About Krishna Vaddiparti
Dr. Krishna Vaddiparti is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology with expertise in social and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Vaddiparti received a Master of Philosophy and PhD, both in Psychiatric Social Work from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore in India, and a Master in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has over fifteen years of clinical experience in mental health in India. In his present position in the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Vaddiparti also serves as Coordinator of MPH Epidemiology Concentration. He is also affiliated as a core faculty member with the Southern HIV/AIDS Research Consortium (SHARC) housed in the Department of Epidemiology http://sharc-research.org/about/faculty/.
Dr. Vaddiparti’s work addresses four broad topics: a) adverse health and mental health consequences of exposure to trauma, especially violence and victimization and adverse childhood experiences; b) Cross-cultural research on mental health and their social determinants; c) HIV/AIDS-related stigma and links with substance use and mental health among vulnerable transgender and substance using populations; and d) use of medical marijuana in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. He has conducted cross-cultural international research in several parts of India and Haiti involving primary data collection and rigorous fieldwork In India, he investigated alcohol use problems and common mental disorders in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, the first epidemiological study in that region. In Haiti, Dr. Vaddiparti spearheaded along with colleagues in the Department of Epidemiology, the Haiti Health Study focusing on mental health conditions such as depression, panic attacks, and posttraumatic stress disorder, and social determinants of health.
Mentoring is an integral part of Dr. Vaddiparti’s academic career and welcomes potential students interested in doctoral work or MPH Epidemiology to contact him directly. In his leisure, Dr. Vaddiparti engages in painting, photography and spends time with family.
Dr. Vaddiparti’s current research focuses on the real-time monitoring of sleep quality, mood, and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among persons on medical marijuana in Florida. He is also researching gambling severity, depression, and suicidal behavior in Sikkim, India, funded by the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Vaddiparti as a co-investigator is involved in the following projects: NIH-funded Florida Cohort transgender supplement that aims to identify factors associated with HIV viral suppression and care engagement among the transgender population, with a special focus on factors related to alcohol consumption and its relationship with the HIV care continuum; NIDA funded Health outcomes and cognitive effects of marijuana use among persons living with HIV/AIDS, a MAPLE Supplement Study; and a Florida Department of Health study on HIV/AIDS-related stigma and its association with clinical and quality of life outcomes.