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Vithya Murugan, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Assistant Professor; Social Work
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

Human Behavior and the Social Environment


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.W., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Research Interests

Violence against minority women, including immigrants and refugees; gender empowerment; cross-cultural research

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Atteraya, M. S., Murugan, V., & Pandey, S. (2017). Intersection of caste/ethnic affiliation and poverty among married women in intimate partner violence: the case of Nepal. Global social welfare, 4(2), 81-90.

  2. Pandey, S., Murugan, V., Karki, Y. B., & Mathur, A. (2017). In-home Smoking in Households with Women of Reproductive Age in Nepal: Does Women's Empowerment Matter?. Health & Social Work, 42(1), 32-40.

Find Vithya Murugan on ResearchGate

Honors and Awards

  • Council on Social Work Education, Minority Fellow (2013-2016)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Society for Social Work and Research