Marywood University Professor Gets Paper Published

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Sunny Sinha, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work and lead author of “A Survey of the Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Violence Prevention Among Women,” was recently published in Advances in Social Work.

The article addresses Information Communication Technologies (ICT), particularly mobile phone technology, and its increase in relationship between individuals by enhancing their ability to frequently communicate with one another through different mediums. including text, audio, video, and emojis. Cell phone technology is being used to combat various social issues, including several public health-related problems such as violence against women. Over the past two decades, several cellphone-based applications (apps) including Circle of 6, MyPlan, Panic Button, and Aspire News have been developed in several countries to prevent violence against women

Circumstantial evidence suggests that these apps are effective both as violence prevention and as an intervention tool in public as well as private spaces. However, very little awareness exists among social workers about these mobile phone apps, particularly the capabilities and limitations of these apps. Based on a brief survey and classification of the existing mobile phone apps designed to prevent violence against women, the paper explains how these apps work and points out their capabilities and limitations, so that social workers and public health professionals can better guide their clients in using these technology-based services. It is highly recommended that social workers evaluate how their clients are affected by the use or non-use of violence prevention apps and advocate for their clients’ rights to digital literacy and internet access.

In addition to her role as an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Marywood University, Dr. Sinha is also a Fahs-Beck scholar, a doctoral dissertation grant program that helps support dissertation expenses of students in the U.S. and Canada. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Her research and scholarship focus on a wide range of global issues, including HIV prevention, trafficking, and issues related to gender, race, class, and sexuality. She has published mostly on the issues of non-brothel-based female sex workers in Kolkata, India. Dr. Sinha is also the recipient of the Michael H. Agar Lively Science Award for 2018.

For additional information about Marywood University’s School of Social Work, please visit marywood.edu/ssw, or call the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234. To read the paper, “A survey of the Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Violence Prevention Among Women,” please visit the website of Advances in Social Work.