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					                         BIPASHA BISWAS, MSW, PhD

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

                     Assistant Professor
                     Saint Louis University
                     School of Social Work
                     3550 Lindell Blvd
                     Saint Louis, MO 63103

SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION

2002 – 2008          PhD in Social Work
                     George Warren Brown School of Social Work
                     Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
                     PhD Dissertation: Psychosocial and Behavioral factors Affecting
                     Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence among People Living with HIV/AIDS.
                     Dissertation Chair: Tonya E. Edmond, PhD
                     Dissertation committee: Dr. Edward Lawlor, Dr. Luis Zayas,
                     Dr. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Dr. David B. Clifford, Dr. Edward Spitznagel

May 1997             Masters in Social Work
                     Bombay University, INDIA
                     Area of specialization : Medical and Psychiatric Social Work

May 1995             Bachelor of Sciences in Human Development
                     Jadavpur University, Calcutta, INDIA

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Research Interests          International HIV/AIDS inequality and ethics
                            HIV-related stigma and violence
                            Barriers to HIV medication adherence
                            Reproductive and Sexual Health issues
                            Theoretical models of antiretroviral therapy adherence (Stages of
                             Change Model, Social Cognitive Theory, Andersen Behavioral Model)

Teaching Interests          Work with Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities
                            Human Behavior in the Social Environment
                            Research Methods for Social Work Practice
                            Ethics & Inequities in Healthcare Access and Utilization
                            Health Disparities & Structural Determinants of Health.


GRADUATE & UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING

2008-2010                Health and Human Behavior
                         Research Methods in Social Work Practice
                           International Social Development
                           HIV/AIDS and Responses of Social Work
                           Resources and Redistributive Justice issues in India

Fall 2007                  Teaching Fellow: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
                           Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
                           Foundation level MSW class on developmental and psychosocial theories
                           on Human Behavior as applicable to Social Work practice.

Fall 2007, Spring 2007     Teaching Assistant: HIV/AIDS Inequalities, Ethnography & Ethics
Fall 2006, Spring 2006     Department of Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
                           (Faculty: Shanti A. Parikh, PhD)

Spring 2004                Teaching Assistant: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Fall 2004                  Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
                           (Faculty: Ronald Pitner, PhD; Luis H. Zayas, PhD)

Fall 2003                  Teaching Assistant: Research Methods for Social Work Practice
                           Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
                           (Faculty: Wendy Auslander, PhD)

Fall 2003                  Field Instructor/ Practicum supervisor, Helena Hatch Special Care
                           Center for Women, Division of Infectious Diseases, Washington
                           University School of Medicine.

RESEARCH

2010                        Integrated RESPECT for Women in Recovery. Submitted to
                             Community-University Health Research Partnership, in collaboration
                             with Queen of Peace Center.

2008-2009                   R-21 Adolescents Saving for Hope and Identity – Submission May 09
                            Grant proposal to study reproductive and child health using
                             community-based participatory research methods in a medically
                             underserved area – Submission Summer 09
                            Evaluating the Diffusion of Evidence-Based Interventions to support
                             community based HIV/AIDS programs

December 2005 - 2008       Research Assistant, CNS HIV Anti Retroviral Effects Therapy
                           Research. Department of Neurology, Washington University School of
                           Medicine (PI: David Clifford, MD) Funded by the NIMH & NINDS.
                            Analyzed longitudinal data from Washington University site
                            Conducted literature review
                            Presented findings at national meetings and conferences

October 2005 – June 2006   Research Assistant, Implementation Research in Mental Health
                           Services. Center for Mental Health Services Research, Washington
                           University (PI: Enola Proctor, PhD & Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD)
                                  Synthesizing literature on grants activities on Implementation Research.
                                  Developing comprehensive bibliographies in the area of
                                   Implementation Research for mental health services.
                                  Assisting Research Associates and other faculty members in grant
                                   proposal writing

January 2005 – August 2005 Research Assistant, Hispanicity, Language, and Psychiatric
                           Diagnosis. Center for Mental Health Services Research, Washington
                           University (PI: Luis H. Zayas, PhD). Funded by the NIMH
                            Facilitated cross site data management for New York and St. Louis
                            Database management and preliminary analysis

May 2004 – August 2004         Principal Investigator, Mixed methods study to explore HIV related
                               stigma among women. Funded by a pre-dissertation grant. Research
                               internship at a NIAID-funded study on Prevention of Maternal to Infant
                               HIV Transmission (PMTCT) in Pune, India. Johns Hopkins University
                               School of Medicine. (PI: Robert Bollinger Jr., MD, MPH).

November 2002-May 2004         Research Assistant, ADHERE Study - Adherence to HIV Medication
                               among Women in HIV Care, under the CARE grant of Special Projects
                               of National Significance, Washington University School of Medicine.
                               (PI: Linda M. Mundy, MD)
                                Assisted PI in compilation, analysis and dissemination of data on
                                   adherence to antiretroviral therapy among women in HIV care at the
                                   Infectious Diseases Clinic.
                                Assisted PI in development of grant proposal for NIMH’s Stigma and
                                   Global Health Research Programs: HIV infection: Stigma, faith and social
                                   supports.
                                Assisted PI in conference presentations, co-authored working papers.

SCHOLARLY WRITINGS & WORKING PAPERS

Natale, A.P, Biswas, B., Urada, L., & Schyette, A. M. (2010). Global HIV and AIDS: Calling all Social
        Work Educators. Social Work Education – An International Journal

Natale, AP, Scheyette, A, Biswas, B, Urada, L. (under review). HIV/AIDS: What Social Work
        Educators Need to Know. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. August 2010

Bowland, S., Biswas, B., Kyriakakis, S. & Edmond, T. (under review). Transcending the Negative:
       Spiritual Struggles and Resilience in Older Women Trauma Survivors. Journal of Religion,
       Spirituality, and Aging. December 2010

Biswas, B. Increased vulnerabilities of women’s health in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila in
        Sundarbans Islands in India. Under review Journal of International Social Work. December
        2010

Define, B., Biswas, B. & Vaughn, M. Predictors of Youth Psychiatric Morbidity in a Substance
         Abuse Treatment Facility in St. Louis City, Missouri. Working paper
Murden, R., Biswas, B. & Spitznagel, E. HIV Sexual Risk among women in a substance use treatment
        facility in Saint Louis. Working paper

Biswas, B., Olate, R. & Vaughn, M. Risky Sexual Practices among High Risk and Gang Involved
       Youth: A Cross-National Comparison. Working paper

Biswas, B & Chowdhury, A. Road to Safe Motherhood in the Sunderban delta. Working paper

Biswas, B., Burman, S. & Chowdhury, A. Reproductive health matters: understanding patterns
        of institutional delivery among women in Sunderbans delta. Working paper

PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Biswas, B., Define, R., van Hattum, S., Nabunya, P. Assessing Reproductive Health Information
       Among Adolescents in a Mid-Western City. Poster presentation at the 2010 National
       STD Prevention Conference. March 2010. Atlanta, GA.

Natale, A.P., Biswas, B., Urada, L., Scheyett, A.. HIV/AIDS Challenges and Opportunities in the United States.
        Paper presented at Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October 30,
        2008, in Philadelphia, PA.

Urada, L., Scheyett, A., Natale, A.P., Biswas, B. Developing Testable HIV-Related Interventions for the Real
       World. Roundtable panel discussion at Society for Social Work Research. January, 2008,
       Washington DC.

Biswas, B., Linsk, N., Tomaszewski, E., Ghosh, T.J. Opportunities for Social Work Education and Practice:
      HIV Treatment Adherence. Panel Discussion at Council for Social Work Education Annual Program
      Meeting, October 29, 2007, in San Francisco, California.

Natale, A.P., Biswas, B., Urada, L., Scheyett, A.. HIV/AIDS Challenges and Opportunities: Desperately Seeking
        Social Work. Paper presented at Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting,
        October 29, 2007, in San Francisco, California.

Biswas, B., Collier, A.C., Gelman, B.B., McArthur, J.C., Morgello, S., McCutchan, J. Allen, and Clifford,
      D.B. and the CHARTER Group. Associations between adherence and neurocognitive performances among
      HIV-infected individuals: Is near perfect adherence necessary? Poster presented at the Second International
      Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence. National Institute of Mental Health – International
      Association of Physicians in HIV Care, March 29, 2007. New Jersey, NJ.

Biswas, B., & Mundy, L. M. Theoretical exploration of HIV-related stigma among women. Paper presented at the
      Second International Conference on Women & Infectious Diseases, Centers for Diseases Control
      and Prevention, March 18, 2006. Atlanta, GA.

Mundy, L., Highstein, G., Biswas, B., & Thompson, P. Promotion of mutation-sparing HIV suppression among
      women with HIV infection. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Women &
      Infectious Diseases, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, March 16, 2006. Atlanta, GA.

Biswas, B., Highstein, G., Thompson, P., Cacciabando, J., & Mundy, L. M. Adding precision to theory-based,
        medication adherence support interventions in HIV infection. Paper presented at the Ninth Annual
        Conference Celebrating a Decade of SSWR of the Society for Social Work Research. Miami.

Biswas, B., & Mundy, L. M. (2004, January). Readiness for Adherence with Peer Support Components:
      A Model to Improve Adherence to Anti Retroviral Therapy. Poster presented at the Eighth Annual
      Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 17, 2004, New Orleans.

Biswas, B. (2000). Sexuality in Persons with HIV/AIDS: Two Case Studies. Paper presented at the
        National Workshop on Sexuality in India. December 28-29, 2000.

Biswas, B., Juvva, S., Rego, A. (2000). Sexuality in Persons with Visual Disability: A Psychosocial
        Perspective. Unpublished paper presented at the National Workshop on Sexuality in India. Tata
        Institute of Social Sciences. December 28-29, 2000.

D’Souza, B. & Biswas B. (2000) Draft report of the Rapid Needs Assessment of People living with
        HIV/AIDS and their caregivers in Bombay. Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

2001-2002                         Program Specialist, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion
                                  Trust - United States Agency for International Development
                                  (USAID) INDIA
                                   Responsible for State level capacity building of AIDS service
                                     organizations in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in
                                     Maharashtra, India.
                                   Assessed and audited programmatic and financial planning and
                                     evaluation of non-profit organizations.
                                   Provided technical support in areas of program planning,
                                     implementation and evaluation of evidence based HIV prevention,
                                     care, treatment and support services.

2000-2001                         Project Associate, Sexuality in Persons with Visual Disability. Tata
                                  Institute of Social Sciences, India (Principal Investigator: Srilatha Juvva,
                                  PhD)
                                   Project Coordinator of “Sexuality in Persons (Adolescents) with Visual
                                     Disability,” a pilot project developing intervention modules, using life
                                     history method.
                                   Conducting and analyzing qualitative in-depth interviews on visual
                                     disability and youth.
                                   Preparing project reports and working papers for dissemination.

1998 – 2000                       Project Assistant, Department of Medical & Psychiatric Social Work,
                                  Tata Institute of Social Sciences, INDIA (Principal Investigator: Vimla V.
                                  Nadkarni, PhD)
                                   Coordinated a Needs Assessment for the Continuum of Care, a
                                     community development project focused on HIV/AIDS care and
                                     support issues in the state of Maharashtra.
                      Planning, conducting and analyzing focus group discussions, in-depth
                       interviews with people with HIV/AIDS and their care givers at public
                       hospitals and AIDS service organizations towards assessment of needs
                       of AIDS survivors and care givers. The publication of this research
                       facilitated development of State level interventions.
                      Providing Pre and Post HIV Test counseling.
                      Conducted HIV counseling training programs for grassroots and
                       trainers as part of the TISS Cell for AIDS Research, Action and
                       Training.
                      Editor of “In Alliance…” a quarterly newsletter published by TISS.

1997-1998          Research and Documentation Officer, Vatsalya Foundation INDIA, a
                   child welfare organization for homeless children and youth.
                    Initiated and built up the research unit of the organization.
                    Worked with street children and youth on issues of STD, HIV, AIDS
                       and sexual health.
                    Organized and conducted training workshops on research
                       methodology, counseling skills, work with individuals and families for
                       organizational staff.
                    Developed the Annual Report of the organization.
                    Involved in policy level advocacy with police, funding agencies,
                       corporate houses towards fund raising and program implementation
                       for the organization.
                    Supervised student social workers placed at the agency.
                    Networked with other NGOs and forums towards facilitating policy
                       decisions regarding issues related to vulnerable children.


GRANT WRITING

2004               International Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Award
                   International & Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
                   Validating Stigma measures among a selected population of women living
                   HIV/AIDS in India.
                   PI: Bipasha Biswas, MSW. Amount awarded: $2000

2004               International Pre-Dissertation Fellowship: Social Science Research Council
                   Women's HIV care in India: Navigating barriers of Stigma and Violence.
                   PI: Bipasha Biswas, MSW. Unfunded

2003               NIMH Stigma and Global Health Research Program R-01 Mechanism.
                   HIV infection: Stigma, faith and social supports. PI Linda M. Mundy, MD
                   Co-Investigator: Bipasha Biswas, MSW. Unfunded

HONORS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2003-2004          Roma and Raymond Wittcoff Fellowship for Graduate studies in Social
                    Work. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in
                    St. Louis. Full tuition scholarship.

2002-2004           René Sand Fellowship for incoming international student awarded by
                    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.
                    Full tuition scholarship.

STATISTICAL SOFTWARE & PC PROFICIENCY

                    SAS, SPSS, STATA, NVivo (Research & Statistics)
                    Microsoft Office Professional
                    EndNote X (Bibliographic Software)

LANGUAGE SKILLS
                    Fluent in English and two Indian languages - Hindi, Bengali

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2006                Member of TISS disaster relief team; July bomb blasts in Bombay, India

2005                Assisted Women’s Support and Community and Services, a St. Louis
                    agency serving survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse in data
                    analysis using SPSS.

2005                Conducted a three week workshop on Analyzing Data Using SPSS for the
                    St. Louis chapter of OASIS, a national non-profit educational organization
                    serving older adults.

2000-2002           Consultant counselor for HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases at a Bombay
                    based community hospital.

2001                Participant of the TISS disaster relief team at Gujarat, working with the
                    earthquake affected in Kutch district. February 2001

1996-present        Founder Member of “Forum for Those Concerned with HIV/AIDS” – a
                    network forum of NGOs and other organizations working directly or
                    indirectly with care and support issues related with HIV/AIDS in
                    Bombay, India.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

                    International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
                    Society for Social Work Research
                    Council for Social Work Education

				
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