Vinita Agarwal

Vinita Agarwal


  • 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


My research focuses on strategic health and healing communication in patient-provider communication in therapeutic and integrative medicine settings. I bring my practice and training in Ayurveda and Vipassana meditation to my insights in mind-body integration in healing communication. I completed the silent Vipassana meditation retreat from India’s most ancient and purist form of meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagi U Ba Khin at the Dhamma Giri center, one of the world’s largest meditation centers in Igatpuri, Nasik, Maharashtra, India.