BEENA E. THOMAS
SCIENTIST D

  BEENA E. THOMAS

Publications

Date of Joining Present Post: 01-09-2014

Address (Off):

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN TUBERCULOSIS
NO.1, SATHIYAMOORTHY ROAD CHETPUT
CHENNAI - 600031 .
Telephone (off): 044-28369513, 044-28369525
Fax : 044-28362525
Email : beenaelli09@gmail.com, beenaelli@hotmail.com
Educational Qualifications:

  • BA (Psychology) from University of Madras, 1977 in Psychology
  • MSW (Master of Social work) from University of Madras,1979 in Medical & Psychiatric Social work
  • Ph D (Social Work) from University of Madras,2001 -2005 in Psychosocial and Sexual Impact of HIV – Gender Differentials
  • Fogarty Postdoctoral AIDS International Training and research Program from University of Los Angeles-UCLA,April-June 2003 in Behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS

Discipline:
SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH



Research Experience:

 Duration

Institution

 Particulars of work done

November 2000            

Christian Medical College,                           Vellore                                              

Counseling and Management’

Training Programme in HIV/AIDS

 

April 2003                   

CHIPTS (Centre for Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services) Los Angeles, USA

HIV Research: The Next Generation,

 

February 2007             

TRC/NIH/ICER  and  University of Alabama                        

Qualitative Research Methodology

September 2007       

 

ICMR, New Delhi                

Clinical and Translational Research for                                            Prevention,Care and Treatment of HIV –related Co-

Morbidities

February 2008

TRC organized by Brown University

Ethical Issues in Biomedical

Research

Work Experience

  • 1979 – 1982, Case Worker in `Save the Children Fund’, Chennai
  • 1982 – to January 2006, Social scientist in Tuberculosis Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Chennai
  • February 2006 - October 2006 (on deputation)State Project Manager, ICMR, NIE-Integrated Behavioral and Biological Assessment (IBBA) - Avahan Project with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • November 2006 – till dateSocial scientist in Tuberculosis Research Centre, Indian Council of Medical Research, Chennai
Membership/Fellowship of Professional Societies/Associations :
  • Member of the National Consultation committee on HIV social Research Priorities in India TISS(Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Mumbai, India
  • Member of the Academic Counsel in Madras School of social work 
  • Member of Institutional Review Board- GHTM(Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine)
  • Member of project Advisory Committee (PAC)-Family Planning Association of India (FPA) for people living with HIV stigma Indexed roll out in Tamil Nadu. 
  • Abstract reviewer for the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis
  • Non Academic Member in the Board of Studies in Social Work, University of Madras
  • Member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • Member of the Review committee on Indo-US collaborative projects of ICMR
  • Member of the TORCH panel –TANSACS 
  • Member of Advisory Committee in APAC(Aids Prevention and Control Society) – VHS(Voluntary health Services) for BSS Wave XII 
  • Member of AroGyan- I-TECH (International Training and Educational Center for Health)
  • Member of the National Consultation committee on HIV Social Research Priorities in India” TISS, Mumbai. 
  • Technical Consultant for Hindustan latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) is a trust promoted by HLL life care ltd, a Public sector Under taking of GOI.
  • Reviewer for AIDS Care and AIDS & Behavior (International Journals)
  • Reviewer for the New Investigator Awards (NIA) from the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core.
Workshops/Conferences/Symposiums :

International

  • Presented and chaired a session at VI International Conference on social work in Health and Mental Health, “Changing Health 2010 at Dublin, Ireland on June 28th to July 2nd 2010 
  • Participated in 5th International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence 2010, Miami, Florida, USA on May 23rd to 25th 2010
  • Attended CFAR Social and behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN) 4th National SBSRN Scientific Meeting State of Science issues. Boston, Massachusetts on 30th Sept to 2nd Oct 2009.
  • Oral presentation on “Impact of HIV/AIDS on Mothers in Southern India: A Qualitative Study” at NIMH International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Providence, Rhode Island, USA on October 6th to 8th, 2008
  • Poster presentation on “Psychosocial and demographic predictors of HIV risk and HIV infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chennai, India”, at XVII International AIDS conference, Mexico city, Mexico on August 3rd to 8th, 2008
  • Presented a paper on “ Understanding of Gender differences in sex and sexuality among HIV positive individuals – A study from Chennai”, organized by The 15th ICSD Symposium, Dept of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China on July 16th to 20th, 2007 
  • Presented a paper on “ Understanding of Gender differences in sex and sexuality among HIV positive individuals – A study from Chennai”, organized by The 15th ICSD Symposium, Dept of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China on July 16th to 20th, 2007 
  • Paper presentation on “How stigmatizing is Stigma in the life of people living with HIV- A study on HIV positive individuals from Chennai, South India” at NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, New York between July 20th –22nd, 2005
  • Visited Rakai Project, Uganda, South Africa on October 16th to 23rd, 2004
  • Attended Regional Workshop-Symposium on AIDS in India: Research, Trials and Treatment, held at the JNCASR and NIMHANS, Bangalore, organized by AIDS International
  • Training and Research Program (AITRP) of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York on July 31st to August 6th, 2004 
    Presented a paper on “A Study of Marriage and Sexuality in HIV Positive and HIV Negative Women of South India” – Annual Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS, Los Angeles, USA. on July 25 to 27, 2001 
  • Presented a paper on “Global Health Emergencies in the New “ Need for People Oriented Strategies – 11th International Symposium on Social Development for the New Millennium – Visions and Strategies for Global Transformation organized by the Inter-University Consortium for Social Development, Cape Town, South Africa on July 4th to 8th, 1999

National

  • Chaired a session on “Facing the Reality of Multi Drug Resistant tuberculosis challenges and potential in India at Indian National Science Academy (INSA) New Delhi between 18th April 2011 and 19th April 2011 
  • Participated and presented in workshop on Stigma organised by Tata institute of Social Science (TISS) at Mumbai between 28th - 31st March 2011
  • Attended a workshop on Indo-US Joint Statement of STI and HIV a Grantsmanship and peer workshop at ICMR New Delhi on 28th and 29th 2010 
  • Participated in orientation training program on Medical and Psychiatric social work for 2nd year MSW students at MSSW Chennai, on 22nd June 2010
  • Participated in Dissemination Workshop on Key Findings of Integrated Behaviour and Biological Assessment (IBBA) Round 2 2009 Chennai organised by NIE& TANSAC 10th June 2010
  • Attended Roundtable meeting organised by REACH to discuss MDR-TB partnership to strengthen RNTCP, Chennai on 19th Feb 2010
  • Participated in the National Consultation on HIV Social Research Priorities in India” TISS, Mumbai on 17th to 19th December 2009
  • Presented a Paper on Socio-Behavioral Studies in MDP Dissemination workshop, at TRC on December 9th & 10th 2009
  • Participated in the Dissemination meeting on “HIV Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (BSS) 25th November 2009 
  • Participated in the Dissemination meeting on “Roll out plan for Integrating Nutrition as part of care and support Treatment of HIV, World Food Program/HIV TANSAC, Chennai on 23rd October 2009
  • Participated in the Research Dissemination Workshop on Clinical, Behavioral and Pharmokinetic Studies with Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society at ICSA Programme Centre on 19th May 2009
  • Presentation and Panelist for the discussion on “Is there a 3rd gender” – organized by Young Women’s Christian Association of Madras (YWCA), Chennai on 12th March 2008
  • Attended the Survey dissemination meeting for stake holders and policy makers the IBBA – (Integrated Behavioral and Biological Assessment) on high risk groups at Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TNSACS), Chennai on 29th February 2008
  • Presentation on “Need for Acceptance of Transgender” for Inner wheel Rotary members at Presidency Club, Chennai on 4th January 2008
  • Participation on “Clinical and Translational Research for Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV – related Co-Morbidities” at the Indo-US workshop by ICMR, New Delhi between September 24th – 25th, 2007
  • Presented a paper on “A study on the feasibility of HIV screening among TB patients through VCTC”, organized by the Dept. of TB and Chest Diseases, RNT Medical College, Udaipur between February 2nd-4th, 2007
  • Presented a paper on “Feasibility of HIV testing among TB patients” at the International HIV/AIDS conference organized by NACO at New Delhi on April 2006
  • Presented a paper on “Impact of nutritional intervention on Quality of life” at Research dissemination workshop organized by Tuberculosis Research Centre on 2nd March 2006
  • Attended the Third Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Bi-Regional TEPHINET Scientific Conference organized by National Institute of Epidemiology between January 9th to 12th 2006
  • Presented a paper on the topic of “Sociological Issues on HIV and TB” at the National CME on HIV and Tuberculosis at Chennai, organized by TRC and The National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi between September 11th –12th, 2004
  • Chaired a session –13th International Symposium-Inter-University Consortium for international Social development-Towards Democratic Pluralism; Challenges for Social development in the 21st century between December 29th ‘03– January 2nd, ‘04
  • Presentation on ‘Eunuchs – We are human too’. An insight into their history, psycho - social problems and an urgent need for their acceptance in society – to students of city colleges in Chennai organized by Shristhi, Madras School of Social Work on April 15th, 2003
  • Presented a paper on the topic of “To hell with Stigma”-4th International HIV/AIDS Conference organized by MGR university on November 9-12, 2003

Faculty /Guest Lecture/ Trainer :

  • Faculty for NACO Specialist Training on “Confidentiality and treating minors” on HIV Care and Treatment – organized by GHTM, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai May 22nd, 2008
  • Faculty for NACO Specialist Training on “Psychosocial Aspects and Counseling “ on HIV Care and Treatment – organized by GHTM, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai April 22nd, 2008 
  • Faculty for NACO Medical Officer Training on “Stigma and Discrimination” – organized by GHTM, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai April 11th, 2008
  • Guest Lecture on “Socio-behavioral Research” – Students of MSSW, Chennai March 10th, 2008 
  • Resource person for the Religious leaders training on “Human Sexuality and Church’s response” held at Gurukul, Chennai organized by National Lutheran Health & Medical Board November 22nd, 2007
  • Resource person for the State Level Seminar on “Social Work Research in the Indian Context organized by Loyola College, Chennai February 10th, 2007
  • Resource person for the Pastor’s training on “Human Sexuality and Church’s response” held at Gurukul, Chennai organized by National Lutheran Health & Medical Board January 8th, 2007
  • Guest Lecture on “What young girls need to do for HIV/AIDS?” at C.P.T. College for Women at Velachery December12th, 2004
  • Resource person for the workshop on “Counselling Skills in Sexual Health – Through Skill Enhancement Training” organized by the Department of Psychiatry, Madras Medical College August 10th, 2004
  • NACO Medical Officer Training on HIV care and Treatment organised by GHTM, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai. December 6th, 2007
  • Training for NTI field investigators on “Routine referral of TB patients to Integrated Counselling and Testing centres” in Bangalore October, 2007
  • Invited for the planning meeting as resource person “Redesign and planning meeting for conducting BSS Wave XII” – organized by APAC – VHS, Chennai March 18th, 2008
  • Member of the Alumni Association Board meeting held at Madras School of Social Work, Chennai February 16th, 2008
  • Review the proposals (REP) organized ICMR by Expert Group meeting June 30, 2007
  • What do youngsters need to know about HIV/AIDS? Talk for HIV/AIDS awareness program organized by Tamilnadu Aravanigal Association (THAAI) January 12th, 2007
  • Women and Development-A seminar organized by The Madras school of Social work-invited as a member of the Jury February 16, 2004


Others

  • Organized a Rally on the move against TB in Marina beach at Chennai on 15th March 2011
  • Conducted Dissemination workshop titled on TB for ST/STLS at TRC , March 12th 2010
  • Panel Member for a panel discussion on ‘Social Work Research’ - Medical & Psychiatric Social Work UGC sponsored National seminar on Social Work Research: Challenges and Perspectives at MSSW, Chennai January 29th &30th 2010
  • Conducted Dissemination workshop titled Challenges facing MSM in India in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention Challenges facing MSM at TRC January 7th 2010
  • Conducted “Facilitation Skill training” workshop with Fenway Institute, Boston at TRC October 20 &21st 2009 
  • External Examiner for the students of Post Graduate Students of Department of Social Work at Mar Gregorios College of Arts and Science, Chennai. April 21st, 2009
  • Panelists in the National Study Conference on “Social Work Profession – A Future Perspective” at the Department of Social Work of Loyola College, Chennai March 17th, 2009
  • Invited for the meeting to approve the Memorandum of Understanding and Bye-laws of our society “Association of MSSW Alumni” at Madras School of Social Work, Chennai. September 3rd, 2008
Foreign Visits:
  1. INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION SOCIAL WORK (IFSW) EUROPEAN CONFERE NCE 2017 TO ICELAND
    FROM 2017-05-28 TO 2017-05-30

  2. TEMPORARY ADVISOR IN WHO MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORKING GROUP FOR RES. CAPACITY STRENGTHENING & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT TO GENEVA
    FROM 2016-11-21 TO 2016-11-22

  3. PARTICIPATION IN THE "21ST INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE (AIDS 2016). TO SOUTH AFRICA
    FROM 2016-07-18 TO 2016-07-22

  4. PARTICIPATION IN THE "JOINT WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WORK, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 2016. TO SOUTH KOREA (REPULIC OF KOREA)
    FROM 2016-06-27 TO 2016-06-30

  5. TDR CONSULTATION ON PROMOTING IMPLEMENTATION OPERATIONAL RESEARCH TO SWITZERLAND
    FROM 2015-12-09 TO 2015-12-10

  6. PARTICIPATION IN THE 46TH UNION WORLD CONFERENCE ON LUNG HEALTH. TO SOUTH AFRICA
    FROM 2015-12-02 TO 2015-12-06

  7. THE WHO BI-REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON ADVANCING IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH ON ADVANCING IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH ON HIV/AIDS. TO JAPAN
    FROM 2015-11-29 TO 2015-11-30

  8. PARTICIPATION IN THE 42ND UNION WORLD CONFERENCE ON LUNG HEALTH. TO FRANCE
    FROM 2011-10-26 TO 2011-10-30

  9. PARTICIPATION IN THE 6TH IAS CONFERENCE ON HIV PATHOGENESIS TREATMENT & PREVENTION 2011. TO ITALY
    FROM 2011-07-17 TO 2011-07-20

  10. PARTICIPATION IN THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIV TREATMENT OF ADHERENCE, 2010. TO U.S.A.
    FROM 2010-05-23 TO 2010-05-25

  11. PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL MEETING OF THE BEHAVIOURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES RESEARCH NETWORK OF CENTRE FOR AIDS RES. TO U.S.A.
    FROM 2009-09-28 TO 2009-10-02

  12. NIMH ANNUAL INTERNAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF FIMILIES IN PREVENTING & ADAPTING TO HIV/AIDS IN PROVIDENCE. TO U.S.A.
    FROM 2008-10-06 TO 2008-10-08

  13. PARTICIPATION IN THE XVII INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE. TO MEXICO
    FROM 2008-08-03 TO 2008-08-08


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