PhD, Stanford University, 1995
MA, Southern Illinois University, 1991
BE, Bhopal University, 1988
Dr. Rimal’s area of expertise is in social and behavior change interventions, focusing on gender and social norms-based approaches to improving the health of women, girls, and vulnerable members of society. His work on social norms has led to innovative interventions for behavior change in the areas of alcohol consumption among college students, violence against women, family planning and use of modern contraception methods, AIDS prevention, road safety behaviors, and adolescent health. His health communication expertise has been used to evaluate work in climate communication, focusing on those who are skeptical about climate change. He is currently running a large randomized trial to reduce anemia among women of reproductive age in India. In Nepal, he is running an intervention to improve immunization rates among infants.
Honors and Awards
Everett M. Rogers Award in Public Health Promotion and Health Communication, American Public Health Association
Outstanding Teacher, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Combined ICA & NCA Distinguished Article Award, International Communication Association & National Communication Association
Advisor to the Master's Thesis of the Year (Sarah Gibson, Advisee), Joint International & National Communication Association
Past Chair, Health Communication Division, International Communication Association
Past Chair, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association
Top-Four Paper Awards, Health Communication Division, International Communication Association annual conferences in 2010, 2009 (two papers), 2008, 2004, 2003 (two papers), 2002, 2001, 2000, 1994.
Top-Four Paper Awards, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association annual conferences in 2004, 2002.
Nathan Maccobby Award for Excellence in Communication Research, Stanford University, 1995