Das received his doctoral degree in applied psychology from the University of Mumbai and will train at the University of Florida for two months. Hazarika, who received her doctorate from Gauhati University, and Sharma, a Ph.D. graduate of the Tata Institute of Social Science, will train at UF for six months.
Led by Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., the chair of epidemiology and PHHP associate dean for research and planning, the Fogarty Indo-US Training Program focuses on three locations in India: Assam, Sikkim and Karnataka. The goals are to reduce the training gap and increase research capacity for behavioral conditions, a growing factor in the burden of disease in India. Trainees have the opportunity to learn responsible conduct of research, principles of community engaged research, assessment development, and data management and analyses, while participating in ongoing research and grant and manuscript writing.