Assoc. Prof. Chai Podhisita

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Assoc. Prof. Chai Podhisita

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Biography

NAME: Chai Podhisita

 

POSITION AND AFFILIATION

Associate Professor

Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University

Salaya, Putthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND

Tel. 0 2441-0201 ext. 260

Fax 0 2441-9333         E-mail: cpodhisita@gmail.com

           

EDUCATION:

Ph.D.  (Anthropology), University of Hawaii, U.S.A., 1985.

Dissertation: Peasant Household Strategies: A Study of Production and Reproduction in a Northeastern Thai Village.

M.A.   (Anthropology), University of Hawaii, U.S.A., 1982

M.Sc.  (Anthropology), Delhi University, India, 1976

B.A.    (Education), Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University,

Bangkok, Thailand, 1969

HONORS AND AWARDS

2015:         “For the People’s Health Award,” Ministry of Health Viet Nam

  • : Citation Award, The Thailand Research Fund (TRF)

2001-present: Associate Member (Sociology and Anthropology), The Royal Institute

2001:        Visiting Fellowship, Population and Health Studies, the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (May – September). To (i) conduct a workshop on Researching Sensitive Issues in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and (ii) writing up research papers

1997:         Distinguished Faculty Award, the Council of the Faculties, Mahidol University

1995:         Visiting Fellowship, Program on Population, the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii     (August-October). To write up a research report on The Family and Youth in Contemporary Thailand

1979-1985: East-West Center Grant for a doctoral study in anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

1974-1976: The Asia Foundation Grant (through Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University) for graduate study in anthropology at Delhi University, India

 

RESEARCH (SINCE 1990)

 

Involved as principal investigator or co-investigator of many research projects including:

  1. 2003-present: Principal Investigator, Research on Living Arrangement of Youth, Analysis of the Thai Census data, 1970-2000.
  2. 1999 – 2001: Principal Investigator for the Thai component of the project on Asian Youth and Reproductive Risk (AYARR). This is a collaborative project focussing on analysis of existing data and involving investigators / collaborators from six Asian countries (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal). The project is funded by the grant from USAID through the Population and Health Studies, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. (on-going)
  3. 1998-2000: Principal Investigator, Civic Responsibility for the Public Goods: A case Study of Bangkok Metropolis, Funded by the National Research Commission of Thailand.
  4. 1993-1995: Principal Investigator, The Family and Youth Survey (FAYS), funded by UNFPA
  5. 1990-1994: Thai Principal Investigator, Behavioral Research for AIDS Prevention in Thailand (BRAIDS), in collaboration with the Center for Population and Family Health, School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA, funded by AIDSTECH and NIH.
  6. 1990-1992: Co-investigator, Child Care, Women’s Status and Fertility in Urban Thailand, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation Program on Women’s Status and Fertility
  7. 1989-1990: Associate Researcher, Thai Family and Household Survey, in collaboration with the Institute of Population Study, Chulalongkorn University, funded by the University Research Center, Nihon University, Japan.

TEACHING

 

Graduate courses taught in the past:

  • Social Research Methodology
  • Substantive Demography
  • Theories and Perspectives in Anthropology

Currently teaching:

  • Family Demography
  • Qualitative Research Methods

 

Supervised over 20 Master’s and doctoral theses. Also conducted and taught in numerous short courses and training workshops in the areas of research methodology, youth risk behavior, population and reproductive health, and qualitative research methods.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • 2001-present: Associate Fellow, The Royal Institute
  • 2009- 2014: Member, Evaluation Committee, The Thai Health Promotion Foundation
  • 2004-present:  Core Team Member, Thai Health, an annual publication of the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University focusing on broad health issues (responsible for writing of feature article)
  • 2004-present: Member, Coordinating Network, The Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. Program (RGJ Ph.D. Program), The Thailand Research Fund (TRF)
  • 2010-2014: Member, Research Project Review Panel (RP2), Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), WHO Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
  • 2010-2013: Editor, Journal of Population and Social Studies (JPSS)
  • 2006-2010: Advisory Committee, Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Program
  • 2004-Present – Served as member of editorial staff of Thai Health, the annual publication of the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, responsible for writing the feature article
  • 2004-2010: Chairman, Selection Committee, Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Program (Thailand)
  • 1998-2009: Member, Scientific and Ethical Review Group (SERG), WHO Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
  • 1998-2000: Founding Director, Ford Foundation’s Asia Fellows Program (AFP) Focusing on Asian studies in Asia, the Program provided scholarships to outstanding young and mid-career professionals from Southeast and South Asian countries to conduct research in other Asian countries. Later the program evolved into the International Fellowship Program (IFP)
  • 1991-1996: Member, of Steering Committee, Task Force for Social Science Research on Human reproduction, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), World Health Organization. Responsible for reviewing research proposals submitted to WHO/HRP for funding, evaluation of research reports, and providing technical assistance to projects related to the work of the Social Science Unit
  • 2002-2008: Director, International Ph.D. Program in Demography, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
  • 1996-2001: Director, International MA Program in Population and Reproductive Health, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University 1996-2001
  • 1989-1992: Deputy Director, Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University

 

SHORT TERM PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

Served as member of WHO/HRP Review Panel since 1991. Also served as WHO’s Temporary Advisor/Consultant to research projects in neighboring countries in several occasions. Some of these tasks I have actively involved since 1990 include:

 

  1. 1998-present: Member, Scientific and Ethical Review Board, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), World Health Organization. Reviewing research projects submitted for funding support from HRP.
  2. 1998-February 2001: Advisor, providing technical assistance to the exploratory study of the project on Behavioral Surveillance Survey planned to be taken at selected borders areas of countries in the mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). The study is executed by the Office of the Population Technical Assistance Team (OPTA), with initial support from the Family Health International (FHI).
  3. 1998 (November 14-25): Co-organizer, the workshop of reproductive health program managers on “Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents and Youth in the Asian Region” under collaborative support of UNFPA’s South-South Cooperation Project and the Thai Government. Responsible for designing the workshop curriculum and administering the workshop activities.
  4. 1998 (March 8-14): WHO/HRP Temporary Advisor, providing technical assistance to principal investigator of the project no.97158 “Risk perception on STD/HIV infection and unwanted pregnancy, level of awareness on STD/HIV, sexual behavior, and contraceptive practice: a study of overseas contract workers’ wives in the cities of Calaon and Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, Philippines.
  5. 1997 (July 28-August 8): Organizer, the Workshop of Reproductive Health Programme Managers on Training Needs and Curriculum Development under collaborative support of UNFPA’s South-South Cooperation Project and the Thai Government. Responsible for designing the workshop curriculum and administering the workshop activities.
  6. 1997 (May-November): Consultant, the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), responsible for conducting a small scale survey on “Development of a Culturally Appropriate Community-Based Reproductive Health Strategy in Selected Local Areas of Laos PDR.” Report was presented in the JOICFP workshop on “Ensuring Quality of Care Through Reproductive Health Strategy,” held in the Philippines, November 5-13 1997.
  7. 1997 (May 25-27): WHO/HRP Temporary Advisor, providing technical assistance to investigators of the research project: “A prospective study of the safety, efficacy and acceptability of injectable contraceptive preparations in Myanmar women,” Yangon, Myanmar.
  8. 1997: Consultant, The Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT), responsible for (1) conducting a baseline survey and evaluation of the project on “University Students’ Network for HIV/AIDS Prevention” under UNFPA support, and (2) conducting evaluation of the project on “HIV/AIDS Prevention for Industrial Workers in Work Place” under the support from DIAKONIA (a Swedish-based organization).
  9. 1997: Member, Strategic Review Committee, Strategic Programme Component on Context, Needs and Perspectives, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), World Health Organization.
  10. 1996 (May-June): Co-coordinator, organizing and conducting a workshop on “Design and Measurement in Youth Sexuality Research,” in the 27th Summer Seminar, Program on Population, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  11. 1996 (May): WHO/HRP Temporary Advisor, providing technical assistance to principal investigators of six research projects under the support from WHO/HRP, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Yangon, Myanmar.
  12. 1995 (February): Temporary Advisor, WHO Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), attending the dissemination workshop on the “Vietnam Assessment of the Need for Contraceptive Introduction,” meeting with Vietnamese researchers to discuss Stage II research activities, and discussing results of the “Acceptability study of Cyclofem and DMPA,” Ministry of Health and the Institute for Protection of Mother and Newborn, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  13. 1995 (July – October): Visiting Research Fellow, Program on Population, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, to write up the research report and analysis of the data from “The Family and Youth Survey,” a component of the UNFPA-supported project on “The Family in contemporary Thailand”.
  14. 1994 (June): WHO/HRP Temporary Advisor, providing technical assistance to principal investigators of four research projects on reproductive health funded by WHO/HRP, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Yangon, Myanmar.
  15. 1994 (September): UNFPA Temporary Advisor, providing technical training to participants in the National Workshop on Population and Development Planning (Lao/93/P04), Vientiane, Lao PDR.
  16. 1994 (April): UNFPA Temporary Advisor, providing technical training for the project personnel of the research project, Lao Survey of Birth Spacing (Loa/93/P02), Vientiane, Lao PDR.
  17. 1991-1996: Member of Steering Committee, Task Force for Social Science Research on Human reproduction, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), World Health Organization. Responsible for reviewing research proposals submitted to WHO/HRP for funding, evaluation of research reports, and providing technical assistance to projects related to the work of the Social Science Unit as needed.
  18. 1991 – present: Member of Sub-committee on Education, Occupation and Culture, The National Committee for Promotion and Coordination of Women’s Affair.
  19. 1990 (March): WHO/HRP Temporary Advisor, providing technical assistance in preparing a research protocol for the study on the Effectiveness and Acceptability of Cyclofem and DMPA (VIE/88/P04), Institute for Protection of Mother and Newborn, Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

Journal Articles

 

Podhisita, C. and Xenos, P. 2015. Living Alone in South and Southeast Asia: An Analysis of Census Data. Accepted for publication in Demographic Research (forth coming).

Hu, Jian and Podhisita, Chai. 2008. Differential Utilization of Health Care Services among Ethnic Group on the Thailand-Myanmar Border: A Cases Study of Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 17(1): 115-134).

Thanyansil, Sawitri and Podhisita Chai. 2008. Influence of Connectedness to Parents and Peers on Drug Use among Male Youth. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 16(2): 121-142.

Xenos, P., Achmad,S., Lin, H.S., Luis, P.K., Podhisita, C. Raymundo, C. and Thapa, S. 2006. Delayed Asian Transition to Adulthood: Evidence from National Youth Surveys. Asian Population Studies, 2(2):149-186.

Saifi, R. A., Podhisita, C., Guest, P., and Bryant, J. 2006. The Effect of Migration on Health. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 15 (1): 81-108.

Podhisita, C. Xenos, P. and Varangrat, A. 2004. The risk of Premarital Sex among Thai Youth: Individual and Family Influence. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 12(2):1-31.

Choe, M. K., Thapa, S., Podhisita, C., Raymundo, C. M., Lin, H-S, and Achmad, S. 2004. The Teen Tobacco Epidemic in Asia: Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. Jounal of Youth Studies, 7(1) : 73-87.

Choe, M. K., Hatmadji, S. H., Podhisita, C., Raymundo, C. M., and Thapa, S. 2004. Substance Use and Premarital Sex among Adolescents in Indomnesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. Asia-Pacific Population Journal, 19(1): 5-26.

Juntarodjana, J. and Podhisita, C. 2003. Transition from School to work: Experience of Thai and Hong Kong Youth. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 11(2): 71-94.

Podhisita, C. 1997. Gender Decision Making in Family Formation and Planning: Achievements and Future Directions. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 6(1-2):1-27.

Morris, M., Podhisita, C., Wawer, Maria J. and  Handcock, Mark S.. 1996. “Bridge Populations in the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Thailand.” AIDS 10:1265-1271.

Wawer, Maria J., Podhisita, Chai, Kanungsukkasem, Uraiwan, Pramualratana, Anthony and McNamara, Regina. 1996. Origins and Working Conditions of Female Sex Workers in Urban Thailand: Consequences of Social Context for HIV Transmission,” Social science and Medicine 42(3): 453-462.

Podhisita, C., Wawer, MJ., Pramualratana, A., Kanungsukkasem, U. and McNamara, R. 1996. “Multiple Sexual partners and condom use among long-distance truck drivers in Thailand”. AIDS Education and Prevention, Dec, 8 (6)  :490-8.

Morris, M., Pramualratana, A., Podhisita, C. and Wawer, MJ. 1995. “The Relational Determinants of Condom Use in Thailand”. AIDS, 9:507-515.

Podhisita, C., Pramualratana, A., Kanungsukkasem, U., Wawer, MJ. and McNamara, R. 1994. “Sociocultural Context of Commercial sex Workers in Thailand: An Analysis of Their Family, Employer and Client Relations”. Journal of Heath Transition Review, Supplement to Vol. 4 1994.

Richter, Kerry, Podhisita, Chai, Chamratrithirong, Aphichat and Soonthorndhada, Kusol. 1994. The Impact of Child Care on Fertility on Urban Thailand. Demography, 31(4): 651-662.

Kunstadter, P., Kunstadter, SL., Podhisita, C., and Leepreecha, P. 1993. “Demographic Variables in Foetal and Child Mortality: Hmong in Thailand.” Social Sciences and Medicine. 36(9):1109-1120.

Kunstadter, Peter, Kunstadter, Sally Lennington, Leepreecha, Prasit and Podhisita, Chai, et al. 1992. Causes and Consequences of Increase in Child Survival Rates: Ethnoepidemiology among the Hmong in Thailand. Human Biology, 64(6): 821.

Richter, K. and Podhisita, C. 1992. “Thai Family Demography: A review and Research Prospect”. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 3(1-2):1-19.

Richter, K., Podhisita, C., Chamratrithirong, A., and Soonthorndhada, K. 1991. “A Model of Child Care Decision Making In Urban Thailand”. In Proceeding of the Thai National Symposium on Population Studies. Bangkok: Thai Population Association.

Podhisita, C., Havanon, N., Knodel, J. and Sittitrai, W. 1990. Women’s Work and Family Size in Rural Thailand. Asia-Pacific Population Juornal, 5(2):31-52.

Chamratrithirong, A., Bennett, A., Prasartkul, P., and Podhisita, C. 1989. Family Planning Program Effort and the Initiation of Contraceptive Use: A Multilevel Analysis. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 2(1): 1-20.

Podhisita, C. and Soonthorndhada, K. 1989.  “A Survey and Cost-benefit Analysis of family Planning and Welfare Services for Female Workers in Manufacturing Industry.” Journal of Population and Social Studies, 1(2), (in Thai)

Podhisita, C., Kunstadter, P. and Kunstadter, S. L. 1989. Evidence for Early Fertility Transition among the Hmong in Northern Thailand. Journal of Population and Social Studies, 2 (2): 137 – 156.

Kanungsukkasem, K., Podhisita, C. and Soonthorndhada, K. 1988. “A Socio-eoonomic and Cultural Study of the Communities for Integration of the Control of Contageous Diseases and Primary Health Care with the Community Primary Health Care Activities.” The Thai Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 18(1):105-112 (Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1986. “Risk, Uncertainty and Agricultural Behavior: A Consideration on Peasants’ Acceptance of Innovations.” Journal of Political Economy, 5(3-4): 188-200 (in Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1984. “Marriage in Rural Northeast Thailand: A Household Perspective.” In A. Chamratrithirong (ed.) Perspective on the Thai Marriage. Bangkok: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University.

Podhisita, C. and Charoenchai, A. 1978. “Patients’ View of the Hospital.” Journal of Medical Sociology. 1(4):18-3 (in Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1977. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu: A Religious Genius. Buddhacakra, 31(6):5-18, (Thai).

 

 

Books / Book Chapters

 

Podhisita, C. 2013. The Science and Arts of Qualitative Research (Sixth Edition). Bangkok: Amarin Printing and Publishing Co. (in Thai)

 

Podhisita. Chai. 2009. Parenting Process and Peer Influence in the Context of Sexual Risk Behavior among Young Adults. In A. Chamratrithirong and D. Phuengsamran (Eds.), The Era of ARV in the Generalized HIV Epidemic in Thailand: Research Approach (p. 121-156). Nakhon Pathom, Thailand: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University.

Podhisita. Chai, and Xenos, Peter. 2009. Sexual Risk Behavior of Young Adults in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. In A. Chamratrithirong and D. Phuengsamran (Eds.), The Era of ARV in the Generalized HIV Epidemic in Thailand: Research Approach (p.43-68). Nakhon Pathom, Thailand: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University.

Enwistle, B., Edmeades, J., Malanson, G., Podhisita, C., Prasartkul, P., Rindfuss, R.R. and Walsh, S. 2008. Village Settlement, Deforestation and the Expansion of Agriculture in Frontier Region: Nang Rong, Thailand. In A. Millington and W. Jepson (Eds.), Land-Change Science in the Tropics (pp. 165-180), New York: Springer.

Morris, M., Wawer, M.J., Podhisita, C., and Sewankambo, N. 2004. The Thailand and Uganda Sexual Network Studies. In M. Morris (Ed.), Network Epidemiology: A Handbook Survey Design and Data Collection, (pp. 42-57). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Podhisita, C. and Pattaravanich, U. 1995. Youth In Contemporary Thailand: Results from the Family and Youth Survey. Nakhon Pathom: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, IPSR Publication no. 197.

Podhisita, C. 1994. Coresidence and the Transition to Adulthood in the Rural Thai Family. In Cho, Lee-Jay and Yada, Moto (eds.), Tradition and Change in the Asian Family (pp. 363-381). Honolulu : East-West Center.

Podhisita, C. 1993. Assumptions and Issues Surrounding Qualitative Research. In Bencha Yoddumnern-Attig et al. (eds.), Qualitative Methods for Population and Health Research. Nakhon Pathom :  Institute for Social Research, Mahidol University.

Yoddumnern-Attig, Bencha, Podhisita, Chai, and Vong-ek, Panee. 1993. Social Networks and Contraceptive Use Patterns over the Female Life Course. In Bencha Yoddumnern-Attig et al. (eds.), Qualitative Methods for Population and Health Research. Nakhon Pathom:  Institute for Social Research, Mahidol University. (in Thai)

Pramualratana, A., Podhisita, C., Kanungsukkasem, U., Wawer, M. and McNamara, R. 1993. The Social Context of Condom Use in Low-priced Brothels in Thailand : A Qualitative Analysis. In Bencha Yoddumnern-Attig et al. (eds.), Qualitative Methods for Population and Health Research. Nakhon Pathom :  Institute for Social Research, Mahidol University.

Podhisita, C. 1985. Buddhism and Thai World View. In Phongsapij, Amara. (ed.), Traditional and Changing Thai World View. Bangkok : Chulalongkorn University, Social research Institute and Southeast Asian Studies Program, pp.25-53. (in Thai)

Podhisita, C. 1980. “Magic and Healing.” Journal of Medical Sociology 1(1): 30-46 (Also in B. Yoddumnern et al (eds.), Theories and Studies in Medical Sociology and Anthropology. Bangkok: Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, 1980, (in Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1979. A Sangha University in Thai Society : A Study of the Role of Mahachula Buddhist University. Bangkok: Mahachula Buddhist University (Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1979. The Sarvodaya Movement: An Example of Application of the Buddhist Ideology in Rural Development. In Mahachula Buddhist University, Sangha and Village Development. Bangkok: Charoenvid Publishing Co., pp. 141-196. (Thai).

Podhisita, C. 1973. What Should Be the Role of the Sangha in Education?. In Tapingkae, A., and Setti L.J. (eds.), Education in Thailand: Some Thai Perspectives. Washington, D.C.  U.S. : Office of Education, Institute of International Studies.