Australia and a research assistant at the Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She started her career as a clinical nutritionist and worked with Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi for 5 years as a Senior Dietitian.
At IIPH Delhi, she is involved in teaching Public Health Nutrition, conducting trainings and short term workshops and conducting research in core area of maternal and child health nutrition. She is the lead faculty for a short term training workshop, which she has been conducting for the past 5 years for capacity building of program functionaries in managing severe acute malnutrition in under 5 years old children. She has also provided technical support to a community based initiative in rural Uttar Pradesh, where she was actively involved in development of a community based nutrition intervention, training modules and training of trainers for capacity building of grassroots level functionaries in maternal and child nutrition and behaviour change communication.
1. Intermediate Fellow, Clinical and Public Health Fellowship, DBT Wellcome Trust India Alliance since 2017
2. Adjunct Faculty at AcSIR (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research) in the faculty of biological sciences since December 2015.
3. Recognized as Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist by Dietitians Association of Australia since 2004
4. Life member of Indian Dietetic Association (IDA)
5. Member of Nutrition Society of India (NSI)
6. Recognized as a lactation counselling specialist by Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) since 2013
7. Recognized as a Ph.D guide by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum
8. Recognized as an examiner of Ph.D thesis submitted to Delhi University
9. Co-supervisor and advisor for PhD students enrolled with the Department of Food and Nutrition and Department of Development, Communication and Extension (Home Science), Delhi University
10. Recognized as a master trainer for training dietitians in Inborn error of metabolism in India
11. Trained as a trainer on Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition
12. Technical core group member for the project ” Mapping and Exploring Suitable Therapeutic Foods for Community Based Management of Acute Malnourished Children in Indian Context” under National Centre of Excellence, Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and UNICEF, India
13. Technical advisory group (TAG) member for a study titled” Effectiveness of community-based treatment programs to treat children aged 6-59 months with uncomplicated Severe Acute Malnutrition using alternative energy-dense foods: A multicentric prospective longitudinal follow up study” conducted by National Center of Excellence on SAM Management, Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital , New Delhi in collaboration with National Institute of Nutrition and State CoE of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha & Jharkhand
Research Summary and Interests
Her research focusses on assessing nutritional status and dietary practices of women and children in the vulnerable communities like urban slum dwellers and tribal groups. She has also led research work in understanding the food environment of vulnerable communities. One of her research explores an important nexus between agro-biodiversity, hidden hunger, and rural indigenous communities. Her other research interests include studying food and nutrition policies for prevention of chronic diseases in India and health systems research. In clinical nutrition, she has a special interest in working with children with inborn error of metabolism.
Areas of Expertise
- Public Health Nutrition
- Implementation Research
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