Parveen Parmar

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population

Department of Global Health and Population

Research

Parveen Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. She conducted a study on sexual violence among refugees and host populations in Eastern Cameroon in collaboration with International Medical Corps. Working with Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Parmar conducted a population-based study of residents of Chin State, Burma, which quantified the prevalence of human rights violations inside Burma and was presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In collaboration with Community Partners International and community-based ethnic health organizations in eastern Burma, Dr. Parmar has studied health and human rights violations before and after the political transition in Burma, recently published in PLOS One. She designed and taught an innovative course on field research methods in humanitarian crisis, which allowed HSPH students and Burmese refugees to learn research methods collaboratively in a Thai refugee camp. Dr. Parmar has also studied access to health care of Burmese refugees in New Delhi, and is currently working to understand health access among refugees living in Boston. Currently, Dr. Parmar is serving as a research consultant to the International Rescue Committee, studying non-communicable disease among Syrian refugees in Jordan. 

Selected publications

Parmar P, Barina C, Low S, Thara Tun K, Otterness C, Mhote P, Htoo N, Kyaw W, Lwin A, Maung C, Moo M, Shwee Oo EK, Reh D, Mon NC, Singh N, Goyal R, Richards AK. Health and Human Rights in Eastern Myanmar after the political transition:  A Population-Based Assessment Using Multistaged Household Cluster Sampling. PLOS One, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25970445/

Parmar P, Benjamin-Chung J, Smith L, Htoo N, Leang S, Lwin A, Mahn M, Maung C, Reh D, Shwe Oo EK, Lee T, Richards AK. Health and Human Rights in Eastern Myanmar prior to political transition:  A Population-Based Assessment Using Multistaged Household Cluster Sampling. BioMed Central International Health and Human Rights, BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2014, 14:15 DOI: 10.1186/1472-698X-14-15

Parmar P, Agrawal P, Goyal R, Scott J, Greenough G. Need for a Gender-Sensitive Human Security Framework: Results of a Quantitative Study of Human Security and Gender-based Violence in Djohong District, Cameroon. Conflict and Health, Conflict and Health.2014, 8:6 DOI: 10.1186/1752-1505-8-6

Parmar P, Agrawal P, Greenough PG, Goyal R, Kayden S. Sexual Violence Among Host and Refugee Population in Djohong District, Eastern Cameroon. Journal of Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. May 2012; 7(9): 974-994.

Parmar P, Aaronson E, Fischer M, O’Laughlin KN. Burmese Refugee Experience Accessing Health Care in New Delhi: A Qualitative Study. Refugee Survey Quarterly 2014;
doi: 10.1093/rsq/hdu006.

Sollom R, Richards AK, Parmar P, Mullany LC, Lian SB, Iacopino V, Beyrer C. Health and Human Rights in Chin State, Western Burma: A Population-Based Assessment Using Multistaged Household Cluster Sampling. Feb 2011; PLoS Med 8(2): e1001007. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001007

Scott J, Averback S, Merport AM, Hacker MR, Cornish S, Spencer D, Murphy M, Parmar P. An Assessment of Gender Inequitable Norms and Gender-Based Violence in South Sudan: a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. Conflict and Health. March 2013; 7 (4).

Scott J, Averbach S, Merport Modest A, Hacker M, Cornish S, Spencer D, Murphy M, Parmar P. An assessment of attitudes toward gender inequitable sexual and reproductive health norms in South Sudan: a community-based participatory research approach. Confl Health. 2013 Nov 9;7(1):24.