Monika Doshi, MPH

Principal, Saath (Affiliate)


Research Overview

Ms. Doshi is the Principal of Saath, a small public health consulting firm based in Connecticut. Ms. Doshi’s research interests include: (a) HIV/AIDS, (b) Health and Human Rights, (c) Chronic Disease, (d) Maternal and Child Health, and (e) Women’s and Reproductive Health. She is currently working on two research projects with the University of Manitoba: (a) one in Kenya to understand and address the individual, social, environmental, and structural factors that shape the HIV vulnerability of male sex workers (MSWs) in Nairobi and (b) the other in China, India, and Kenya to examine the social and cultural issues related to introducing future HIV vaccines among female sex workers (FSWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM).

In the past, she has worked with the Enhancing Care Foundation and the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Knowledge Hubs Network on a blended learning training course based on the World Health Organization guidelines for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among MSM and transgender people. She has also worked with InCHIP on the Options for Health supplement study in South Africa. The study examined the impact of a brief multi-pronged intervention aimed at engagement and retention in care of recently diagnosed HIV-positive individuals who were not eligible for antiretroviral medications. As a Connecticut Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellow and through funding from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University, Ms. Doshi conducted research on HIV risk behaviors and prevention needs of transgender populations in partnership with the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective and the Institute for Community Research. As a consultant, she was involved in preventive HIV/AIDS interventions in the state of Karnataka, working specifically with FSWs, MSM and hijras (transgenders). Through the American India Foundation’ s William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service, Ms. Doshi worked with Avahan, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) India AIDS Initiative. She was a member of the technical team that initiated the first HIV prevention program in Karnataka through BMGF funding. She has also worked with the University of Manitoba to conduct studies on the impact of intra- and inter-state mobility/migration among female sex workers on HIV transmission dynamics in southern India. Her research experience also includes examining socio-cultural contexts of the HIV epidemic, particularly investigating sanctioned sex work practices in India for Canadian CIDA.

Education

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Master of Public Health
Certificate in Health and Human Rights
May 2006

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Bachelors of Arts
Majors: English and Spanish
May 1999
Bachelors of Science
Major: Human Development and Family Relations
May 1999

Featured Publications

  1. Lewis, J., Doshi, M., Gonzalez de Leon, D., & Refaat, A. (2013). The Health of Women/Mothers and Children. In W. Markle, M. Fisher, & R. Smego (Eds.), Understanding Global Health, 2E (pp. 73-116). New York, New York: McGraw-Hill.
  2. du Plessis, E., Kaddu, R., Doshi, M., Gichuhi, M., Kimani, J., Avery, L., and Lorway, R. (2013). Mistrust, misunderstandings, and corruption: exploring the socio-cultural and political factors of HIV vaccine acceptability in Kenya. Poster presented at the Canadian Association for HIV Research Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada 11-14 March 2013.
  3. Smith, L.R., Amico, K.R., Shuper, P.A., Christie, S., Fisher, W.A., Cornman, D.H., Doshi, M., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., Fisher, J.D. for the SA Options Team for the SA Options Team (2013). Information, motivation, and behavioral skills for early pre-ART engagement in HIV care among patients entering clinical care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25 (12): 1485-1490. DOI:10.1080/09540121.2013.775398.
  4. Smith, L.R., Amico, K.R., Shuper, P.A., Christie, S., Fisher, W.A., Cornman, D.H., Doshi, M., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., Fisher, J.D. for the SA Options Team. Psychosocial Factors Influencing Early Engagement and Retention in Pre-ART Clinical Care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (in press). AIDS Care.
  5. Smith, L.R., Amico, K.R., Shuper, P.A., Christie, S., Fisher, W.A., Cornman, D.H., Doshi, M., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., Fisher, J.D. for the SA Options Team. Pre-ART HIV-care Retention Needs for Newly Diagnosed People Living with HIV in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa: A theory-based measure to identify general and clinic-specific intervention targets. [Abstract 18418]. Poster presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), Washington, D.C., July 23, 2012.
  6. Smith, L.R., Amico, K.R., Shuper, P.A., Christie, S., Fisher, W.A., Cornman, D.H., Doshi, M., MacDonald, S., Pillay, S., Fisher, J.D. for the SA Options Team. Psychosocial Factors Influencing Early Engagement and Retention in Pre-ART Clinical Care in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. [Abstract 80045]. 7th International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence, Miami Beach, FL, June 3-5, 2012.
  7. Becker, M.L., Mishra, S., Satyanarayana, Gurav, K., Doshi, M., Buzdugan, R., Pise, G., Halli, S., Moses, S., Avery, L., Washington, R.G., Blanchard, J.F. Rates and Determinants of HIV-attributable Mortality among Rural Female Sex Workers in Northern Karnataka, India. Int J STD & AIDS 2012; 23: 36-46.
  8. Lewis, J., & Doshi, M. (2007). The Health of Women/Mothers and Children. In W. Markle, M. Fisher, & R. Smego (Eds.), Understanding Global Health (pp. 61-85). New York, New York: McGraw-Hill.
  9. Doshi, M. (2007). Intrastate Mobility of FSWs: Implications for Design of HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs in South India[Abstract 1581]. Oral Presentation: 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  10. Doshi, M. (Ed). (2007). Equity in Communication: A Communication Strategy For Focused HIV Prevention with Urban Sex Work Interventions. Bangalore: Karnataka Health Promotion Trust.
  11. Doshi, M. (Ed). (2005). Planning with the Community – Guide to Community Involvement in Planning and Monitoring Sex Work Programmes (Module 1). Bangalore: Karnataka Health Promotion Trust.
Contact Information
Emailmdoshi@saath.co
Phone860.833.1566
Mailing AddressSaath
50 South Highland Street
West Hartford, CT 06119