, Mumbai campus
M.A., Ph.D. (Madras)
Dr. Asha Banu Soletti is currently Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Health and Mental Health. She teaches Masters level courses for the thematic areas-Social Work in Public Health and Social Work in Mental Health.Her areas of research include Children affected by HIV/AIDS, Aging and Elder abuse. Her field of practice and core expertise includes community health, mental health, community mental health and development, HIV/AIDS, gerontology, cancer care and palliative care. She has been a visiting faculty at the Gothenburg University (2012). She has extensive field engagement both in the urban and rural context through her field action projects and other community level interventions. Presently, she coordinates a field action project “Integrated Rural Health and Development Project” which is located in a tribal belt and caters to the health needs of the Konkana, Warli and Katkari tribes through a social determinants framework. She has actively responded and contributed to the disaster relief work operations of the Institute.She also serves in Institutional Review Board (IRB) of many organisations. She actively involves in training and capacity building of diverse stakeholders in her field of practice and has been part of M&E teams.
Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
Aging and Elder Abuse
Indigenous practices/systems of healing
Soletti, A.B. (2012). Adding Life to Days: Counseling as a Tool to Promote Quality of Life of the Greying Population. In A. Ponnuswamy and Y. Vijila (Eds.), Professional Counseling with Social Work Implications, Coimbatore: Zageer Huussain Publications.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Banu Soletti, A., Burnette, D., Sharma, S., & Leavitt, S., McCarthy, K. (2012). Parent-adolescent communication about sex in rural India: US-India collaboration to prevent adolescent HIV. Qualitative Health Research, 22(6), 788-800.
Soletti, A.B., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Burnette, D. Sharma, S. & Bouris, A. (2009). India-U.S. collaboration to prevent adolescent HIV-infection: The feasibility of a family-based HIV-prevention intervention for rural Indian youth Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19 (10), 35 doi:10.1186/1758-2652-12-35
Research and Evaluation:
E-Content Project, Social Work (Mental Health), University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources DEvelopment, Government of India
Department Research Support under Special Assistance Programme (Sponsored by University Grants Commission)
Evaluation study of "Changing Lives throught sports: Street 20 program" funded by Barclays
Internet-based HIV prevention for Indian MSM in association with HUMSAFAR sponsored by NIH/ICMR
Dementia related Stigma in Urban India: Perspectives of Patients, Caregivers and Health Care Providers funded by Morning Side-Columbia University School of Social Work
Reducing Adolescent HIV-Infection in Maharashtra, India: A Family-Based Approach sponsored by NIH/ICMR
Factors influencing the Mental Health of the elderly, sponsored by DRS-UGC, MPSW
A situational analysis and Needs Assessment of Child-Headed Households and Community Foster Care in the context of HIV/AIDS, sponsored by India AIDS Alliance
Field Action Project:
Integrated Rural Health and Development project (IRHDP), Aghai, Shahpur Taluk
Public Health and Mental Health:
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