Swarnima Chaudhary, MPH, is a behavioral assessment consultant with the University of Iowa Threat Assessment and Care program. In this role, she is responsible for implementing robust support through compassionate-solution-based strategies for individuals experiencing distress or grievances through outreach, intervention, and de-escalation to mitigate the risk of planned physical harm to others or self. The primary objective is to provide an individual with assistance while working to ensure effective safety outcomes for the campus community.
Swarnima is a University of Iowa alumna and attended the University of Colorado School of Public Health to complete her master's in public health systems, management, and policy with a focus on population behavioral health and technology. She is a first-time council member and is thrilled to be part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, the Healthcare and Behavioral Health committee, and the By-laws committee.
Outside of the UI Staff council, Swarnima is a board member of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, founded nearly 100 years ago (1923) as the American Orthopsychiatric Association. The non-profit organization promotes leadership in stimulating innovative approaches across disciplines to society’s most enduring problems. Swarnima is excited to bring her background and experience to support the success of the University of Iowa.
Swarnima's other long-time interests include openly speaking about her experiences as an LGBTQA+ person of color. Swarnima enjoys taking her Chiweenie for walks in nature with her wife, learning different dance styles, yoga, traveling, and hearing other people's stories to help her stay grounded.