Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
|Title(s)||Postdoctoral Scholar, GHS - Programs|
|Address||550 16th Street|
San Francisco CA 94158
|University of California, Berkeley||PhD||2022||Health Policy - Population Health Sciences|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||MPH||2014||Maternal and Child Health|
|London School of Economics, London||MSc||2007||Information Systems|
|University Visvesvariah College of Engineering, Bangalore||BE||2005||Computer Science|
My research interests lie in investigating the social, cultural, and economic factors that underpin gender inequality, such as inequitable gender norms and violence against women, girls, and children, and understanding the pathways through which gender inequities and low empowerment of women manifest in adverse physical and mental health outcomes among women in South Asia.
My current research projects include developing and testing a life-skills and health empowerment-based intervention to reduce unintended pregnancies among newly married couples in rural Rajasthan; examining the effectiveness of a digital health intervention to improve postnatal health outcomes for women through a multi-site randomized controlled trial in India.
My dissertation was focused on understanding the pathways between gender norms, women’s empowerment, and their impact on women’s health and well-being in South Asia.
I have 14 years of relevant work experience in public health and social determinants of health including education, gender, and nutrition in nonprofit and private sector organizations with funding agencies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (formerly DFID), UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, and private sector foundations. I also hold a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Fulbright Scholarship and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.