Dr Vartika Sharma

PhD - Health Sciences


My academic training is in population health with several years of experience of working with vulnerable population groups in New Zealand and overseas. I have specific interest in youth mental health (esp. self-harm and suicide), ethnic minority health and women’s health. My research work is strongly grounded in building meaningful community partnerships and elevating their voices in the research involving them. I have expertise in qualitative research methods, evidence synthesis, intersectional research and critical analysis. 

Research | Current

Border Dwellers Study - Harnessing ethnic minority young people's creativity for health gains

“Missing Women” in New Zealand: Exploring Gender Bias in Migrant Communities

Making sense of it: A guide for parents/whānau of children who self-harm

Evidence synthesis of the research evidence for suicide prevention and postvention

Postgraduate supervision


Supporting parents of South Asian Young People who self-harm: A Qualitative Study Exploring Strategies for Recruitment and Perspectives of Key Community Informants. Master of Public Health. UoA


2021: A Stocktake of Suicide Prevention Activities for the Asian Community. Master of Public Health. UoA

2020: Gender, Feminity and Tobacco Smoking Behaviour among Women in Low-income and Middle-income countries: A systematic Review. Master of Public Health, UoA

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Sharma, V., Tun, W., Sarna, A., Saraswati, L. R., Pham, M. D., Thior, I., & Luchters, S. (2019). Prevalence and determinants of unprotected sex in intimate partnerships of men who inject drugs: findings from a prospective intervention study. International journal of STD & AIDS, 30 (4), 386-395. 10.1177/0956462418802142
  • Sebastian, M. P., Dasgupta, A., Saraswati, L. R., Singh, A., Sharma, V., Madan, I., ... Sarna, A. (2017). Service utilization and cost of implementing a comprehensive HIV prevention and care program among people who inject drugs in Delhi, India. Harm Reduction Journal, 14 (1).10.1186/s12954-017-0165-y
  • Sharma, V., Sarna, A., Tun, W., Saraswati, L. R., Thior, I., Madan, I., & Luchters, S. (2017). Women and substance use: a qualitative study on sexual and reproductive health of women who use drugs in Delhi, India. BMJ Open, 7 (11), e018530-e018530. 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018530
  • Ray Saraswati, L., Sarna, A., Rob, U., Puri, M., Singh, R. J., Sharma, V., & Kundu, A. (2016). South–south mobility: economic and health vulnerabilities of Bangladeshi and Nepalese migrants to India. Area Development and Policy, 1 (2), 195-217. 10.1080/23792949.2016.1194723
  • Ray Saraswati, L., Sarna, A., Sebastian, M. P., Sharma, V., Madan, I., Thior, I., ... Tun, W. (2015). HIV, Hepatitis B and C among people who inject drugs: high prevalence of HIV and Hepatitis C RNA positive infections observed in Delhi, India. BMC Public Health, 15 (1).10.1186/s12889-015-2003-z
  • Sharma, V., Sarna, A., Luchters, S., Sebastian, M., Degomme, O., Saraswati, L. R., ... Tun, W. (2015). ‘Women at risk’: the health and social vulnerabilities of the regular female partners of men who inject drugs in Delhi, India. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17 (5), 623-637. 10.1080/13691058.2014.979885
  • Sarna, A., Saraswati, L. R., Sebastian, M., Sharma, V., Madan, I., Lewis, D., ... Tun, W. (2014). High HIV incidence in a cohort of male injection drug users in Delhi, India. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 139, 106-114. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.03.021
  • Sarna, A., Tun, W., Sharma, V., Sebastian, M., Madan, I., Yadav, A., ... Thior, I. (2013). High Uptake of HIV Testing in a Cohort of Male Injection Drug Users in Delhi, India: Prevalence and Correlates of HIV Infection. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (7), 2479-2489. 10.1007/s10461-013-0442-z

Contact details

Primary office location

89 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 534
Level G, Room G02
New Zealand