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Ishita S Arora

Postdoctoral Associate; Postdoctoral Associate, Office for Women in Medicine and Science

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Ishita S Arora


Ishita Sunita Arora,  Ph.D., (she/her/hers) is a clinical and community psychologist who has worked with underserved and marginalized populations in the resource-limited settings of India and United States. Dr. Arora is a post-doctoral associate at Yale University School of Medicine’s Office for Women in Medicine and Science (OWiMS) within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At OWiMS, she conducts prevention research, implementation, and evaluation of the programs aiming at increasing gender equity and academic career development of all women within Yale School of Medicine. At Yale University, she also works with the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Prevention and Community Research (DPCR). At DPCR, she conducts research with adolescent boys and young males to support their healthy transition to adulthood, and with perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV) to inform interventions to reduce violence against girls and women. 

Dr. Arora completed her doctoral fellowship at Yale University’s The Consultation Center (TCC) and Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). During this time, she 1) worked with the department of Psychiatry’s anti-racism taskforce; 2) worked towards building a supplement to New Haven’s police crisis response system for people living with mental health concerns, substance use, and unhoused populations; 3) conducted a consumer-based participatory research project in collaboration with consumer researchers of CMHC to assess consumer’s mental health needs during COVID. 

Dr. Arora earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Ashoka University. She was selected for the prestigious Young India Fellowship (2014-15). In India, she has worked as a therapist for street kids and unhoused families for the Not-for-profit Organization Salaam Baalak Trust. Dr. Arora’s work is guided by anti-racist, anti-casteist, anti-oppressive, and decolonial praxis. As an academic and advocate for social justice, she works toward system change to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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