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Manisha Joshi, Ph.D., MPH, MSW

Manisha Joshi, Ph.D., MPH, MSW

Dr. Joshi has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice and also holds an MPH degree from Harvard School of Public Health and an MSW from the University of Delhi, India. She has worked in a variety of projects related to women and child health and intimate partner violence in the U.S. and India including the World Studies of Abuse in the Family Environment. Dr. Joshi’s areas of interest include health effects of intimate partner violence, intersection of intimate partner violence and the criminal justice system, attitudes towards intimate partner violence, and non-fatal strangulation as a form of partner violence. Currently, she is also involved as a lead member of a collaborative team which includes faculty from the School of Social Work, College of Pharmacy and College of Public Health, and an organization in India (RIWATCH) to design research projects related to maternal and child health and other issues in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India.

She has experience working with both qualitative and quantitative data and for her PhD she used data from UNICEF-supported household health surveys conducted in three central Asian countries to examine women’s attitudes towards intimate partner violence. In addition, she has used her knowledge in strangulation to train shelter workers, case workers, counselors, advocates, law enforcement officials, attorneys, legal interns and volunteers.

Dr. Joshi holds a faculty appointment (courtesy) in the College of Pharmacy and also serves as a social work liaison for the Maternal and Child Health leadership training program (funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) conducted by USF’s College of Public Health. In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor to the social work/public health dual degree seeking students.