Shankar Das, PhD, MA, MSc, MPhil

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Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow

Master of Arts, Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Master of Science, International Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England
Master of Philosophy, Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Psychology, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India

Hometown: Duliajan, Assam, India
Research Interests: Behavioral health services, health and social care policy, mental health of vulnerable and marginalized populations, community-based health care, peer treatment for HIV and substance addiction, health equity and empowerment, integrated holistic health, spirituality and yoga.
Long-term career goals: Through research and development activities I am determined to make a positive impact at national and global mental health policies and programs. I also look forward to developing myself in a leadership role for transformational change.
What philosophy guides your education? Critical pedagogy led by passion and principle to facilitate development of consciousness of freedom, social justice, and ability to take realistic constructive action.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? Globally most significant underlying cause of all disease and deaths is poverty. The poorest around the world have worst health; those marginalized and vulnerable are excluded within countries. The persistent inequity in nations calls for an urgent and practical focus for action.