Home Institution: Centre for Chronic Disease Control, India
Fellowship Site: Centre for Chronic Disease Control, India
Research Topic: Social norms and Non Communicable Disease prevention
Dr. Sharma will spend her fellowship year at Centre for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi under the mentorship of Mary Beth Weber, PhD and Nikhil Tandon MD, PhD. Her Research will focus on understanding role of social norms in Non Communicable Disease prevention in rural India. Dr. Sharma is a project manager for an implementation research project, Integrated Tracking, Referral, Electronic Decision Support, and Care coordination (I-TREC) at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India. Her career goal is to address management of NCDs through use of social and behavior change approaches in low-and-middle income countries. Dr. Sharma was awarded the Junior Research Fellowship award and the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship by the University Grants Commission in 2011 to pursue her doctoral studies. As a part of her doctoral program, she evaluated a collaborative project by AIIMS, UNICEF and State Health Department, Haryana that used multipronged approaches (health system strengthening; community mobilization and behavior change communication) to reduce neonatal mortality. She was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship in 2015 and completed her PhD in 2018. She is currently working as a Consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and manages I-TREC project and a ancillary study by Ministry of Health Family Welfare.