Prajakta Adsul, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Prajakta Adsul
Cancer Prevention Fellow

Dr. Prajakta Adsul is a Cancer Prevention Fellow with the Implementation Science team in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. Under the mentorship of David Chambers, Prajakta is currently working on a project with the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership to assess whether implementation strategies used at a national level can be effective and sustainable in improving the uptake of evidence based practices such as Human Papillomavirus vaccination and colorectal cancer screening rates in the target population among health care systems and providers. She is also collaborating with the Center for Global Health in expanding her research interests in implementation research and dissemination of evidence based interventions to improve health outcomes, with a focus on cancer screening at a global scale.

She received her medical training in India and continued to understand public health practice through her work with the World Health Organization which inspired her to get a Master's in Public Health at Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice. Here she stayed on to finish her doctoral degree in Public Health Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Ricardo Wray, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Her dissertation was based on understanding shared decision making and the role of decision aids in facilitation communication between prostate cancer patients and their physicians, when making treatment decisions.

In 2015, Dr. Adsul was competitively selected as a Global Health Equity Scholar by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Under the mentorship of Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, Associate Professor at Florida International University she was based in Mysore, India at the Public Health Research Institute of India. Her work here was focused on women at risk for cervical cancer from tribal and underserved communities and used a community based participatory approach to yield findings that could be used to develop, implement, and disseminate effective interventions across these communities.

Select Publications


  • Implementation research in the context of clinical medicine and health care delivery
  • Global health and cancer screening implementation
  • Methods in implementation research; Mixed methods research
  • Medical decision making and adoption of evidence based practices