Associate Professor, School of Social Work
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Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, Arizona St Univ, 2007
Master of Social Work, Univ Of Minnesota Twin Cities, 1999
Dr. Sen was hired in 2007 to teach in the Masters program. She teaches the foundational
theory classes for the incoming Masters students. She is also one of the faculty members
supervising the capstone project for the graduating Masters students.
Dr Sen’s overall research interest lies in the area of minority health and related
issues, particularly among Asian Americans and Asian Indians. Her specific area of
interest is HIV/AIDS. Her scholarly activities include: role of gender, culture and
poverty on health seeking behavior and access to health care services among underserved
population; sexwork and sex trafficking and HIV/AID; immigration and human trafficking;
social networks, social capital and their health impacts among migrant populations.
Several of Dr. Sen’s completed and ongoing research projects were funded by the College
of Applied Science and Arts and by the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation
and Immigration. Dr. Sen was also awarded a fellowship by the Department of Psychiatry,
University of California, San Francisco. She has presented her scholarly activities
at local, national and international venues.
Her completed/ongoing research projects include: (1) Impact of Migration and Social
Capital on HIV risk among migrant men in Sub-Saharan Africa,(2) Role of gender and
culture on sexwork in India, (3) HIV/AIDS and sex-trafficking within the Indian context,
(4) Role of gender and culture on Condom Use Self Efficacy among substance users enrolled
in community based substance abuse treatment programs, (4) Barriers and facilitators
to accessing substance use treatment among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and
implications for intervention, (5) Exploring the role of stigma on HIV testing behavior
and on accessing HIV related services among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
in the Bay Area, (6) Social Capital and HIV risk among Indian H1-B visa holders in
the Bay Area, and (7) Exploring Anti-human trafficking collaborations in the Bay Area.