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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


Vinita Agarwal (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2009) researches patient-provider communication and the therapeutic relationship in complementary and integrative medicine. She is the author of the upcoming book, Medical Humanism, Chronic Illness, and the Body in Pain: An Ecology of Wholeness, Lexington Press. She is Associate Editor at Health Communication, a specialty section of Frontiers in Communication. Her research has been published in 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 and presented over 50 competitively selected conference papers and is Chair-Elect for the Teaching & Learning Council, NCA's Leadership & Governance Board, Washington D.C. 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.