Dr. Vinita Agarwal is an Associate Professor of Public Relations and Strategic Communication at the Department of Communication Arts in Salisbury University, Maryland, USA (official website). She earned her Ph.D. in Communication (Media, Technology, and Society, dissertation) from Purdue University in 2009 (CV)
My research focuses on strategic health communication in the domain of patient-provider communication in therapeutic and integrative medicine settings. The research contributes to improving provider-patient communication to help meet patient goals for their health and healing outcomes (Research & Publications sample). To better understand the philosophy and treatment approach of traditional healing systems (including provider-patient knowledge of and communication of preventive medicine), I am currently pursuing my Level 2 Ayurveda for Health Professionals Certification. I received my level 1, Ayurvedic Wellness Educator certification in 2016 (Ayurveda Wellness Education Training Program Certificate). I am particularly interested in how we achieve healing alongside health outcomes for providers and patients addressing challenges in chronic care and long-term pain management. In these and related contexts, I seek to improve provider understanding and communication in the provider-patient relationship and patient empowerment and quality of life.
Findings inform provider-patient and health communication contexts including:
- provider use of their body in providing care;
- provider communication preventive medicine;
- CAM provider therapeutic relationship;
- pain management for CAM patients (or here);
- understanding lower income women’s maternal approaches in developing world contexts;
- breast cancer preventive behaviors;
- vaccine behaviors for infectious diseases.
My teaching focuses on strategic communication with a specific interest in health, technology, and the digital realm
A few selected photographs from events I’ve organized at the departmental and university level:
Founding Director of OURCA participant in: Council of Undergraduate Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada (2016)
Nature and family are my twin anchors and source of sustenance. I love to hike, run trails, cook, and spend time with my three guys, one of whom is a very naughty and playful chocolate lab. In my life, research, and teaching, I hope to understand, embody, and communicate healing and wellness with a philosophy of sustainable co-existence (occasional musings here).
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