Prof. Rashmi Gupta
Specialization: Aging, Health and Mental Health of Elderly and Caregivers
Home institution in US: San Francisco State University, California
Host Institution in India: Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh/ Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi     
Start date/Month in India: January/February 2013
Duration of grant: 8 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Rashmi Gupta is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University and teaches practice and research courses. She has authored/ co-authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters and has given over 80 presentations to professional audiences on topics such as the health and mental health issues of South Asian elderly and their caregivers. She has validated several scales, and has written about poverty, health promotion, death, dying and bereavement.

Dr. Gupta is a co-founder of the Aging in Asia Informal Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America. She received the 2010 Faculty Achievement award from the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work. She is a track chair of Immigrant, Refugee and Displaced Population and serves as a member of the Global Commission for the Council on Social Work Education. Since 2004, Dr. Gupta has been a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Affective Disorders, International Psychology Journal, Journal of Happiness Studies, Clinical Gerontologist, International Journal of Aging and Human Development and Death Studies.

The purpose of Dr. Gupta’s Fulbright study, “An Examination of Caregiving Dyads: Chronically Ill Elderly and their Caregivers in India,” is to examine care giving dyads: chronically ill elderly and their caregivers in Allahabad, India. She will obtain the sample from hospitals and nursing homes where family caregivers and the older adults with chronic illness stay until their discharge. Graduate student assistants from the university will interview about 250 older adults and 250 caregivers utilizing a structured questionnaire. The principal investigator will conduct four focus groups of physicians to explore their attitudes towards the aged. Physicians and nursing home managers will be informed about the study.