Project Team - India

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

  • K.R. Thankappan, MD, M.B.B.S., M.P.H. (Principal Investigator, QTI India) is Professor and Head of the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology. Dr. Thankappan is a highly experienced researcher who has helped shape India‚Äôs first MPH program and is a member of the inter-institutional working group on Public Health Education in India. Dr. Thankappan has an impressive record of research publications and external grant support. He has conducted research and written about the Kerala state health infrastructure and has worked with some of the most prestigious NGOs in the state. Dr. Thankappan facilitated the training of approximately 2,000 physicians in his former position as Principal of the Regional Health and Family Welfare Training Center in Kerala. - kavumpurathu@yahoo.com

  • Yamini Thankachy MBBS, MPH, is a Senior Research Fellow on Project Quit Tobacco India at the Acutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS) in Trivandrum. She joined the project in 2008 and presently coordinates all curriculum activities in Trivandrum and with partner medical colleges in India. Prior to joining Project QTI, Yamini was working as a State School Health Program Officer, under the National Rural Health Mission. She is presently working on her Ph.D. in the field of adolescent reproductive and sexual health at AMCHSS.

  • Sreedevi Padmajam MA (Social Welfare and Rural Management) is a Senior Research Fellow on Project Quit Tobacco India at the Acutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS) in Trivandrum. Since 2010, Sreedevi has overseen the development of the smokefree homes initiative in rural areas of Kerala and Karnataka. For the last 12 years, Sreedevi has worked in gender-related community development programs as a project manager for various NGOs in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

  • G.K. Mini, MSc, MPhil, Ph.D (Demography), is a Research Fellow on Project Quit Tobacco India at the Acutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS) in Trivandrum. After completing her PhD at the University of Kerala, Mini joined the Acutha Menon Centre as a Research Associate in a Non Communicable Disease Surveillance Program. Her previous research resulted in publications on tobacco, alcohol, hypertension, diabetes and CVD. From 2008-2010, she worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as Project Specialist in Research. She joined Project QTI in 2010 and coordinates all survey activities, data management, and clinic-based diabetes programs.

  • Dr. Pradeep Kumar MBBS, MPH, PhD is currently the Additional Director for Health Services for the State of Kerala. He is a physician with extensive experience working in and with Primary Health Centres and working with community health workers in the field. His PhD dissertation focused on introducing tobacco cessation in Primary Health Centre contexts in Kerala. He has been working with Project QTI since its inception and currently serves as an active consultant for our India team.

 


  • Meena Daivadanam, MBBS, holds a medical degree from Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu and a M.P.H. from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum. Meena served as a Senior Research Fellow for Quit Tobacco India, where she contributed to the d evelopment of the tobacco-related educational modules and to an intervention study on the effectiveness of counseling male diabetic patients who smoke. Meena is currently doing her PhD from SCTIMST in collaboration with the Division of Global Health (IHCAR), Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship program.

  • V C Bindu, MSW, LLB, has a degree in law and a postgraduate degree in social work. She served as Senior Research Fellow from 2008-2010 with Quit Tobacco India and remains an active member of the QTI team. Her focus in the project was on developing community and occupational site intervention programs to ensure smoke free environments. She also worked with advocacy for tobacco control legislative measures.

 


  • Dr. Sivasankaran is an Additional Professor of Cardiology at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum. He is actively involved in promoting healthy lifestyles through tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition, and physical activity. Dr. Sivasankaran has served as a consultant for Project QTI for the past four years.

 


Partner schools serving as sites for pilot studies