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Research Associate

Astha Ramaiya, DrPH, MSPH, studies how culture and gender norms affect health outcomes and behaviors among adolescents using mixed methods.

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Research Interests

adolescent health; maternal child health; mixed methods; reproductive health; menstrual hygiene and health management; monitoring and evaluation
Experiences & Accomplishments
Drexel University
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
University of Waterloo
Astha Ramaiya has a Dr.PH from the Department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has a background in maternal and child health and focuses on adolescent health and M&E. She is particularly interested in understanding how culture and gender norms affect health outcomes and behaviors among adolescents using mixed methods.

Before joining the Global Early Adolescent Study, Astha worked for nine years in Canada, Tanzania, Nepal, United States and India in the field of infectious diseases and maternal/child health. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the GARIMA program in Uttar Pradesh and its association with Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management behavior. She speaks six languages, including Kutchi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kiswahili and Nepali.
Honors & Awards
2018 Beta Omega chapter of Delta Omega
2011 Young Alumni Award, University of Waterloo
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Most recent publications
  • Ramaiya, A., Choiriyyah I, Heise L, Pulerwitz J, Blum R, Levtov R, Lundgren R, Richardson L, Moreau C. “Understanding the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Peer-violence Perpetration and Gender Norms among Very Young Adolescents in Indonesia: A Cross-Sectional Study.” Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Riley, A.H., Slifer, L., Hughes, J., & Ramaiya, A. (2020). Results from a literature review of menstruation-related restrictions in the United States and Canada. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.
  • Ramaiya, A., Sood, S. What are the psychometric properties of a menstrual hygiene management scale: a community-based cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 20, 525 (2020).
  • Ramaiya A, Sood S, “What is the relationship between menstruation related restrictions and MHHM? A mixed method community-based cross-sectional study in rural India”, Waterlines, 2019, 38:4, 268-2.
  • Ramaiya A, Malhotra A, Cronin C, Stevens S, Kostizak K, Sharma A, Nagar S, Sood S, “How does a social and behavioral change communication intervention predict menstrual health and hygiene management: A cross-sectional study”, BMC Public Health, 2019, 19:1039.
Adolescent Health in the time of COVID