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Anamika Barman-Adhikari

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver


Dr. Anamika Barman-Adhikari is a highly accomplished scholar and an Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her research is pioneering and centers on interdisciplinary approaches to tackle complex social and health issues facing vulnerable populations, particularly high-risk youth. She is an expert in the field of HIV and substance use prevention, and her work has made significant contributions to this area.

Dr. Barman-Adhikari’s research encompasses four primary areas, and she employs state-of-the-art research methods to delve deeper into these fields. She conducts survey-based research to comprehend how young people’s social relationships affect their risk and protective behaviors. Additionally, she explores the digital practices of homeless and other minority youth and young adults. Dr. Barman-Adhikari is interested in designing technology-based programs that foster social connectedness and promote healthy behaviors among these populations. Finally, she employs cutting-edge observational and computational methods to evaluate interactions in both face-to-face and online social networks.

In 2022, she received the prestigious title of Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). From 2021 to 2022, she served as a University of Denver Public Impact Fellow. In 2022, she was also honored as a TEDxMileHigh speaker, where she delivered a captivating talk on the intersection of AI and social work, exploring the potential benefits and challenges of using newer computational tools in social service decision-making. Dr. Barman-Adhikari’s work has gained widespread recognition, including coverage in reputable media outlets such as The Guardian and Wired, and accolades from esteemed academic and practice clearinghouses, including the National Clearinghouse for Youth & Families and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Her research is groundbreaking, and she is regarded as a leading expert in the field, making a significant impact on vulnerable populations.

When she’s not writing or delving into the world of data and technology, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching movies with her husband and two daughters.