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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 associate professor in the College of Nursing and teaches in the Ph.D. and the DNP programs. She is the director of global health at the College of Nursing. She also previously served as the director for the telehealth research program at MUSC Center for Telehealth and has training in 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 Ph.D. 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 has worked extensively on cell biology, genetics, and biomarkers. Eventually, she transitioned to become a public health scientist at MUSC and is a member of the SC Cancer Alliance Cervical Cancer workgroup.

She has extensive research and educational experience in global health, cancer, palliative care, 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 Ph.D. 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.
  • Palliative care research for cancer patients and post-rehab community integration for individuals with spinal cord injury in low and middle-resource countries
  • Technology applications to improve post-stroke recovery or hypertension in rural communities globally.

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