Hello! My name is Apoorva (she/her), and I am a first-year community psychology graduate student working with Dr. Nicole Allen’s Action Research and Collaboration Lab. I completed a B.S. in Psychology with Honors in Bangalore, India. Alongside psychology, I am extremely fascinated by public policy and international law. I am a classically trained dancer and in my free time I enjoy practicing the Indian dance form of Kathak.
As a community psychology graduate student, my research interests reflect a desire to examine social issues with attention to community and societal-level factors. Broadly, I am interested in the ways that individuals interact with and are influenced by broader social and cultural climates, particularly as related to violence against womxn. More specifically, my emergent research interests focus on exploring and delineating various factors of social climate that may have an impact on the individual and community response to sexual assault. My ultimate aim is to empower citizens toward social action in response to violence against womxn. For example, I am interested in examining the ways that individuals and social communities create and promote dominant conceptualizations of sexual assault as well as understanding barriers and facilitators to effective community-level prevention programs. I am also interested in the potential gap between legal approaches and survivor-centered approaches to sexual violence prevention and intervention, and the ways these approaches may be enacted. In the future, I hope to combine my research interests to aid in the creation, development, and evaluation of public policies and guidelines as related to violence against womxn.