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Suneeta Krishnan

Social Epidemiologist

Suneeta Krishnan focuses on the intersections between gender, violence, and women's health over the life course. Her studies aim to uncover the pathways through which gender inequities lead to adverse health outcomes and health disparities among women, and to develop and test interventions that promote health and gender equity. Dr. Krishnan's work draws upon theories of gender, empowerment, and social and behavioral change, incorporates ethical analysis, and involves the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and the World Bank to conduct research on gender-based power and prevention of intimate partner violence, HIV, and other adverse women's health outcomes and to provide technical assistance for the development, implementation, and evaluation of women's health promotion programs, including efforts to promote cervical cancer prevention and treatment. 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

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.
Krishnan, S., Vohra, D., de Walque, D., Medlin, C., Nathan, R., & Dow, W.H. (2012). Tanzanian couples’ perspectives on gender equity, relationship power, and intimate partner violence: Findings from the RESPECT study. AIDS Res Treat , 2012 :Article ID 187890.
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