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Chandra Jha, PhD
INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellow; Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing (CCDW), Victoria University

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Dr. Chandra Jha is a public health scholar with expertise in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, harm minimization and research. He received PhD from School of Health, the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. His thesis explored how people cope with HIV and marginal identity in Nepal while they often experience exclusion and lack of support from family, communities and uncompassionate care from service providers. Dr. Jha has extensive industrial and research experiences from Nepal and Australia, and has published manuscripts on substance use, youth, HIV, STIs, migration, trafficking in women and stigma in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Jha came to ADAI under the INVEST/CTN Fellowship program from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program and Clinical Trials Network (CTN). INVEST/CTN Fellows are offered to non-U.S. scientists who work with a mentor affiliated with NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, of which ADAI is the Regional Research and Training Center for the Pacific NW Node. The INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellowship combines postdoctoral research training in the United States with professional development activities and grant-writing guidance to form a unique program for drug abuse scientists. Fellows may conduct their research in any aspect of the CTN research agenda on drug abuse and addiction, such as intervention research, clinical trials methodology, or drug abuse treatment as HIV/AIDS prevention. Fellows and their mentors are encouraged to develop jointly and seek funding for a collaborative research project to be conducted in the fellow's home country. Fellows and their U.S. mentors are part of a network of international scientists who exchange information and collaborate on drug abuse research nationally, regionally, and globally.

During his year at ADAI under the mentorship of Dennis Donovan, Dr. Jha submitted a paper about the behavior of police towards drug users in Nepal, his country of origin. In collaboration with Donovan, he wrote a grant proposal to study the impact of methamphetamine on mental health, violent behavior, and suicide in Australia. He returned to Australia in January, 2016.

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