Skip to main content
Boston College School of Social Work
file

Aakanksha Sinha

Aakanksha Sinha
Education

BA, Delhi University; MSW, Boston College

Research Interests

Global Social Work; Food Security; Human Rights; Poverty; Child and Family Welfare

Organization Affiliations

Society for Social Work Research; International Federation of Social Workers

Awards and Fellowships

Boston College Doctoral Fellowship; Doctoral Diversity Fellowship; Leo P. Haley Award for Excellence in Communication, Leadership and Contribution in International Social Work

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant - SCWK998 History and Philosophy of US Social Welfare; Research Methods Tutor - SW747 Research Methods; Teaching Assistant - SW797 Frameworks and Tools for Global Practice; Guest Lecturer - SC980 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare “Comparative Child Welfare in US and India: Towards Social Inclusion of Children Without Parental Care”; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) [New Delhi, India] Trainer – FES Youth Workshop: Conducted training session on Developing Strategy for Youth Involvement in Trade Union Movement

Research Experience

Conducted pilot evaluation study on "Integrated Child Development Scheme" in the Delhi region in India for the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Department, India; Prepared presentations on community mapping of areas within Massachusetts to trace demographic characteristics; Research and literature review on issues of food security in the US; Consulted for the International Labor Organization to research on child labor and human rights issues in India.

Additional Experience

Conducted a pilot study on the "Integrated Child Development Scheme" in the Delhi Region for the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Department, India.

Publishable Paper

Exploring Factors Associated with Education Outcomes for Orphan and Abandoned Children: A Case of India (Successfully defended 2014)

Publications

Lombe, M. & Sinha, A. (2015). Poverty Clock. In Odekon, M. Encyclopedia of World Poverty. Sage Publications. In Press

Lombe, M. & Sinha, A. (2015). Child Consumption Poverty. In Odekon, M. Encyclopedia of World Poverty. Sage Publications. In Press

Lungu, T., Newransky, C., Sinha,A. (2015). Ch7. Responding to orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. In Lombe, M. & Ochumbo, A. (Ed) Children and AIDS. Ashgate Publishing, In Press

Lombe, M., Nebbitt, V., Sinha, A. & Reynolds, A. (2015). Examining effects of food security and food choices on health outcomes in households in poverty. Social Work in Healthcare. Under Review.

Nebitt, V.E., Lombe, M., Chu,Y. , Sinha, A. & Tirmazi, T. (2015). Correlates of Food Security among Low-resource Young People: An Assessment of Community Protective Factors within Public Housing Neighborhoods. Journal of the Poor and Underserved. Under Review

Sinha, A., Lombe, M., Saltzman, L.Y., Whetten, R. & Whetten, K. (2015). Factors associated with educational outcomes of orphan and abandoned children: a case of India. International Social Work. Under Review

Crea, T.M., Reynolds, A., Sinha, A., Eaton, J.F., Robertson, L.A., Mushati, P., Dumba, L.T., Mavise, G., Makoni, J.C., Nyamukapa, C. & Gregson, S. (2015). Effects of Cash Transfers on Vulnerable Children’s Health and Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: What are the Mechanisms of Impact? BMC Public Health. Under Review

Sinha, A. (2015). Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS): A Pilot Study in the National Capital Territory (NCT), India. Institute for Human Development. New Delhi: India. Under Review

Lombe, M., Nebbitt, V., Yu, M., Reynolds, A. & Sinha, A. (2014). Ch 29: Examining food security among children in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households: Implications for human rights. In Haymes, S., Vidal De Haymes, M. & Miller, R. (Eds.), Routlege Handbook for Poverty. 316-329

Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M, McKay, C.L. & Sinha, A. (2014). Correlates of academic performance among school-age African American male adolescents in public housing. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, c, 65-71.

Sinha, A. (2006). Youth and development go hand in hand. Dialogues. New Delhi: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Selected Presentations

Sinha, A., Andrew D. Reynolds, A., Lombe, M. (January 2014). Examining food security among children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Implications for human rights. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX;

Sinha, A., Reynolds, A., Lombe, M. (January 2015). Examining effects of food security and food choices on health outcomes in households in poverty. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA;

Crea, T., Reynolds, A., Sinha, A., Eaton, E.W., Robertson, L.A., Mushati, P., Dumba, L.T., Mavise, G., Makoni, J.C., Nyamukapa, C.A., Gregson, S. (January 2015). Health and social protection for orphans and vulnerable children: Household cash transfers as mitigators of risk. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Career Goals

To be a professional researcher, educator and a link between academia and development functionaries. As a social worker, trained in international child welfare issues, Aakanksha hopes to develop and strengthen programs aimed at increasing access to basic needs for low income children and families, globally. She also aims to be a professor at a university to teach future social workers, global child and women welfare policy. She will include the voice of the marginalized population and accounts of field realities obtained from the projects conducted in the community to enhance the classroom curricula.