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Gaurav R. Sinha

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Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Gaurav Sinha's research agenda lies at the intersections of poverty, social justice, and mental health, aiming to advance financial and mental health equity. He combines data science and advanced statistical skills with qualitative methods and strength-based approaches to analyze and compare patterns in naturalistic interactions. His specific research emphasis lies in understanding the role of mental health, socioeconomic stability, and financial well-being among vulnerable populations. Sinha's scholarly contributions have received extensive coverage in leading national and international media outlets, including NPR, Scientific American, Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, CNBC, MarketWatch, YahooFinance, Business Standard, and Xinhua. As a social worker, he is dedicated to enhancing the transparency, ethics, and practicality of algorithms and other emerging technologies. His long-term research vision is to establish and replicate user-friendly, technology-based interventions aimed at improving the economic wellbeing and mental health of vulnerable young populations and their families.

  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • MSW, University of Delhi
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