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Sumithra Murthy

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 444 DHSP

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By appointment


Sumithra Murthy is a Mixed Methods Researcher with a strong research and practice background in disability, family support and caregiving for people with disabilities, health disparities, and culturally appropriate interventions and implementation. Her extensive professional experiences include research management of multiple multi-year center-based research projects, quantitative and qualitative research methods, advanced statistical applications, grant writing, implementation of IRB policies and procedures, administrative operations, and mentoring students in research projects. She strongly believes in contributing to improving the lives of those most impacted by social inequities through application of research findings. Her research interests include Caregiving and Family Support for People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, Health and Healthcare Disparities, and Health Promotion.

Selected Grants

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, MindWalk: A Mindful Walking Intervention for Older South Asian Family Caregivers of People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) with Perceived Psychological Stress, Principal Investigator

Administration for Community Living, Strengthening Aging Services for Minority Populations Through Technical Assistance, Resource Development, and Program Coordination Grant, Co-Principal Investigator

Office of Women's Health and Family Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, Disability-focused training to the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), the Illinois Wisewoman Program (IWP), and the Illinois Family Planning Program (IFPP), Principal Investigator

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Strive to Thrive: Supporting Families across the Aging and DD Networks, Co-Principal Investigator

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Ph.D. in Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2022
Master of Public Health (MPH), Northwestern University, 2007
M.B.B.S, University of Mumbai, India, 1997