, Mumbai campus
M.A., Ph.D. (Madras)
Dr. Asha Banu Soletti is currently Professor at the Centre for Health and Mental Health and also the Dean, Student's Affairs. She led the Centre for Health and Mental Health as Chairperson from 2012 to 2018. 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 interests include community health, community mental health and development, social gerontology and palliative care. She has extensive field engagement both in the urban and rural context through her field action projects and other community level interventions. She has actively responded and contributed to the disaster relief work operations of the Institute. 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. In her leadership with the CHMH, she spearheaded the forging of academic partnership between TISS and The Banyan, Chennai. Also she facilitated the foramalising of the agreement between TISS and INHS-ASVINI to offer M.Phil Psychiatric Social Work Program.
She was awarded the Linnaeus-Palme Fellowship to visit and teach at the Gothenburg University (2012), Sweden. She also serves in Institutional Review Board (IRB) of many organisations. She is activey involved in training and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation in the Public Health domain. She has several peer reviewed publications to her credit.
Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
Community Health and Community Mental Health Practice
Mental Health Literacy
Aging and Elder Abuse
Diversity and Aging
Women and Aging
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
1. Mental Health Literacy in Urban and Rural Communities in Kerala, India: An Interdisciplinary Approach Using Applied Theatre Methodology (MeHeLP India) (International Interdisciplinary Project with Prof. Raghu Raghavan, (De Montfort University, DMU) and others, UK and Dr.Sivakami Muthusamy, TISS
Funding: ESRC-AHRC-GCRF, UK.Involvement in the project: Co-Investigator.Duration of the project: From September 2018 to February 2021 (30 months)
2.Experiences of caregivers in a home based palliative model: A qualitative study
Funding: PALCARE - THE JIMMY S BILIMORIA FOUNDATION
Involvement in the Project: Principal Investigator
E-Content Project-Coure Coordinator: Social Work (Mental Health), University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, 2017
Co-Investigator: Evaluation study of "Changing Lives throught sports: Street 20 program" funded by Barclays, 2015
Principal Investigator: Internet-based HIV prevention for Indian MSM in association with HUMSAFAR sponsored by NIH/ICMR, 2012-2014
Dementia related Stigma in Urban India: Perspectives of Patients, Caregivers and Health Care Providers funded by Morning Side-Columbia University School of Social Work, 2012
Principal Investigator: Reducing Adolescent HIV-Infection in Maharashtra, India: A Family-Based Approach sponsored by NIH/ICMR, 2008-2011
Factors influencing the Mental Health of the elderly, sponsored by DRS-UGC, MPSW, 2011
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, 2004-2006
Field Action Project:
Pragati-Integrated Rural Health and Development project (IRHDP), Aghai, Shahpur Taluk (2009 Onwards)
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