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Kavita Batra

Grad Alumni Ambassador
Department(s): Graduate College


Dr. Kavita Batra serves as a Biostatistician with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the School of Medicine (UNLV). Over the past years, she has taught several public health and general education courses, including Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Human Anatomy, and Physiology. Dr. Batra received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in May 2020. Her research focuses on maternal and child health, particularly drug-exposed neonates. Her dissertation was aimed to assess the health and financial burden of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Nevada. During 2019-2020, She was a successful candidate to participate in the final rounds of the Rebel Grad Slam. Dr. Batra is a UNLV Medallion recipient and a Graduate College Finishing Fellow due to her exceptional involvement in the graduate studies. She served the Graduate Professional Students’ Association for three years (2017-2020). Dr. Batra is an expert in qualitative and quantitative research and presented her work in several state and national public health conferences. She is currently leading several research projects to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health across different demographic and workforce groups. Dr. Batra also served as a panelist for the Center for Evidence-based Policy in the Medicaid Evidence-Based Decisions Project discussion on the racial disparities of COVID-19. Currently, she serves as a guest editor at the Healthcare journal for a special issue on COVID-19. Besides, she serves on the reviewer panel of the Signa Vitae journal.

Selected Publications

Sharma, M., Batra, K., & Nahar, V.K. Alcohol consumption in COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for alcohol education. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 64(2), 8-19.

Sharma, P., Batra, K., & Rathore, H. 2020. Psychological Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown (Phase 2) Among Indian General Population: A Cross-sectional Analysis. International Journal of Scientific Research. 9(8). 51-55.

Batra, K., Pharr, J., Olawepo, J., & Cruz, P. Understanding the Multidimensional Trajectory of Psychosocial Maternal Risk Factors Causing Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. Available online at this webpage, October 15, 2020 [In Press].

Batra, K., Morgan, A., & Sharma, M. COVID-19, and social isolation endangering the psychosocial health of older adults: Implications for telepsychiatry. Signa Vitae. Published online September 27, 2020. Available online at this webpage.

Batra, K. Letter to the Editor: Sleep quality and mood symptoms in conscripted frontline nurse in Wuhan, China during COVID-19 outbreak. Medicine [Correspondence Blog]. Published on September 17, 2020. Available online at this webpage.