Shaon Lahiri BITSS CatalystPublic HealthSocial Science

Shaon Lahiri is a social and behavioral scientist within the field of public health. He studies psychosocial processes across a number of behaviors that impact health, such as modern contraceptive use, intimate partner violence, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis use, and tobacco use. His expertise is in the measurement, operationalization, and analysis of social normative influence on behavior across a variety of settings and contexts. He focuses on bridging behavior change theory with rigorous and transparent quantitative analysis. Shaon is deeply passionate about pre-registration, and the use of RMarkdown to make clear the process by which research findings are generated.

Shaon has published his research in peer-reviewed journals, organizational reports, and has translated them for lay audiences in popular press outlets such as the Times of India and BusinessWorld magazine. He has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

Shaon is currently a PhD Candidate in Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at The George Washington University. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Imperial College London, a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Developing Health Systems from the WHO Collaborating Centre at Imperial College London.

Shaon would like to do most things in life within R, and is excited to have just figured out how to receive a text message from R when a model has finished running. He hopes to be able to have R communicate with his microwave, and other appliances, in the near future.