Lalatendu Acharya

Dr. Acharya is a scholar in health sciences with expertise in health communication, public health principles and marketing, interested in improving health outcomes of vulnerable and marginalized communities who suffer from significant health inequities/ disparities. He has a strong academic background and field experience in community health issues, applied and translational work done in participation with community health organizations both in the United States and in India.

Dr. Acharya’s program of research is in the thematic area of Health Disparities/ Health Inequities with the primary focus being how to improve health of individuals/ families/ communities through communication interventions rooted in cultural and contextual frameworks and community participation. Dr. Acharya’s current research projects are in the area of mental health and environmental health where he is working on community based participatory projects to address relevant health issues prioritized by the community. Research has established that health and Hunger/ Food are highly interconnected and so a small but developing part of his work also looks at Food Insecurity, especially its intersections with community health and disparities.

Dr. Acharya has worked extensively in the field of Public Health, Social Development, Communication and related issues in the Corporate sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Dr. Acharya has a MBA in Marketing from Xavier University, Orissa, India and a PhD from Purdue University, Indiana, USA in Health Communication. Dr. Acharya has published his work in top journals in the field like Health Communication, Journal of American College Health, Journal of Sports and Social Issues and has several peer reviewed articles and book chapters. He is also a reviewer in many journals like Health Communication, The Journal of Health Communication, Communication, Culture and Critique, Psychological Reports, Journal of American College Health, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Preventive Medicine Reports, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Women's Studies International Forum, CES4Health, Journal for Research Practice, Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality and the peer reviewed products of Community - University partnerships: bringing global perspectives to local action (CUEXPO).

Dr. Acharya is a fellow of the Teaching Academy at Purdue, has won departmental Teaching Awards, is an IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) fellow,  Teaching for Tomorrow fellow and teaches courses on Health Disparities, Global Health, Culture and Health, Qualitative Research Methods, Community Based Participatory Research Methods, World Food Problems, Global Strategic Communication, Relationship Selling, Negotiation etc..

Dr. Acharya is also very active in service to the University and beyond being the past chair of the CSR Curriculum Committee, representative to the College of Health and Human Sciences Educational Policy and Curriculum committee,  College of Health and Human Sciences Honors program coordinating committee, a member of National Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health America. Dr. Acharya is also a past editorial board member of the Purdue Journal of Service Learning, a Purdue residences faculty fellow, BGR (Boiler Gold Rush) mentor and current advisor of the Public Health Graduate Student Association at Purdue.

Dr. Acharya is also involved in different university activities by regularly giving research talks at faculty and student led forums like the Purdue Center for Food Security, Center for Environment, Purdue Policy Research Institute, Timmy Global Health, Emerging Leaders in Science and Society, Purdue Summer Teaching symposium etc.

An exhaustive list of his publications can be found at and .


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