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Suneeta Krishnan

Country Director, India

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD, studies how gender inequities lead to adverse health outcomes among women over the life course and examines interventions to prevent and respond to violence against women, promote reproductive and sexual health, and prevent noncommunicable diseases.

Dr. Krishnan’s recent work includes investigating factors that delay diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in India. When complete, this project will help inform future interventions that promote timely diagnosis and treatment. She also is conducting implementation science research to promote the adoption and effective scale-up of cervical cancer prevention in India.

Dr. Krishnan has advanced understanding of gender-based violence and gender equity through research on promoting women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in primary health care settings, the impact of combined economic and psychosocial interventions, and the association between gender-based power and susceptibility to HIV / sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Krishnan was awarded the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was featured in a 2006 article in Time Magazine.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
  • AB (summa cum laude), Biological Sciences, Barnard College

Latest Publications

Hartmann, M., Krishnan, S., Rowe, B., Hossain, A., & Elledge, M. (February 2015). Gender-responsive sanitation solutions in urban India: RTI Press Publication No. RB-0009-1502. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Travasso, S.M., Mahapatra, B., Saggurti, N., & Krishnan, S. (2014). Non-paying partnerships and its association with HIV risk behavior, program exposure and service utilization among female sex workers in India. Biomed Central Public Health, 14 (1):248.
Jain, B., Krishnan, S., Ramesh, S., Sabarwal, S., Garg, V., & Dhingra, N. (2014). Effect of peer-led outreach activities on injecting risk behavior among male drug users in Haryana, India. Harm Reduction Journal, 11 :3.
Krishnan, S., Madsen, E., Porterfield, D., & Varghese, B. (2013). Advancing cervical cancer prevention in India: Implementation science priorities. The Oncologist, 18 (12):1285-1297.
Rocca, C.H., Shankar, M., Sreevathsa, A., & Krishnan, S. (2013). Acceptability and use of emergency contraception among married women in Bangalore, India. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 121 (1):64-68.
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