Krishna Vaddiparti

Krishna Vaddiparti,

Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 273-5746
Business Email: kvaddiparti@ufl.edu

About Krishna Vaddiparti

Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti holds the position of Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, specializing in social and psychiatric epidemiology. He earned both his Master of Philosophy and PhD in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India. Additionally, he obtained a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis. With over fifteen years of clinical experience in the field of mental health in India, Dr. Vaddiparti brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his academic role. Presently, within the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Vaddiparti assumes a dual role as both a faculty member and the Director of the PhD Program in Epidemiology. Additionally, he maintains an affiliation with the Southern HIV/AIDS Research Consortium (SHARC) as a core faculty member. (For additional details about SHARC, please visit http://sharc-research.org/about/faculty/.)

Dr. Vaddiparti’s research interests encompass three main areas:

1. Examining the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and its connections to treatment engagement, substance use, and mental health.

2. Utilization of medical marijuana in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and associated sleep disturbances.

3. Investigating the adverse health and mental health effects resulting from exposure to trauma, particularly violence, victimization, and adverse childhood experiences.

His research efforts have taken him to various parts of India and Haiti, where he has conducted extensive cross-cultural international studies. These studies involved primary data collection and rigorous fieldwork. Notably, in India, he conducted pioneering epidemiological research on alcohol use problems and common mental disorders in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, marking the first such study in that area. In Haiti, Dr. Vaddiparti collaborated with colleagues from the Department of Epidemiology on the Haiti Health Study, focusing on mental health conditions such as depression, panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder, and the social determinants of health.

Mentoring plays a pivotal role in Dr. Vaddiparti’s academic journey, and he welcomes prospective students interested in pursuing doctoral work in Epidemiology to reach out to him directly. Beyond his academic pursuits, he finds relaxation and fulfillment in activities such as painting, photography, and spending quality time with his family.

Additional Positions:
Director, Epidemiology PhD Program
2023 – Current · University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2014,2016-2020
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2016-2024
PHC6016 Social Epidemiology in Public Health
2020-2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2014,2016-2020
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2013-2023
PHC6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
2014-2015,2017-2024
PHC7000 Epidemiology Seminar II: Critical Evaluation, Research Proposals, and Methods
2018
PHC6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability
2018,2022
PHC7918 Independent Study
2013-2014,2017
PHC4101 Public Health Concepts
2013
PHC7727 Grant Writing
2012
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2023
PHC6971 Research for Master’s Thesis

Research Profile

Dr. Vaddiparti’s current research endeavors encompass various areas. He is primarily focused on real-time monitoring of sleep quality, mood, and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among individuals using medical marijuana in Florida. Additionally, he is conducting secondary data analysis, with funding from the International Center for Responsible Gaming, delving into the topics of early and adolescent risk and protective factors for problem gambling. Furthermore, Dr. Vaddiparti presently serves as a co-principal investigator in several noteworthy projects, including:

Collaboration on a research study commissioned by the Florida Department of Health, which explores HIV/AIDS-related stigma and its impact on clinical outcomes and quality of life.

An NIH-funded initiative, Artificial Intelligence and Counterfactually Actionable Responses to End HIV (AI-CARE-HIV). This project places a special emphasis on combining causal inference and artificial intelligence methods, in conjunction with real-world multilevel data to improve anti-retroviral treatment outcomes and reduce disparity in the context of HIV.

Participation in a NIDA-funded study, “Health outcomes and cognitive effects of marijuana use among individuals living with HIV/AIDS,” as part of the MAPLE Supplement Study.

Dr. Vaddiparti’s research portfolio reflects a commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing critical issues in the field of public health.

Areas of Interest
  • Exposure to violence and victimization
  • HIV Stigma and outcomes
  • Medical Marijuana – PTSD and Sleep
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-7892-0769

Publications

2024
Assessing HIV-related stigma in the clinical setting: are providers in Florida interested?
AIDS Care. 36(2):248-254 [DOI] 10.1080/09540121.2023.2279981. [PMID] 37939211.
2023
Changes in frequency of cannabis use among people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multi-methods study to explore the underlying reasons for change.
The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse. 49(4):470-480 [DOI] 10.1080/00952990.2023.2176234. [PMID] 36898081.
2023
Comorbidities among persons living with HIV (PLWH) in Florida: a network analysis.
AIDS care. 35(7):1055-1063 [DOI] 10.1080/09540121.2022.2038363. [PMID] 35172664.
2023
Human Papillomavirus Positivity at 3 Anatomical Sites Among Transgender Women in Central Brazil.
Sexually transmitted diseases. 50(9):567-574 [DOI] 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001830. [PMID] 37195274.
2023
Improved Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Related Sleep Disturbances after Initiation of Medical Marijuana Use: Evidence from a Prospective Single Arm Pilot Study.
Medical cannabis and cannabinoids. 6(1):160-169 [DOI] 10.1159/000534710. [PMID] 37965569.
2023
Study Navigation and Enrollment in a Community Sample: Does Generational Cohort Matter?
Journal of intergenerational relationships. 21(3):299-320 [DOI] 10.1080/15350770.2022.2041526. [PMID] 37724159.
2022
Changes in Mental Health Among People with HIV During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives.
AIDS and behavior. 26(6):1980-1991 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-021-03547-8. [PMID] 34993668.
2022
Clinical Decision Making by Medical Marijuana Physicians in Florida: A Qualitative Assessment.
Substance use & misuse. 57(14):2042-2052 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2022.2129995. [PMID] 36305815.
2022
Improving depression and perceived social support enhances overall quality of life among myocardial infarction survivors: necessity for integrating mental health care into cardiac rehabilitation programs.
The Egyptian journal of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery. 58 [DOI] 10.1186/s41983-022-00521-6. [PMID] 35966720.
2022
SARS-CoV-2 infection in vulnerable population in Goiania, Central Brazil.
Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi. 55(3):552-553 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jmii.2021.08.005. [PMID] 34465555.
2021
Change in marijuana use and its associated factors among persons living with HIV (PLWH) during the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from a prospective cohort.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 225 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108770. [PMID] 34049094.
2021
Identification of Typologies of Cocaine Use Based on Quantity, Frequency, and Duration of Use: A Latent Profile Analysis.
Journal of addiction medicine. 15(3):211-218 [DOI] 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000749. [PMID] 33009168.
2021
Impact of Reduction in Drinking vs. complete Cessation on the Severity and Type of Alcohol-Related Problems in Women Living with HIV.
Substance use & misuse. 56(5):704-710 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2021.1892138. [PMID] 33682614.
2021
Practical Considerations in Qualitative Health Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
International journal of qualitative methods. 20 [DOI] 10.1177/16094069211043755. [PMID] 34602922.
2020
The association between quantity, frequency and duration of cocaine use during the heaviest use period and DSM-5 cocaine use disorder.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 213 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108114. [PMID] 32563848.
2019
Associations of Adolescent Exposure to Severe Violence with Substance Use From Adolescence into Adulthood: Direct Versus Indirect Exposures.
Substance use & misuse. 54(2):191-202 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2018.1495737. [PMID] 30541369.
2019
Changes in patterns of mortality rates and years of life lost due to firearms in the United States, 1999 to 2016: A joinpoint analysis.
PloS one. 14(11) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0225223. [PMID] 31756227.
2019
Prevalence of Concurrent Prescription Opioid and Hazardous Alcohol Use Among Older Women: Results from a Cross-Sectional Study of Community Members.
Journal of community health. 44(1):172-177 [DOI] 10.1007/s10900-018-0569-y. [PMID] 30145703.
2018
Community-based diagnosis of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in rural and urban Haiti: a cross-sectional prevalence study.
BMJ open. 8(4) [DOI] 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020317. [PMID] 29678978.
2017
Personality disorders and pathological gambling.
Current opinion in psychiatry. 30(1):45-49 [PMID] 27798487.
2016
Association Between Gambling and Exposure to Guns Among Cocaine-Using Women.
Violence and gender. 3(3):162-166 [PMID] 27703988.
2016
Clinical Comorbidities among Cocaine Users Screened in the Community through HealthStreet.
Health behavior and policy review. 3(1):54-61 [PMID] 27030823.
2015
Building global capacity for brain and nervous system disorders research.
Nature. 527(7578):S207-13 [DOI] 10.1038/nature16037. [PMID] 26580329.
2015
Mental health consequences of violence against women and girls.
Current opinion in psychiatry. 28(5):350-6 [DOI] 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000182. [PMID] 26181668.
2010
Feasibility and effectiveness of HIV prevention among wives of heavy drinkers in Bangalore, India.
AIDS and behavior. 14 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S168-76 [DOI] 10.1007/s10461-010-9729-5. [PMID] 20574636.
2010
Problem drinking among married men in India: comparison between husband’s and wife’s reports.
Drug and alcohol review. 29(5):557-62 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00177.x. [PMID] 20887581.
2009
Factors influencing consent to HIV testing among wives of heavy drinkers in an urban slum in India.
AIDS care. 21(5):615-21 [DOI] 10.1080/09540120802385603. [PMID] 19444670.
2006
The effects of childhood trauma on sex trading in substance using women.
Archives of sexual behavior. 35(4):451-9 [PMID] 16900413.

Grants

Apr 2023 ACTIVE
Artificial Intelligence and Counterfactually Actionable Responses to End HIV (AICARE-HIV)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID
Aug 2022 ACTIVE
CODUS – HIV outcome quality measure evaluation and stigma
Role: Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Funding: FL DEPT OF HLTH via US HLTH RESOURCES AND SERV ADMN HIV/AIDS
May 2020 – Mar 2022
Spatiotemporal analysis of HIV health and quality of life outcomes in Florida
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: FL DEPT OF HLTH via US HLTH RESOURCES AND SERV ADMN HIV/AIDS
Feb 2020 ACTIVE
A study of gambling severity, depression and suicidal behavior in Sikkim, India
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: INTERNATIONAL CTR FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMING
Jul 2019 – Dec 2020
Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research
Role: Project Manager
Funding: STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF FLORIDA via FL LEGISLATURE
Apr 2018 ACTIVE
Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) Administrative and Research Support Core
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAAA
Aug 2017 – Mar 2023
Health outcomes and cognitive effects of marijuana use among persons living with HIV/AIDS
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA
Jul 2017 – Jun 2018
Arts and Wellbeing Indicators 2017-18
Role: Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Funding: FL DEPT OF STATE DIV OF ARTS AND CULTURE via US NATL ENDOW FOR THE ARTS
Jul 2011 – May 2017
Transformative Approach To Reduce Research Disparities Towards Drug Abusers
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA

Education

Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology
2005 · Washinton University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO
PhD in Psychiatric Social Work
2005 · National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
MPhil Psychiatric Social Work
1996 · National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
Master of Social Work
1994 · Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5746
Emails:
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PO Box 100231
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
1225 CENTER DR RM 3111
GAINESVILLE FL 32610