Anish V. Cherian, PhD, MSW

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Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow

Master of Social Work, St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore, India
Postgraduate Diploma, Human Rights Law, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
Doctor of Philosophy, Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Hometown: Kermai, Bangalore, India
Research Interests: Public mental health, anxiety disorders, OCD, mental health, and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, vulnerable and inaccessible populations, health literacy, community-based interventions, and health outcome measures.
Why did you choose to complete your post-doc at UF? The Department of Epidemiology is a front-runner in promoting global health, especially among vulnerable and inaccessible populations. The training at UF under my mentor will help me equip myself to work with these populations and promote public mental health.
Long-term career goals: To work in prevention and promotion of mental health through collaborative efforts in education, training, research, and service delivery, with a special focus on hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations.
What philosophy guides your education? Miles to go before I sleep…
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? Non-communicable diseases, especially mental health disorders, are a major public health concern today, with increasing prevalence rates; stigma; poor health knowledge; and gender, religious, and ethnic disparity in the distribution and accessing of health care service, impairing the effective health care delivery.