I transitioned from a productive career in laboratory-based Biological Sciences research into behavioral health research looking for a more socially relevant career in scientific research. I now study the impact of social factors, in addition to cognitive factors, on health behaviors. I am specifically focused on how the policy and social environment, and individual social position impact health behaviors. In addition, I am interested in the translation of research and evaluation to inform the development of policy. I am thoroughly enjoying my new career in public health, and have multiple published manuscripts. My goal as a public health researcher is to effect the implementation of health-enabling policies by researching how the social and policy environments interact to impact health behaviors.
Research Theme: Health Disparities
The overarching theme in my research is health disparities. I studied racial disparities in vaccine uptake and the voluntary decision to stay home from work if ill during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. I use the social ecological model and models of the social determinants of health extensively to inform my studies. I have reviewed the national pandemic plan in India from a health disparities perspective. Recently, I used computational modeling to assess the impact of a universal paid sick days policy on socioeconomic disparities in influenza incidence among working adults, and am now examining the mechanisms by which disparities in influenza could result in the population.
Copyrightę 2013 Supriya Kumar