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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Anamika Barman-Adhikari

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Southern California


  • HIV prevention
  • sexual risk education
  • substance abuse prevention
  • social network analysis
  • vulnerable youth
  • intervention development
  • social network technology 
  • community-based participatory research


Assistant Professor Anamika Barman-Adhikari’s research interests are broadly centered on understanding the social-contextual determinants of risk and protective behaviors among vulnerable youth populations, such as homeless and minority youth.

Utilizing an ecological approach, her work aims to assess how family, peers, community and the society at large define the contexts within which vulnerable youth function and how these contexts help to explicate the patterns of risk and protective behaviors that these youth engage in. The goal of Barman-Adhikari’s research is to create prevention interventions that acknowledge these contextual environments and utilize social network methodology to determine how these new ideas can be disseminated and sustained using a community-based participatory research approach.

See Webpage and CV.