About Ranjita Misra
Dr. Misra is a Professor and MPH Program Coordinator in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at WVU School of Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Services from Old Dominion University in Virginia.
As a health disparities researcher, her research focus is on diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and CVD and community/clinic based interventions. She combines clinical and non-clinical risk factors (individual, psychosocial, environmental/ contextual) to explore disparities in prevalence and management of chronic diseases in multi-ethnic populations. She is recognized for her investigations in epidemiological and intervention studies, for using a Transdisciplinary team approach, and for combining public health and clinical models of inquiry.
She has led several national and international multi-center epidemiological studies to examine the Indian and Mexican Diasporas to investigate for acculturative changes in prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and associated risk factors among Asian Indians residing in the United States, and in rural and urban India as well as native Mexicans in Mexico and Mexican Americans in the border and interior areas of Texas.
She has conducted several community- and clinic-based lifestyle intervention to address diabetes prevention and management that are literacy- and culturally-appropriate among African Americans, South Asians, and Mexican Americans in the US, India and Mexico. She uses an applied collaborative approach i.e., the Community Based Participatory Approach (CBPR), to translate evidence-based research to community settings. For her Diabetes Prevention and Management (DPM) program she has modified the National Diabetes Prevention Program to examine improvement in participant’s health behaviors, anthropometrics and clinical risk factors (A1c, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol) among West Virginians and South Asians in the US and India.
In recognition of her outstanding research activities, she has received several research, teaching, and community engagement awards such as the Outstanding Achievement in Community Engaged Research Award from WVU, Health Disparities Scholars Award from MD Anderson, Armstrong Scholar and Research Award from the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, Research & Service Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Best Published Paper Award by API Caucus of the American Public Health Association, the GOPIO Research Award, and the Montague Scholar Award for teaching excellence at Texas A&M University.
She served as the President of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, with over one hundred twenty chapters in colleges and universities around the United States. She also served as the President (Chair) of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of South Asians nationally and globally. In recognition of her outstanding services to the academic community she has received the Distinguished Service Awards from the American School Health Association, South Asian Public Health Association, and the National Health Science Honor society of Eta Sigma Gamma, and Distinguished Service and Research Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.