Doctoral Student


Arpita Jindani is a doctoral candidate who possesses a strong health communication and public health background that enables her to draw unique insights in her research. She currently works at the Rutgers Global Health Institute and leads the development of health equity programs. Previously, she worked for Rutgers’ Global Tuberculosis Institute, where she developed educational programs on tuberculosis for health professionals in the northeastern United States and the Pacific Islands. In an earlier role at the Partnership for Maternal Child Health, she led a successful immunization program that resulted in long-term immunization initiatives across New Jersey.


Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine
M.A., Health Communication

Tata Institute of Social Sciences
MSW, Medical Psychiatric Social Work

St. Xavier’s College
BSc, Botany and Zoology


Jindani’s research on community resilience draws on existing community resilience literature and utilizes a community-based intervention as a case study to advance a communication-centered model of community resilience. Simultaneously, she is also exploring the role of communication among small, minority-owned businesses in urban communities in New Jersey and how they navigated the challenges that emerged from the public health crisis of COVID-19. Broadly, Jindani’s public health efforts and her research are focused on meaningfully engaging with global and local communities to address health inequity. Her research methodology includes the integration of qualitative and computational methods.

Awards & Recognitions

March 2024 – Chosen as the Top-5 student-led paper for presentation at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference (ICRCC).

October 2023 – Recipient of the 2023 Chancellor Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for significant contributions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, or service.

April 2023 - Received the top poster award at the 7th Biennial D.C. Health Conference hosted by George Mason University’s Department of Communication and Center for Health and Risk Communication held on April 27-April 29, 2023

January 2023 - Selected to serve on the Rutgers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Graduate Student Advisory Committee for the 2023-2025 term to advise on the implementation of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) DEI Strategic Plan