Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
Shivani is a a health communication practitioner and researcher who designs, implements and evaluates programmes to help communities reach better health outcomes.
[MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK;
BA in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University]
Shivani's PhD research focuses on developing and evaluating a real world project - an arts-based programme for undergraduate students to understand mental health issues and reduce stigma associated with mental health in India (CREATORS). An exhibition of artwork developed through her PhD was displayed on World Mental Health Day (2017) at an Arts and Mental Health event (Centre for Global Mental Health) in London and at four colleges in Hyderabad, India. At LSHTM, Shivani was a member of the Ebola Student Response (ESR), where she was involved in data cleaning for the World Health Organisation.
Previously, she has developed, implemented and evaluated public health education programmes, campaigns and trained health professionals in patient-centred communication. She has led teams for qualitative and quantitative research studies on social and behaviour change communication, assessment of communication needs and practices, design, management and impact assessment of communication programmes as well as technical support to diverse national and international agencies, including Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, State Governments and civil society.
Public health areas supported by Shivani include healthy lifestyles and prevention of non-communicable disease, maternal and child health, eye health, malnutrition, menstrual hygiene and mental health.
Small Grants Scheme in Public Engagement, LSHTM (2017)
Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence - Outstanding Paper Award (2015)
Queen’s Young Leaders Runner-Up Award (2015)