Suneeta Krishnan PhD, Social Epidemiologist with RTI International's Women's Global Health Imperative

Suneeta Krishnan is a social epidemiologist with RTI International's Women's Global Health Imperative in San Francisco, USA and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Statistics at St. Johns Research Institute, Bengaluru, India. Dr. Krishnan holds an MS and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and an AB in Biological Sciences from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2004), the highest honor the US government bestows on researchers just beginning their independent careers.

Dr. Krishnan's research 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 is leading a randomized controlled trial to evaluate an intergenerational women's empowerment intervention to mitigate gender-based violence and its adverse impacts on maternal and child health in low-income urban communities in southern India, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She also has funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research to develop and test health care responses to gender-based violence.

Dr. Krishnan is also working with the Harvard Global Equity Initiative to develop and pilot initiatives to integrate breast and cervical cancer prevention and treatment into existing women's health platforms. She is currently based in Bengaluru, India.