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Fogarty International Center grant — India

Behavioral health

Dr. Linda Cottler (center) leads a project that provides fellowships for Indian behavioral health professionals like Sonam Ongmu Lasopa (left) and Dr. Nikhil Jain, both based in Gangtok, Sikkim in India. Photo by Maria Belen Farias.

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology in UF’s colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine, and associate dean of research and planning for PHHP, leads a program that offers behavioral health training to scientists in India. The program is designed to increase research opportunities between the University of Florida and Indian partners. Funded by a prestigious grant from National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, the project concentrates on the behavioral health issues of greatest concern to the area — addiction, suicide and mental health. The focus is on partnerships in Bangalore and two northeastern Indian cities in the foothills of the Himalyan Mountains: Gangtok, Sikkim, and Tezpur, Assam.

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