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; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.


Rohini Pahwa is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver.

Dr. Pahwa’s areas of specialization are severe mental illness and cross-cultural and cross-national research, and her work is rooted in her research, practice, and teaching experience in India and the United States. As a mental health researcher, Dr. Pahwa examines cross-cultural and cross-national differences in the process of community integration for individuals with severe mental illnesses through qualitative, quantitative, and network methodologies. Dr. Pahwa’s research aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the process of community integration in India and in the 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 the United States and developing countries like India.

Prior to NYU Silver, Dr. Pahwa worked with adults with mental illnesses 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.

She earned her PhD in social work and received postdoctoral training from the University of Southern California School of Social Work. She earned her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, her MA in psychology from Delhi University, India, and her BA from Punjab University, India.