Jhumka Gupta ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Gender-based violence; Reproductive health; HIV; Mental health; Refugee; Immigrant; Human trafficking; Conflict settings

Current Projects

Reduction of Gender-Based Violence in Cote d'Ivoire. Dr. Gupta is leading a randomized community intervention in conflict-affected Cote d'Ivoire that investigates the roles of economic programming and gender dialogue groups in reducing gender-based violence against women and improving economic well-being. This work is being conducted in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (Co-PI: Jeannie Annan, PhD), and Innovations for Poverty Action and is funded by the World Bank. More information can be viewed at: http://www.rescue-uk.org/sites/default/files/Measuring%20Impact%20Ivory%20Coast.pdf

Evaluating Violence Against Women Screening in Mexico. Dr. Gupta is leading a 3-year randomized controlled trial in Mexico City, Mexico, to investigate the effectiveness of a clinic-based intervention on reducing the severity of intimate partner violence, increasing help-seeking behaviors and safety planning, and improving reproductive health among women with recent experiences of violence from their male partners. This work is jointly conducted with colleagues at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (Co-PI: Claudia Diaz Olavarrieta, PhD), Innovations for Poverty Action, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region. This work is being funded by an anonymous donor.


Adverse Migration Experiences and HIV Vulnerability Among Male Migrant Laborers in Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Gupta is leading a pilot study to investigate the role of adverse migration experiences (discrimination, violence, deprivation) and their potential role in influencing HIV risk and related behavior (e.g. perpetration of gender-based violence against women). This work is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Pretoria (Department of Sociology) and is funded by the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. [Past project]


Research Summary

Jhumka Gupta, ScD is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on migrant and conflict affected populations, both globally and within the United States (immigrants and refugees). Specifically, she investigates the mental and reproductive health implications of gender-based violence, and develops interventions aimed at reducing gender-based violence against women. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. Her extensive fieldwork spans Bangladesh, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, India, Nepal, and South Africa.


Selected Publications

  • Gupta J, Falb K, Kpebo D, Annan J.Abuse from in-laws and associations with attempts to control reproductive decisions among rural women in Côte d''Ivoire: a cross-sectional study. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2012 Jun 7. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03401.x. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Gupta J, Reed E, Kelly JTD, Stein DJ, Williams DR. Men's Exposure to Human Rights Violations and Relations With Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence in South Africa. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012 Jun;66(6):e2. Epub 2010 Dec 8.
  • Gupta J, Reed E, Kershaw T, Blankenship KM. History of sex trafficking, recent experiences of violence, and HIV vulnerability among female sex workers in coastal Andhra Pradesh, India. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011 Aug;114(2):101-5. Epub 2011 May 26.
  • Gupta J, Agrawal A. The chronic aftershocks on child health in Haiti: gender-based violence and child slavery. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2010 Aug 3rd. (Epub ahead of print)
  • Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Raj A, Decker MR, Silverman JG. IPV perpetration and disparities based on immigration and English speaking ability among a community-based sample of men. Public Health Reports. 2010 Jan-Feb;125(1):79-87.
  • Gupta J, Raj A, Decker MR, Reed E, Silverman JG. HIV-related vulnerability among Indian survivors of sex trafficking. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2009; 107: 30-34
  • Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Decker MR, Raj A, Silverman JG. Pre-migration political violence exposure associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among a community-based sample of immigrant men. AJPH. 2009; 99: 462-469
  • Gupta J, Silverman JG, Hemenway D, Acevedo-Garcia D, Stein DJ, Williams DR. Physical intimate partner violence in relation to other forms of violence among South African men. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2008; 179: 535-541.
  • Silverman JG, Decker MR, Gupta J, Maheshwari A, Willis BM, Raj A. HIV prevalence and predictors among sex trafficked Nepali women and girls. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2007; 298: 536-42.

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