I could find
research that can match my area of interests at Department of Behavioral and
Social Science at Brown University. I have examined number of patients
suffering with premalignant lesions and conditions in the oral cavity, oral
malignancies that result from chronic use of tobacco chewing and/or tobacco
smoking. Although we instruct them to quit smoking, many of them fail to do so.
There are various reasons that contribute to this. The research at your
university that is focusing right from multifactorial aspects of smoking in
adolescence to various approaches for smoking cessation, like pharmacotherapy
and psychological reinforcement and effects of smoking abstinence is really one
that makes me apply to the PhD program. During the fourth year and internship
of my BDS studies, I had keen interest in studying about the effects of
tobacco. Presently, while working with NGO, I come across many incidences where
I observe people addicted to alcohol. There are some adolescents who are
trapped in drug abuse. I can find social, economic and cultural factors
aggravating these problems. These are my research interests matching with the Department
of Behavioral and Social sciences those match these areas.
working in a developing country like India, I can closely observe a wide range
of people. These people from variegated cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
have been a major investing factor towards my interest in ‘Behavioral and
Social Sciences’ that can advocate and endorse healthier lifestyle in the
In such a
large population of more than 1.25 billion people of India, not enough
facilities reach all classes. Due to socio-economic disparity, false
presumptions, lack of awareness I have often observed hesitation that hinders
people from seeking help. I encounter many problems in group discussions with
adolescents and their parents regarding various issues. However, I observe some
problems similar or exacerbated in adulthood of a person. There are problems
like addiction, sexuality, stress, relationship conflicts, depression etc. those
occur in adulthood of a person. Such problems might have deep-seated roots in
adolescence. In order to prevent these problems, such causes need to be studied
in depth. These issues may worsen in later life. There is likelihood that the
problems can damage physical and mental health of a person and can result into
serious consequences. In order to
prevent these consequences, there is a need to study the etiologies of these
problems in adolescence. Proper use of funds and government intervention will
ease needy people to seek support. Research can provide need based refined
solutions. Thorough research needs to be done about clinical, laboratory,
social and psychological aspects of these issues. These studies can help to
plan and execute the programs that can ameliorate the conditions.
work at your university can give me exposure to a diversified experience to
contribute towards global health. My experience and aim towards working for
tribal and low socioeconomic populaces makes me feel befitting for the program.
The mission of the university mentions about working for marginalized and
vulnerable populations. This mission is also shared by me. The contemporary
approaches of the department to study use of E-cigarettes, text-messaging,
videos and web- based programs are contemporary and can give me pragmatic
outlook towards the issues and their solutions. I have been using the method of
videos and in-person counseling. Having counselled assorted sets of people, I
have gather experiences that motivate me to take interest in research.
I have been
working with various innovative ideas to overcome such problems. But with the
precious guidance of faculty members of the institution, I can definitely learn
rationalized and new approaches. I can observe many similar research interests
that I share with faculties Dr. Kristina Jackson, Dr. Rachel Cassidy and Dr.
Sara Becker of the Department of Behavioral and social Sciences at Brown
University. Other faculties at the university too have multifarious approaches
to public health those persuade me to apply to the university. The research of Department of Behavioral and
Social Sciences at your university is extended to various developing countries.
I can blend my cognizance and experience with such a diversified approach and
knowledge that can facilitate and lead my way to develop my career in order to
contribute towards global health and mitigate the problems that can lead to
harm the society.