Amrita Bahl

Amrita Bahl has a Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi. After working for 7 years in the field of communication, personality development, and behavioral trainings she attended Teachers College, Columbia University in New York for a Masters degree in Health Education where she developed the Social Education and Health Advocacy Training (SEHAT) Program, currently being implemented in partnership with the India Vision Foundation in Tihar Prisons. The project aims to provide comprehensive health education to prisoners in India. She has contributed a chapter titled "The Social Education and Health Advocacy Training (SEHAT) Project: Training Peer Educators in Indian Prisons to Increase Health Awareness and Preventive Behavior for HIV" in Towards Equity in Health: A New Global Approach to Health Disparities (B.C. Wallace, Ed, 2008, NY: Springer Publications). While in the US, she also interned at the United Nations Secretariat in the NGO section. Prior to her stint at Columbia University, Amrita was the Training Manager at GE Capital International Services. Currently, she is working as the Project Leader of SEHAT. Amrita is also a Regional Master Trainer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for their project on prevention of HIV among incarcerated substance users. She is continuing her studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies toward completion of her doctorate. In 2008, in collaboration with Prof. Barbara C. Wallace, she started the Global Health & Education Leadership program at Teachers College Columbia University. This fellowship program enables fellows to implement evidence-based culturally specific prevention programs in their host country. Passionate and committed to be a change agent, Amrita is seeking to take the SEHAT program and implement it across India among vulnerable communities. Amrita lives in Long Island, New York with her husband.