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Ashwini Tiwari, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Ashwini Tiwari, PhD

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Health | Augusta University



Areas of Expertise (3)

Public Health


Health Behavior

Accomplishments (5)

40 under 40 -Class of 2023 Honoree- The Georgia State University Alumni Association (professional)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research Travel Award- Indigenous Gender and Wellness: Idea Fair and Learning Circle (professional)


Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (professional)


Postdoctoral Association Travel Award Competition: 3rd Place Prize; Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University (professional)


Medical College of Georgia Excellence in Teaching Award- Undergraduate Medical Education (professional)


Education (4)

Georgia State University: Ph.D., Public Health 2016

Georgia State University: M.S. 2012

Georgia State University: MPH 2011

University of Toronto: B.Sc. 2007

Affiliations (4)

  • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • Georgia Public Health Association

Media Appearances (3)

Augusta University awards Converge grants to four collaborative research projects focused on rural health

Jagwire  online


The selection of projects was led by Catherine Clary, JD, director of the Center for Rural Health at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University. She was assisted by Ashwini Tiwari, PhD, director of the B-STRONG Lab within IPPH and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Andrew Balas, MD, professor of public health and health management in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and Sharon Cosper, EdD, vice chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy within CAHS.

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Want to tackle public health issues and get paid? Join Augusta University’s Summer Scholars Program

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Ashwini Tiwari, PhD, assistant professor in the Medical College of Georgia, is also involved in the Summer Scholars Program and is a big advocate of interdisciplinary work throughout campus. “With having students who are this bright and coming in with a different perspective, it encourages us to look outside the box in what we’re doing, and we can holistically approach a problem,” said Tiwari.

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New study shows child marriage could cause long-term hypertension

Jagwire  online


Dr. Biplab Datta and Dr. Ashwini Tiwari, both assistant professors in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University, developed a new line of research that examines the later life risks of chronic conditions among women who were married before the age of 18 and gave birth during their adolescent years, ages 10 to 19. [] “We need to start thinking about the long-term implications for adult women married as children and to increase awareness of the chronic issues that can arise, if left unaddressed,” said Tiwari. She added, “Research takes time to translate into practice, but with more awareness will come more traction for improving policies and health care strategies.”

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Articles (3)

The role of child marriage and marital disruptions on hypertension in women-A nationally representative study from India

SSM-Population Health

2023 Child marriage is associated with negative health trajectories among women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Marital disruptions in LMICs are also associated with adverse socioeconomic and health outcomes in women. Yet, little is known about the compounded health effects of experiencing both child marriage and marital disruptions. Using nationally representative data from India among women aged 18–49 years, we examined the effects of marital age (i.e., marriage before or after 18 years) and martial disruptions (i.e., widowed/divorced/separated) on the odds of having hypertension. Findings suggest that together, marital disruptions and child marriage increase the risk of hypertension. Specifically, women married as children and who experienced marital disruptions were 1.2 (95% CI: 1.2–1.3) times more likely to have hypertension compared to women who married as adults and currently in marriage.

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Adding to her woes: child bride’s higher risk of hypertension at young adulthood

Journal of Public Health

2023 Background Child marriage is associated with various adverse socio-economic and pregnancy outcomes. However, there remains a dearth of research on the long-term health implications of child marriage. As such, this study sought to expand upon the growing literature on child marriage, specifically examining the associations between child marriage and hypertension during young adult age. Methods We obtained data of 5369 women aged 20–34 from the Tajikistan Demographic and Health Survey 2017. Using multivariable logistic regression framework, we estimated the adjusted odds in favor of being hypertensive for women who were married before the age of 18. We also explored the presence of several stressors to understand the role of probable medication factors.

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Maternal history of child maltreatment and household chaos: examining the mediating role of maternal and child psychopathology

Child Maltreatment

2023 Caregiver history of childhood maltreatment can have pervasive effects on familial and household dynamics. Maternal history of child maltreatment (MCM) is linked to maternal depressive symptoms and offspring behavioural problems. Further, maternal and child mental health are associated with chaotic home environments. In this study, we examined the potential mediating roles of maternal depressive symptoms and child behavioural problems in the association between MCM and household chaos. A sample of 133 mother–child dyads participated in home visits during which mothers completed questionnaires measuring their history of child maltreatment, depressive symptoms, household chaos and child behaviour problems. Mothers also conducted videotaped home tours related to household chaos.

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