Amita N. Vyas
Amita N. Vyas
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
Amita N. Vyas, PhD, MHS, is a tenured Associate Professor at the George Washington University (GW) School of Public Health and Director for the MPH Maternal and Child Health program and the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Vyas also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Women's Health Issues; she is the Founder of the Global India Fund; an Executive Member and co-founder of the State Department's U.S.-India Alliance for Women's Economic Empowerment; and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. In 2014, Dr. Vyas joined Girl Rising and Co-Produced the Girl Rising India film and served on its Board of Directors until 2020.
At the age of 20, Amita journeyed to Calcutta, India to work alongside Mother Teresa in the Missionaries of Charity. In one eye-opening summer, she was immersed in the relationship between health, education, and social inequities affecting vulnerable populations. From that extraordinary experience, inspired by a simple desire to serve those in need, she decided to pursue a career in public health. This early experience working alongside suffering and devastation continues to play a role in her teaching, scholarship, practice, and service to communities, and it is through this lens of empathy that she has led efforts to address the health, education, and well-being of women, children, and families locally, nationally, and globally.
Dr. Vyas earned her Masters in Demography at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and then continued her studies at Johns Hopkins earning her doctorate in Population and Family Health Sciences, receiving awards for outstanding academic achievement. Dr. Vyas’ research has primarily focused on the health and well-being of adolescent girls and women, and she has led countless large scale intervention and research studies in the U.S, India, Morocco, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Peru. Dr. Vyas is the recipient of several awards including the George Washington University Bender Teaching Award; the 2013 National Delta-Omega Honor Society Award for Innovative Curriculum; the 2019 Student Supervisor of the Year Award for universities in the Northeast; and was selected for the Impact Center’s National Women’s Leadership Fellowship.
Dr. Vyas resides in Mclean Virginia with her husband and three teenage children. She is a champion for women, children, and families in the United States and globally.