Vinita Agarwal

Vinita Agarwal

Education

  • Purdue University, PhD, Communication, Media, and Technology, 2009
  • Vipassana International Academy, Other, Vipassana meditation , 2019
  • International Academy of Ayurved, Other, Advanced Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition , 2019
  • Maharishi University of Management , Other, Ayurveda for Health Professionals (70 hours), 2019
  • Maharishi University of Management , Other, Ayurveda Wellness Educator, 2015
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MA, Communication , 2004
  • Mass Communication Research Center, MA, Mass Communication , 1991

Areas of Expertise

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Therapeutic relationships

Bio

Vinita Agarwal (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2009) researches patient-provider communication and the therapeutic relationship in complementary and integrative medicine. Her research has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Patient Experience, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Qualitative Health Research, Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Frontiers in Health Communication, and the Journal of Association of Communication Administrators, among others. She has received top paper awards at national and regional communication associations and presented over 50 competitively selected conference papers in premier national and international communication association conventions and serves on the review board for several others. She is trained in Vipassana meditation and in Ayurveda (Advanced Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition & for Health Professionals) and seeks to bring a self-reflexive integration of the goals of her practice and reflection in her research and mentoring.