student : Gauthami PenakalapatiMS, PhD

Evaluation of Social Networks and Measures of Empowerment Among Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh, India (MS ’19)

Gauthami’s research interests focus on how social networks influence health behaviors and decisions around access and use of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructures and its implications on the health and dignity of women and children in developing countries. More broadly, she is interested in exploring the intersection of urban planning and women’s health. Previously, Gauthami was a technical advisor for UNICEF exploring the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) challenges for adolescent schoolgirls in developing countries, she conducted extensive systematic reviews assessing the impacts of sanitation on health and understanding the human health impacts from exposure to animal feces, and in rural Kenya, she managed behavioral change interventions in a WASH randomized-control trial and developed a low-cost handwashing system. Gauthami has a MPH in Global Health from Emory University and a BS in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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