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Prof Asha Banu Soletti

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Health and Mental Health, School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Qualification

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, Nadkarni, V (2017). Resistance to Renaissance-Integrated Rural Health and Development Project, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 78(2), 255-270
  • Joseph, J., Soletti, A. B., & Basumatary, K. (2017). Conflict and mental health: the experiences of people living with mental illness and disability amidst ongoing conflict. International Journal of Emergency Management, 13(3), 235-251.
  • Ekstrand, M. L., Rawat, S., Patankar, P., Heylen, E., Banu, A., Rosser, B. S., & Wilkerson, J. M. (2017). Sexual identity and behavior in an online sample of Indian men who have sex with men. AIDS care, 29(7), 905-913.
  • Burnette, D., Soletti, A.B & Sridhar, R (2015) . Stress, Social Support and SWB of older adults in Mumbai, The Indian Journal of Social Work, 76(3), 351-372.
  • 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. 

  • Soletti, A.B. & Nadkarni, V. (2012) Children and HIV: A resource manual for trainers. A publication of: Saksham – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round -7, Counselling Component
  • 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.

  • Honawar,M., Soletti, A.B (2011) “Problems of Women Beggars and emerging gender concerns “ , in Beggary Prevention: Realities, Strategies and Challenges, (New Delhi: National Institute of Social defence): 163-169
  • 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

  • Soletti, A.B & Lukose, K. (2009). Constructing pathways to sexual and reproductive health, International Research Journal of Social Sciences, Puducherry,  vol.2, No.1 pp 205-216.
  • Nadkarni, V. & Soletti A.B. (2006). Problems and Needs of Children Affected By HIV/AIDS: Need for Integration in National Policies and Programmes, The Journal of Family Welfare. Mrs. Avabai Wadia 1913-2005 Commemorative Issue. Vol. 52. Special issue 2006.
  • Nadkarni, V. & Soletti A.B.,( 2006)  “A situational analysis of Child headed households and Community foster care in Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh”, India HIV/AIDS Alliance and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (http://www.hivpolicy.org/Library/HPP000982.pdf)

 

Research and Evaluation:

 

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

 

 

 

Social Work:

  1. Social Work Practice with Individuals
  2. Human Growth and Behavior

Public Health and Mental Health

  1. Health and Development
  2. Introduction to Health and  Mental Health
  3. Community Mental Health
  4. Seminar on emerging Mental Health issues
  5. Issues of working with special groups ( in Developmental and Therapeutic counselling Concentration) 
  6. Indigenous Practices in Mental Health (Field based Course)
  7. Rural realities, Health and Mental Health
  8. Dance movement therapy and Mental Health
  9. Mental Health, Marginalisation and Human Rights

Gerontology:

  1. Older Adults with Special Needs
  2. Family Dynamics: Skills and Interventions

Email: ashabanu[at]tiss[dot]edu

ashabanu@tiss.edu

+91 22 25525465