Behavioural Scientist – INDIA

Mira B. Aghi, Ph.D. is a Behavioural Scientist and a Communications Expert whose work has focused on intervention research and advocacy in tobacco control in her own country as well as internationally. She is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mira received the Distinguished Achievement Award—Indian Space Research Organization for the development of innovative TV program material in support of the Satellite International Television Experiment by Dr. Dhawan in 1976. She was the first woman from Asia to be awarded the WHO Gold Medal on Tobacco Control in 1989. Mira is the recipient of Academy Award, Asian Academy of Films and Television, 1995. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Behavioural Science from Universidad Del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the recipient of the Tribute for Outstanding Service to Women, International Network of Women Against Tobacco in 2009. She was named one of Twenty Women Achievers in Health Care by Modern Medicare magazine in 2009. Mira received the Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Community Service from the American Cancer Society in 2012.

Mira is the co-author of the 1982 and 1991 UICC manuals on Smoking and Children, as well as the author of the 1999 WHO Strategy on Women’s Health as affected by tobacco. She obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.

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