June 12, 2015

Current Fellows

Caitlyn Leonardson-Placek, Ph.D.

caity-headshot-9_2016E-mail: caitlyn.placek@gmail.com

Caitlyn is a biomedical anthropologist whose research broadly focuses on women’s health at the intersection of environment, culture, and biology. She is currently serving as a Global Health Equity Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Purnima Madhivanan. She has worked in South India since 2011 on research related to pregnancy diet, religion, and substance use. Her current research investigates risk factors leading to HIV, specifically substance use and risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults in Mysore, India.



Anand Siddaiah, M.Phil., Ph.D.

anand3Anand Siddaiah is a Child Psychologist and a research fellow at Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII), Mysore, Karnataka, India. He received his Master’s in Psychology in Learning Disability, and a Doctoral degree in Psychology from University of Mysore. He completed the Junior and Senior Research fellowship at the University of Mysore working on a project on “Screening for dyslexia phenotypes and their molecular genetic analysis in South Indian population” funded by the Development of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India (2009-2012). He has served as a guest faculty in Psychology at Mysore Medical Nursing College (2015) and worked collaboratively with Samveda Research and Training Center for children with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in Davanagere, Karnataka, India. Under the mentorship of Dr. Purnima Madhivanan (US) and Dr. Ramprasad Attur (India), Anand’s current research focuses on examining the role of postpartum depression in attachment patterns of mother and infant, and its effect on infant development (Physical, Motor and Cognition) in rural India.