Rohini Pahwa

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise

Serious mental illness, mental health services, cross-cultural and cross-national research, community integration, stigma, health vulnerabilities in people with serious mental illness, social network analysis, and quantitative and mixed methods. 


Rohini Pahwa joined the faculty at NYU Silver School of Social Work as an assistant professor in December 2014. She received her PhD in social work from the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California in 2013, following which, she received postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California. She earned an MSW from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota and an MA in psychology from Delhi University, India.

Dr. Pahwa’s areas of specialization are severe mental illness and cross-cultural and cross-national research. Dr. Pahwa’s work is rooted in her research, practice, and teaching experience in India and the United States. As a mental health researcher, Dr. Pahwa’s work examines cross-cultural and cross-national differences in the process of community integration for individuals with severe mental illness through quantitative and network methodologies. Previously, Dr. Pahwa has worked with adults with mental illness in India in a mental health and neuroscience hospital and as a part of a community outreach program in the rural outskirts of Delhi, India, followed by working with children and youth at a mental health agency in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Pahwa’s research aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the process of community integration in India and United States to eventually convert the lessons learned into an intervention to increase community integration of individuals with serious mental illness, both in developed countries like United States and developing countries like India.