About Deepthi S Varma
Dr. Varma is a Psychiatric Epidemiologist with extensive research experience in HIV/AIDS prevention interventions, and mental health correlates of intimate partner violence, alcohol and other substance use. Dr. Varma has considerable field experience in rural India specifically working on the reproductive health of women. She previously worked as a Program Officer in the Reproductive Health division at Population Council, New Delhi. India, conducting a large epidemiological study on women, men and health care providers to assess the demand and practices to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition outcomes in rural India funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Varma’s current research focus on women’s health, perinatal mental health, mHealth applications (use of mobile technology to deliver prevention interventions), and community engagement. She is the Director of Work Force Development at HealthStreet – the community engagement initiative at University of Florida and also serves on the Board of Directors at the Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition. Dr. Varma is a trained qualitative researcher and leads the biweekly Qualitative Research Colloquium at the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Varma teaches Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, and Introduction to Mixed Methods Research.