Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, PhD

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    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2022Health Policy - Population Health Sciences
    University of North Carolina, Chapel HillMPH2014Maternal and Child Health
    London School of Economics, LondonMSc2007Information Systems
    University Visvesvariah College of Engineering, BangaloreBE2005Computer Science

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    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.

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    1. Temporary childbirth migration and maternal health care in India. PLoS One. 2024; 19(2):e0292802. Diamond-Smith N, Gopalakrishnan L, Patil S, Fernald L, Menon P, Walker D, El Ayadi AM. PMID: 38329972; PMCID: PMC10852266.
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    2. Markets, incentives, and health promotion can improve family planning and maternal health practices: a quasi-experimental evaluation of a tech-enabled social franchising and social marketing platform in India. BMC Public Health. 2024 01 23; 24(1):264. Patil SR, Gopalakrishnan L, Sai VS, Matikanya R, Rajpal P. PMID: 38262982; PMCID: PMC10804567.
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    3. Preliminary impact of an mHealth education and social support intervention on maternal health knowledge and outcomes among postpartum mothers in Punjab, India. Res Sq. 2023 Dec 22. El Ayadi AM, Diamond-Smith NG, Duggal M, Singh P, Sharma P, Kaur J, Gopalakrishnan L, Gill N, Singh G, Ahuja A, Kumar V, Weil L, Bagga R. PMID: 38196635; PMCID: PMC10775402.
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    4. The Role of Gender Norms on Intimate Partner Violence Among Newly Married Adolescent Girls and Young Women in India: A Longitudinal Multilevel Analysis. Violence Against Women. 2023 Oct 27; 10778012231208999. Gopalakrishnan L, Bertozzi S, Bradshaw P, Deardorff J, Shakya Baker H, Rabe-Hesketh S. PMID: 37885422.
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    5. The relationship between the gendered norm of eating last and mental health of newly married women in Nepal: A longitudinal study. Matern Child Nutr. 2023 07; 19(3):e13508. Gopalakrishnan L, Diamond-Smith N, Acharya B, Puri M, Bertozzi SM. PMID: 36994887; PMCID: PMC10262909.
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    6. Exploratory qualitative study examining acceptability of strategies to improve access to substance use treatment and HIV prevention services for young adults on probation in Ukraine. BMJ Open. 2022 11 23; 12(11):e061909. Dauria E, Skipalska H, Gopalakrishnan L, Savenko O, Sabadash L, Tolou-Shams M, Flanigan T, Navario P, Castillo TP. PMID: 36418138; PMCID: PMC9685251.
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    7. Barriers to maternal and reproductive health care in India due to COVID-19. Advances in Global Health. 2022. Diamond-Smith N, Gopalakrishnan L, Gutierrez S, Francis S, Saikia N, Patil S. View Publication.
    8. Can digitally enabling community health and nutrition workers improve services delivery to pregnant women and mothers of infants? Quasi-experimental evidence from a national-scale nutrition programme in India. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 07; 6(Suppl 5). Patil SR, Nimmagadda S, Gopalakrishnan L, Avula R, Bajaj S, Diamond-Smith N, Paul A, Fernald L, Menon P, Walker D. PMID: 35835476; PMCID: PMC9296874.
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    9. Epidemiology and Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kerala, India, 2020-2021: A Cross-Sectional Study. Trop Med Infect Dis. 2022 Jun 14; 7(6). Jaya AM, Harries AD, Rahman A, Khogali M, Chinnakali P, Gopalakrishnan LG, Pillai MN. PMID: 35736983; PMCID: PMC9230740.
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    10. The development and feasibility of a group-based household-level intervention to improve preconception nutrition in Nawalparasi district of Nepal. BMC Public Health. 2022 04 06; 22(1):666. Diamond-Smith N, Mitchell A, Cornell A, Dahal M, Gopalakrishnan L, Johnson M, Weiser S, Puri M. PMID: 35387647; PMCID: PMC8984665.
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    11. Is respectful care provided by community health workers associated with infant feeding practices? A cross sectional analysis from India. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jan 22; 22(1):95. Diamond-Smith N, Gopalakrishnan L, Walker D, Fernald L, Menon P, Patil S. PMID: 35062930; PMCID: PMC8783456.
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    12. Bringing juvenile justice and public health systems together to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of justice-involved youth. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2022; 92(2):224-235. Tolou-Shams M, Dauria EF, Rosen RK, Clark MA, Spetz J, Levine A, Marshall BDL, Folk JB, Gopalakrishnan L, Nunn A, project emPOWER’D expert consultant panel. PMID: 35254846; PMCID: PMC9208729.
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    13. Association between supportive supervision and performance of community health workers in India: a longitudinal multi-level analysis. Hum Resour Health. 2021 11 27; 19(1):145. Gopalakrishnan L, Diamond-Smith N, Avula R, Menon P, Fernald L, Walker D, Patil S. PMID: 34838060; PMCID: PMC8627081.
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    14. The Ethical Implications of Using Social Media to Engage and Retain Justice-Involved Youth in Behavioral Health Research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2021 10; 16(4):356-363. Rodriguez CA, Gopalakrishnan L, Del Cid M, Folk JB, Yonek J, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 34533383; PMCID: PMC8800377.
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    15. Anganwadi worker time use in Madhya Pradesh, India: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Dec 07; 20(1):1130. Jain A, Walker DM, Avula R, Diamond-Smith N, Gopalakrishnan L, Menon P, Nimmagadda S, Patil SR, Fernald LCH. PMID: 33287800; PMCID: PMC7722292.
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    16. Using mHealth to improve health care delivery in India: A qualitative examination of the perspectives of community health workers and beneficiaries. PLoS One. 2020; 15(1):e0227451. Gopalakrishnan L, Buback L, Fernald L, Walker D, Diamond-Smith N, in addition to The CAS Evaluation Consortium. PMID: 31940326; PMCID: PMC6961923.
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    17. The Prospective Impact of Family Functioning and Parenting Practices on Court-Involved Youth's Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior. J Youth Adolesc. 2020 Jan; 49(1):238-251. Folk JB, Brown LK, Marshall BDL, Ramos LMC, Gopalakrishnan L, Koinis-Mitchell D, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31399895; PMCID: PMC7321799.
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    18. Effects of an mHealth intervention for community health workers on maternal and child nutrition and health service delivery in India: protocol for a quasi-experimental mixed-methods evaluation. BMJ Open. 2019 03 27; 9(3):e025774. Nimmagadda S, Gopalakrishnan L, Avula R, Dhar D, Diamond-Smith N, Fernald L, Jain A, Mani S, Menon P, Nguyen PH, Park H, Patil SR, Singh P, Walker D. PMID: 30918034; PMCID: PMC6475202.
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    19. Lead exposure and visual-motor abilities in children from Chennai, India. Neurotoxicology. 2011 Aug; 32(4):465-70. Palaniappan K, Roy A, Balakrishnan K, Gopalakrishnan L, Mukherjee B, Hu H, Bellinger DC. PMID: 21510976; PMCID: PMC3115626.
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