Diksha Brahmbhatt

Diksha Brahmbhatt (BK '18) is an Anthropology major. She hopes to develop a more holistic and nuanced understanding of how societies perceive mental illness and what types of treatment can be readily integrated and well-received. During a summer abroad in Swaziland and South Africa creating a documentary film on HIV stigma, she realized that medicine and health campaigns are woven into public perceptions of illness. With foundations in Anthropology and Global Health, she seeks to help build culturally-sensitive mental health programs into communities, especially in South Asia, where her family originates. Her research position at the Yale School of Public Health has allowed her to further explore her interest in maternal health through a breastfeeding study. At Yale, Diksha is an active member of the Yale College Council, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, the MonstRAASity dance team, and the Dean's Office Civic Leadership Initiative. Her love for the outdoors has pulled her to leading freshmen on orientation trips through FOOT.

  • PRIDE - Adolescent Mental Health Country: United States


    Sangath is a mental health NGO and research institution that trains lay counselors in delivering interventions and rigorously compares their effectiveness to therapy administered by professionals. I was on the adolescent mental health project conducting interviews and focus group discussions, working on intervention development for school counselors, and working with psychiatrists and psychologists.