Dr. Lena Ashok

Associate Professor & Coordinator for MSW Program

Department of Social And Health Innovation


    Dr Lena Ashok is  an Associate Professor, MSW Program, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.  She has more than 16 years experince in academia. She has been awarded PhD from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal on the topic “ Effectiveness of health education on knowledge and attitude of adolescent girls towards reproductive health” in the year 2006. She has a vast experience working for projects in collaboration with corporate, Government  & NGO's. 

    She  has field experience for over 16 years focusing on maternal, child adolescent health. She has been involved in PG teaching and guiding research scholars for their doctoral programs and a member of Doctoral advisory Committee.  She is coordianotor for PhD programme, PSPH

    She has been a resource person for various workshops on counselling and life skill education to adolescents and Training of Teachers. She has been part of coordinating and implementing community health programmes, developing modules, building partnerships with various stakeholders and liaising at district and state level. She was member BOS for Bachelor's Programmes & PG programmes. She is involved in the curriculum development of the MSW Programme in various universities. She has been PI and Co-PI in various projects funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). She has more than 30 publications in reputed national and international journals.


Subject Semester / Year
Human Growth and Development Year 1 - Block 1
Social Case Work Year 1 - Block 3
Medical Social Work Year 1 - Block 4
Social Work Research and Social Statistics Year 2 - Block 7
Field Work Practicum/ Block Social Work Practicum & Internship Year 1 & 2


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Msters in Social Work Medical and psychiatric social work Mangalore University 1987
PhD Medical and Psychiatric Social Work MAHE, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal 2006


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Medical Social Work 20 Years


Area of Research

Adolescent health, welbeing, women, ageing, palliative care and mental health

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Professional Affiliations & Contributions
  • Life member of Indian Association of Social Sciences in Health (IASSH).
  • Life member of Indian Society of Professional Social Work (ISPSW).
  • Vice President- Autism Society Udupi