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Gauri Dhumal, MSc, PhD
Dr. Dhumal is the Study Coordinator for the Hybrid trial for Alcohol reduction among people with TB and HIV in India, or HATHI, which is addressing a major public health issue of the intersection of TB and/ HIV with alcohol use. This study is a randomized clinical trial (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04230395) aimed at testing scalable, culturally relevant, evidence-based alcohol interventions to facilitate the rapid integration of effective interventions into TB and HIV/TB care in low-resource settings in India. By training, she is an Anthropologist with over 15 years of experience in public health research in India. Her interests range from substance use, especially tobacco and alcohol, to infectious diseases (HIV, TB), mental health, and adolescent health. Dr. Dhumal has worked on multidisciplinary research projects alongside local and international experts of various racial, ethnic, and linguistic origins.
To her credit, she has published several scientific peer-reviewed research papers, presented research findings, and delivered oral & poster presentations at international and national conferences. She serves on the editorial board of the anthropological journal An Asian Man. She is a contributor to the book Maharshtratil Adivasi, which is in Marathi, and she also contributed anthropological expertise for Marathi Vishwa kosh.
Dr. Dhumal is a fourth-year research scholar for the Women in Global Health Research Program by Weill Cornell Medicine, Center for Global health, New York. This is an initiative to support women global health researchers working to improve health in low and middle-income countries.
She was a mentee in the women in science mentoring program, “Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)” by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the mentorship of Dr. Suryavanshi’s (Deputy director, BJMC CRS). The PEER program seeks to address the limited number of women researchers across the world. Dr. Dhumal holds the credit to be a winner of the SEED funding for the pilot proposal “Creating a Hope”: A Mixed-Method Approach to Identify Most Acceptable Evidence-Based Psycho-Social Intervention to Improve the Retention in Care among Indian Youth Diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB)”. Her career goal is to keep discovering new ideas through public health research which will add value to the literature.
Dr. Dhumal received a BSc in zoology and an MSC in anthropology from the University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India, and a PhD in anthropology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.