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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

Muralidharan, A., Elledge, M.F., Krishnan, S., Hartmann, M., & Rowe, B. (November 2015). Bring the change you want to see: Scripting women and girls into India’s urban sanitation actions: RTI Press Publication No. PB-0009-1511. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Krishnan, S., Dhillon, P.K., Bhadelia, A., Schurmann, A., Basu, P., Bhatla, N., Birur, P., Colaco, R., Dey, S., Grover, S., Gupta, H., Gupta, R., Gupta, V., Lewis, M.A., Mehrotra, R., McMikel, A., Mukherji, A., Naik, N., Nyblade, L., Pati, S., Pillai, M.R., Rajaraman, P., Ramesh, C., Rath, G.K., Reithinger, R., Sankaranarayanan, R., Selvam, J., Shanmugam, M.S., Shridhar, K., Siddiqi, M., Squiers, L., Subramanian, S., et al. (2015). Report from a symposium on catalyzing primary and secondary prevention of cancer in India. Cancer Causes and Control, 26 (11):1671-1684.
Rajaraman, P., Anderson, B.O., Basu, P., Belinson, J.L., Cruz, A.D., Dhillon, P.K., Gupta, P., Jawahar, T.S., Joshi, N., Kailash, U., Kapambwe, S., Katoch, V.M., Krishnan, S., et al. (2015). Recommendations for screening and early detection of common cancers in India. Lancet Oncology, 16 (7):e352-e361.
Satyanarayana, V.A., Hebbani, S., Hegde, S., Krishnan, S., & Srinivasan, K. (2015). Two sides of a coin: Perpetrators and survivors perspectives on the triad of alcohol, intimate partner violence and mental health in South India. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 15 :38-43.
Mony, P.K., Vishwanath, N.S., & Krishnan, S. (2015). Tobacco use, attitudes and cessation practices among healthcare workers of a city health department in Southern India. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 4 (2):261-264.
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  • Gender Equity and Health
  • Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
  • Gender-based Violence
  • Noncommunicable Diseases