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Dr. Hena Wadhwa

Hena Wadhwa

New Jersey

Project Manager, Department of Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital

Biography

Dr. Hena K. Wadhwa is the Project Manager in the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a women's activist and former educator who earned her doctorate at Florida State University. Her research interests stem across women's health, motherhood, mental health, and maternal and child health. She graduated from Fordham University with a double major in Philosophy and Women's Studies and a minor in Sociology. In an effort to address the taboos of disabilities in both American and South Asian cultures, she decided to pursue her Masters degree in Curriculum & Teaching Inclusive Education: General and Special Education at Columbia University- Teachers College. Hena then pursued her career as a Special Education Teacher and taught in New Jersey, New York, and Chicago. Known as the "intervention queen", she taught in neighborhoods that were under-served and lacked appropriate resources for students with disabilities. Hena's mission as an educator was to break the barriers and create a safe and necessary dialogue around disabilities in both American and South Asian cultures. Collaborating with a fellow colleague, Hena presented a workshop for educators across the United States at Columbia University that assisted teachers to create a wide range of interventions for students with Autism, in particular low and high forms of assistive technologies. Her constant mission was to teach parents how to create at home interventions in an effort to support their children's academic journeys.


After serving a few years in education, Hena discovered that across educational realms there was a particular emphasis on mothers, their roles, and expectations. This peaked her interest and returned to graduate school to pursue her PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Demography at Florida State University. Throughout her doctoral career, Hena collaborated with various organizations and created programs for mothers and their children. In particular, two programs that she created in New York City served South Asian immigrant women and their children that are survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. In addition, Hena created a workshop series for mothers and their mental well-being at the YMCA in Basking Ridge, NJ. Utilizing her research and expanded knowledge, she took the initiative to create and implement programs that bring forth women's voices, support their well-being, and create a safe space for growth and rebuilding from trauma and abuse.

Hena is determined to utilize her research and leadership to bring forward the voices and experiences of all women and in particular, highlight the experiences of South Asian American women like herself. She is excited to pursue a career that embodies research, advocacy, and leadership. Hena is the first woman in her family to pursue and accomplish a PhD and is dedicated to her mission of women's rights and equality.