Dr. Sheela Sinharoy is an Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has approximately 20 years of experience working on global health and development programs. Her research focuses on the nutrition of women and children, especially in relation to agriculture; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and household air pollution. Her work also incorporates a strong focus on gender, empowerment, and social inclusion. Dr. Sinharoy uses inter-disciplinary approaches, program evaluation, and implementation science, to identify "what works" to improve program effectiveness. Methodologically, she is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her research spans across Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. Dr. Sinharoy received dual B.A. degrees in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Penn State University, an MPH from the department of Maternal and Child Health at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Emory University.
Selected recent publications are below. Please see my Google Scholar page for additional work.
Areas of Interest
- Community Health & Development
- Global Health
- Maternal and Child Health
- Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- S Sinharoy, S McManus, A Conrad, M Patrick, B Caruso, 2023, The Agency, Resources, and Institutional Structures for Sanitation-related Empowerment (ARISE) Scales: Development and validation of measures of women’s empowerment in urban sanitation for low- and middle-income countries, World Development, 164,
- S Sinharoy, A Conrad, M Patrick, S McManus, BA Caruso, 2022, Protocol for development and validation of instruments to measure women’s empowerment in urban sanitation across countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa: the Agency, Resources and Institutional Structures for Sanitation-related Empowerment (ARISE) scales, BMJ Open, 12,
- S Dupuis, M Hennink, AS Wendt, JL Waid, MA Kalam, S Gabrysch, S Sinharoy, 2022, Women’s empowerment through homestead food production in rural Bangladesh, BMC Public Health, 22,
- S Sinharoy, H Reese, I Praharaj, H Chang, T Clasen, 2021, Effects of a combined water and sanitation intervention on biomarkers of child environmental enteric dysfunction and associations with height-for-age z-score: A matched cohort study in rural Odisha, India, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 15,
- S Sinharoy, T Clasen, R Martorell, 2020, Air pollution and stunting: A missing link?, The Lancet Global Health, 8, E472-E475
- H Reese, P Routray, B Torondel, S Sinharoy, S Mishra, MC Freeman, HH Chang, T Clasen, 2019, Assessing longer-term effectiveness of a combined household-level piped water and sanitation intervention on child diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection, soil-transmitted helminth infection and nutritional status: a matched cohort study in rural Odisha, India, International Journal of Epidemiology, 48, 1757-1767
- H Reese, S Sinharoy, T Clasen, 2019, Using structural equation modelling to untangle sanitation, water and hygiene pathways for intervention improvements in height-for-age in children< 5 years old, International Journal of Epidemiology, 48, 1992–2000
- S Sinharoy, JL Waid, R Haardörfer, A Wendt, S Gabrysch, KM Yount, 2018, Women's dietary diversity in rural Bangladesh: pathways through women's empowerment, Maternal and Child Nutrition, 14,
- S Sinharoy, WP Schmidt, R Wendt, L Mfura, E Crossett, KA Grépin, W Jack, BN Rwabufigiri, J Habyarimana, T Clasen, 2017, Effect of community health clubs on child diarrhoea in western Rwanda: cluster-randomised controlled trial, The Lancet Global Health, 5, e699-e709