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Suparna Qanungo Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Nursing
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Dr. Suparna Qanungo, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and teaches primarily in the PhD program, and also in the DNP and the undergraduate programs. She is the Director of Telehealth Research Program at MUSC Center for Telehealth. She serves as the Global Health liaison for the college and is Green Belt trained in Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Quality Improvement. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Visva Bharati University, India, her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from Calcutta University, India and her PhD degree in Biological Sciences and Biochemistry from Jadavpur University, India with thesis defense at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  She started her career as a cancer research scientist at Case Western Reserve University and then changed track to become a public health scientist at MUSC.

She has extensive research and educational experience in community health, global public health and telehealth. Her focus is to work with underserved communities to improve access to care and address their physical, emotional and psychosocial needs, locally and globally. She mentors PhD dissertations, inter-professional students and fellows on research design and methods related to community and global health.

She is currently the dual principal investigator on a NIH-funded study that focuses on caregiver education on improving mealtime for individuals with dementia using a telehealth approach. She leads/co-leads multiple projects in her current areas of interests: Community-engaged research approaches for underserved communities; Global health research to improve palliative care for cancer patients and post-rehab independent living and community integration for individuals with spinal cord injury in low and middle-resource countries;  Technology applications to improve post-stroke recovery for patients in Ghana; Expand telehealth interventions to improve access to care barriers in rural communities. She has also led global health learning initiative from the College of Nursing where she took a group of nursing students on a culturally immersed educational trip to India. Overall, she brings a unique expertise of blending basic and translational science together with integration into clinical and community settings.

Keywords: global health, palliative care, telehealth, mixed methods research, community-based research