Dr. Lena Ashok

Associate Professor & Coordinator for MSW Program

Department of Global Health


    She is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MSW Program in the Prasanna School of Public Health at Manipal Academy of Higher Education.


    • Successfully completed research projects under ICMR & ICSSR.
    • Teaches & guides PG students in pursuing their Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) & completing their thesis. 
    • Teaches Social & Cultural Perspectives on health to undergraduate Medical students at MMMC.
    • Has conducted Project through CSR collaborating with leading corporates & industries. 
    • Is a guide for PhD Scholars in Social Work Program.
    • Prepares Syllabus in consultation with experts.
    • Coordinates and organises field work practicum for MSW PG students in various governmental and non-governmental organisations and hospital settings to broaden the students’ understanding and to expose them for practical training.
    • Facilitates students from international universities every year for the Symposium organised by the department.
    • Is Member of Board of Studies, guiding research. 
    • Guides students in their research projects.
    • Is Co- investigator in research projects funded by ICMR .
    • Is involved in Teaching, Lesson Planning and Syllabus revision.
    • Guides Students for research Dissertation. 
    • Supervises for Students Internship. 
    • Guides students for Field work practicum. 
    • Conducts industrial exposure visit to various organization





Subject Semester / Year
Introduction to social case work and group work (MSW) Year I
Human Growth and Development (Shared) Year I
Advanced Social case work and group work Year I
Social Work Research and Social Statistics Year I
Medical Social Work Year I
Social Work & Public Health Year I
Research Project Year II
Field Work Practicum Year I, Year II


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
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 Interest

Adolescent health, MCH, Elderly

Area of Expertise

Adolescent health

Area of Research

Adolescent health, Elderly

Professional Affiliations & Contributions


  • Best Paper Presentation was awarded for the paper on “HIV/AIDS Education for Adolescents- An experiment in a rural setting” at the Silver Jubilee National Conference of the Indian  Society for Medical Statistics  held at Manipal during Dec 2007.
  • Indian Association of Social Sciences in Health (IASSH).
  • Indian Society of Professional Social Work (ISPSW).

A study on knowledge and practices regarding menstrual hygiene among rural and urban adolescent girls in Udupi Taluk, Manipal.

2003-01-01 Ramachandra Kamath Deboparna Ghosh Varalakshmi Chandrasekaran

India, Global Journal Of Medicine and Public Health, Vol 2, Issue 4.

A study on risk factors of breast cancer among patients attending the tertiary hospital in Udupi District.

2013-01-01 Ramachandra Kamath Kamaleshwar S Mahajan TS Sanal

Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Vol 38 Issue 2.

Reproductive Health Needs of Rural adolescents girls - A qualitative study.

2012-01-01 Kamath A

Professional Social Work - Research Perspectives, Authorspress Publishers, Pg 63-71.

Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives on health by Infosys Foundation.

Shammy Shiri Lena A Ida D’Souza

Authorspress Publishers, 2012, Pg 12-22.

Are we grooming the right kind of Social Work.

2012-01-01 Sebastin K V

2012, Professional Social Work Education: Emerging Perspectives, Authorspress Publishers, Pg 119-126.

Effectiveness of Reproductive Health Education in Adolescent, Rural School Girls of Udupi Taluk, Karnataka.

2010-01-01 N Sreekumaran Nair Veena Kamath Asha Kamath A Barua

JIMSA, Vol 23 Issue 4, RSP Rao.

Prevalence of Hypertension in the Paediatric Population

2010-01-01 Veena Kamath G Prasanna Mithra Parthaje Asha Kamath Anuja Balakrishnan

AMJ, Vol3, Issue3.

Parental pressure, present education system and their impact on adolescents.

2010-01-01 Monteiro R Sebastian KV

Health Action.

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among the rural school children in Udupi taluk

Kamath V Pattanshetty S Mithra P

South India, 2010, AMJ, Vol 3(6), Pg 357-363.

HIV/AIDS Education for Adolescents - An experiment in a rural setting in Udupi Taluk of Karnataka India.

2010-01-01 N Sreekumaran Nair Veena Kamath Asha Kamath

AMJ, Vol , No 3, 10, Pg 644-649.

Mental Health Literacy Among Late Adolescents in South India: What They Know and What Attitudes Drive Them


Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

Adolescents and Body Image: A Cross Sectional Study


A qualitative study on how adolescent males in South India view reproductive health


Parenting Dimensions and Adolescent Perceptions at the Root of Adolescent Behaviors


Role of micro- and mesosystems in shaping an adolescent


Burden Level of Caregivers of Persons having Bipolar Affective Disorder

2011-01-01 Mamatha Suvarna

MSW Batch 2011 -13, Semester 3.

Factors influencing stress among nurses working in ICU and coping patterns adopted by them in GNRC, Guwahati-Assam.

2011-01-01 Meethu Rani

MSW Batch 2011 -13 Semester 3.

A Study on Risk Factors of Breast Cancer in Udupi district.

Kamalesh Mahajan

MPH Batch 2010 -12, Semester 4.

A study on knowledge and practices regarding menstrual hygiene among rural and urban adolescent girls in Udupi Taluk.

Deboporna Ghosh

MPH Batch 2010, Semester 4.

Quality of life among persons with physical disability in Udupi taluk: a community based cross-sectional study.

Kunal P Kuvalekar

MPH Batch 2011, Semester 4.

Sexual and reproductive health needs of HIV positive young adults in Udupi district, Karnataka, India.

2011-01-01 Neelesh Yadhav

MPH Batch 2011, Semester 4.

A study on knowledge and practices regarding reproductive health and utilization of services among college adolescent girls in urban Udupi taluk

Monica Rana

MPH Batch 2011, Semester 3.

Depression, anxiety and experiences of stigma among the Men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population in Udupi District.


Dhritiman Das, MPH 2011-13.

Lifestyle Associated Risk Factors For Non Communicable Diseases Among Pre-University Colleges Of Udupi Taluk

2014-02-06 Shradha Parsekar

Perceptions of employees regarding performance appraisal system

2014-02-06 Bhavish Bopanna

A Study On correlates learning Disability With Among School Going Adolescents In Gokak Taluk, Belgaum District

2014-02-06 Sidappa Mallapur

Cross Sectional Study on Factors Influencing Perception of Body Image among Pre University College Students of Udupi Taluk

2014-02-06 Mannat Singh

The influence of academic stress and home environment on adolescent mental health in Udupi taluk

2016-01-06 D M Shilpa

A study on influence of work environment and job satisfaction of employees in Pragathi steel Casting Pvt Ltd S Shivamogga

2016-02-05 Ramitha

Assessing the Social Support Networks and Quality of Life among Elderly in udupi Taluk

2016-02-05 Shreenidhi

Internet addiction and its corrlates among undergraduate college students in Udipi Taluk

2015-01-05 Binita Sharma

Opinion of Employees regarding performance appraisal system

2016-02-05 Shivanand Kandaratti

A Study on Assessing the factors influencing job satisfaction among employees

Manjunath Basappa Padatare

Experiences of academic stress and coping practices among pre-university collage going adolescents

2016-02-05 Prathima

Ageism and its influence on the well-being of older people- A Qualitative Study

2017-01-05 Smitha Susan Varghese

Knowledge and attitude towards organ donation among post-graduate students

2017-01-05 Shetty Nidhi Satish

Employees' opinion on Employee-Engagement practices with reference to Satish Sugars Ltd. In Gokak

2017-01-05 Ravi Dundappa Anoli

Perceptions and experiences of stakeholders on the functioning of the juvenile justice system, with focus on children in conflict with law

2017-01-05 Soares Fiona Rose

A Qualitative study on Single mothers' experience on raising their children and their existing support system

2017-01-05 Keneitshunuo Mepehu O

Influence of Social Media on the lifestyle of Undergraduate Students in Udupi Taluk

2017-01-05 Steven John Thomas

Comparative study on the attitude and perceptions of worklife balance among generation X generation Y in Bangalor

2018-01-05 Sudharshni K

Influence of celebrity endorsement on consumer behavior

2018-01-06 Kevin John Mathew

Patterns of cyber café gaming and influence among young adults in Nagaland

2018-01-05 Tinunuken Longkumer

Utilization of Janani Suraksha Yojana Scheme among mothers in Cachar district, Assam

2018-01-05 Wasim Mazumder