Jhumka Gupta, ScD

Jhumka Gupta
Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, Public Health

Contact Information

Email: jgupta4@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-1985
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 5102

Personal Websites


Jhumka Gupta, ScD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health within the College of Public Health. Her research program applies a social epidemiology framework towards advancing the science of gender-based violence against women and girls (e.g. intimate partner violence, sex trafficking). Specifically, she investigates the mental and reproductive health implications of gender-based violence, and conducts intervention studies aimed at reducing violence against women. Her primary focus is with vulnerable populations, both within and outside of the United States, and includes refugees, immigrants, and communities impacted by conflict. She has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. She also serves as Associate Editor of BMC International Health and Human Rights.  Prior to coming to Mason, Dr. Gupta was an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Public Health. 

University Service

  • Committee member, Graduate Program Advisory Committee, 2016-2017 
  • Member, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, 2016-2017
  • Faculty Judge, 3MT Challenge doctoral competition, 2017

Community Service

  • Epidemiology Advisor, Revolutionary Love Project, 2017-present


Research Interests

  • Gender-based violence against women
  • Refugee and immigrant health
  • Reproductive health
  • Human Trafficking
  • Global Health
  • Conflict affected Settings
  • Social determinants

Select Publications

Gupta J, Falb KL, Ponta O, Campos PA, Xuan Z, Villabos J, Carino G, Diaz Olavarrieta C. A nurse-delivered, clinic-based intervention to address intimate partner violence among low income women in Mexico City: Findings from a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Medicine. 2017 Jul 12; (15) 1: 128. 

Annan J FK, Kpebo D, Hossain M, Gupta J. Reducing PTSD symptoms through a gender norms and economic empowerment intervention to reduce intimate partner violence: a randomized controlled pilot study in Côte D'Ivoire. Global Mental Health. 2017;4.

Gupta J, Falb KL. Global commitment to the prevention of intimate partner violence is not negotiable, nor is commitment to the science behind it. BMJ Glob Health. 2017 Feb 28;2(1):e000305.

Falb KL, Annan J, Gupta J. Achieving gender equality to reduce intimate partner violence against women. Lancet Global Health. 2015 Jun;3(6):e302-3. 

Sipsma HL, Falb KL, Willie T, Bradley EH, Bienkowski L, Meerdink N, Gupta J. Violence against Congolese refugee women in Rwanda and mental health: a cross-sectional study using latent class analysis. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 23;5(4):e006299.  

Gupta J, Falb K, Carliner H, Kpebo D, Hossain M, Annan J.  Associations between exposure to intimate partner violence, armed conflict, and probable PTSD among women in rural Côte d'Ivoire.  PLOS One.  2014; 9(5):e96300 

Gupta J, Falb KL, Lehmann H, Kpebo D, Xuan Z, Hossain M, Zimmerman C, Watts C, Annan J.  Gender norms and economic empowerment to reduce intimate partner violence against women in rural Cote d’Ivoire: A randomized controlled pilot study.  BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2013; 13: 46. 

Gupta J, Raj A, Decker MR, Reed E, Silverman JG.  HIV-related vulnerability among Indian survivors of sex trafficking.  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2009;107:30-4 

Gupta J, Acevedo-Garcia D, Hemenway D, Decker MR, Raj A, Silverman JG. Pre-migration political violence exposure associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among a community-based sample of immigrant men. American Journal of Public Health. 2009;99:462-9


"Evaluating Violence Against Women Screening in Mexico City," Anonymous Donor, Award Number 4018. February 2012-present. Amount not disclosable per funder requirements. 

"Innovations in understanding and addressing endometriosis-related stigma," Endometriosis Foundation of America. September 2017-present. $120,000

"Change Starts at Home: Preventing Violence Against Women in Nepal," Emory School of Public Health. June 2016–May 2017. Role: Co-Investigator. $6500.

"Change Starts at Home: Preventing Violence Against Women in Nepal," Equal Access International. January 2015-December 2015. Role: Co-Investigator. $34,548.20

"Evaluating Socioeconomic Programming to Reduce Gender-based Violence Against Women in Urban Conflict Affected Areas," United States Institute of Peace, Award Number 059-12F. August 2013-December 2014. $108,000.

"Protection from Gender-Based Violence Project in Cote d’Ivoire," World Bank Group, Award Number 7162336. April 2012-June 2013. $119,745.

"Reduction of Gender-Based Violence in Cote d’Ivoire," World Bank Group, Award Number 7156602. September 2010-November 2013. $388,434.

"Adverse Migration Experiences and Relations with HIV Vulnerability," Pilot Project, Yale Center for Interdisciplnary Research on AIDS, Award Number P30 MH 62294. Paul Cleary, MD (Principal Investigator) – July 2010-June 2011. $22,350.

Honors and Awards


  • Loan Repayment Award, Pediatrics Research, 2007-2011, NIH




  • ScD, Social Epidemiology, with a minor in Gender, Violence, and Human Rights , Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • MPH, Community Health, Drexel School of Public Health
  • BS, Biology, University of Maryland College Park