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Nishesh Chalise, MSW

Nishesh Chalise HRSA Stipend Scholars Program Evaluator

Contact information

chalise@augsburg.edu

Areas of Interest

Community food security, Environmental Justice, implementation and diffusion of EBPs in communities and organizations, community-based participatory research (using systems modeling), application of system dynamics modeling in social work and public health

Bio

Nishesh Chalise is an assistant professor in the department of social work at Augsburg College. His primary research interest is in looking at relationships between human and natural systems as they relate to issues such as food and energy security in marginalized communities. He believes that the community-based approaches of social work are a great asset in understanding and solving problems that are at the nexus of social and ecological systems. He uses participatory systems modeling techniques to engage communities and organizations in solving complex problems. In this regard he has worked in a variety of research projects including collective action in community gardens in St. Louis, sustainable use of forests by rural communities in India, implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health organizations in St. Louis, understanding social determinants of childhood obesity in the West End neighborhood in St. Louis, sustained use of improved cookstoves in rural communities in India, and understanding the role of social determinants in the connection between obesity and cancer in the St. Louis region.

Degree Information

Ph.D., Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St Louis
Master of Social Work, 2010, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Science, 2005, Environmental Sciences, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Academic Appointments

2015 - : Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Augsburg College
2014-2015: Instructor, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
2014-2015: Instructor, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Professional post–baccalaureate and post–master’s social work experience

August 2009 – May 2015: Research Assistant, Social System Design Lab, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
January 2009 - May 2009: Intern, Urban Strategies, St. Louis, MO
January 2007 - December 2007: Program Coordinator, Participatory Rural Development Society (PRDS), Nepal
August 2006 - May 2007: Faculty and Residential Supervisor, Malpi International School, Nepal

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

2015- Member, Cedar-Riverside Community Garden Coalition, Minneapolis, MN
2015: Judge: Graduate Student Showcase, Poster presentations
2014 - : Evaluation Consultant: Gateway Greening Incorporated, St Louis MO

Special awards, fellowships, grants, and other recognitions received during the last 3 years

2016-2018: Scholarship Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
2016: Community Engagement Fellow, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
2015: Brown School Dissertation Award
2010-2013: William E. Gordon Scholarship for Doctoral Education, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Chalise, N. (May 5th, 2016). Dynamics of Sustained Use and Abandonment of Clean Energy Systems. International Social Work Conference, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.

Chalise, N. (Jan 17th, 2016). Dynamic Perspective on Community Engagement in Low Income Urban Neighborhoods: A Case of Urban Community Gardens. 18th Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, Jan 13-17, Washington, DC.

Polk M., Chalise, N., Kumar, P.,& Yadama, G. (April 22nd, 2014). Dynamic of sustained use of clean energy systems in rural India. Poster Presentation at Research Without Walls, Washington University in St Louis.

Mary Jo Stahlschmidt, M. J, Kuhlberg, J., A, Chalise, N., Hovmand, P (2014). Childhood Obesity in a Low-Income, Urban Neighborhood: Social Determinants From a Systems Perspective. 18th Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, Jan 15-19, San Antonio, TX.

Chalise N., Sabounchi, N., Carson, K, Hovmand, P., Kraus, A., & Mueller, N. (October 15th, 2013). Examining the Relationship of Obesity and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A Population-based Simulation Model. Poster presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St Louis. October 15-16th, St Louis, MO.

Hovmand, P., Carson, K., Chalise N., Sabounchi, N., Kraus, A., Mueller, N. (2013). Understanding the Role of Social Determinants in the Link between Obesity and Cancer. 6th Annual Conference of Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St Louis. October 15-16th, St Louis, MO.

Kuhlberg, J., Chalise, N., Polke, M., Stahlschmidt, M. J., Bambry, X., Sabounchi, N., Kraus, A., Mueller, N., and Hovmand, P.(2013). Building a generic structure of social leraning to understand the social determinants of childhood obesity in west end, St. Louis. 6th Annual Conference of Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St Louis. October 15-16th, St Louis, MO.

Chalise N. (July 21st, 2013). Tale of two gardens. Social capital and community development in St Louis. Oral presentation at the PhD Colloquium, 31st International conference of the System Dynamics Society, MA.

Biroscak B.J., Khaliq M., Chalise N., Kuhlberg J.A. (2013). The representation of system dynamics modeling within health behavior research. Poster presented at the American Academy of Health Behavior Conference, March 17-20th, 2013. Santa Fe, NM

Bender, A. & Chalise, N. (2013). Differentiating perceptions of intimate partner violence. 17th Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, Jan 16-20, San Diego, CA.

Chalise, N. (Nov 7th, 2012). Sustaining Stove technologies to advance respiratory health. Oral presentation at the MAGEEP/ICARES meeting. Washington University in St Louis.

Yadama, G. & Chalise, N (May, 2012). An endogenous perspective of vulnerability in drylands of India. Paper presented at the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) conference. May 17th -20th, New York.

Bender, A. & Chalise, N. (March 23, 2012). Women empowerment and domestic violence: A case from Nepal. Symposium on Women’s Issues organized by the International Student Association and Violence Against Women. Washington University in St Louis.

Chalise, N. (February 18th, 2012). Diffusion of improved cookstoves: A look into social network and bargaining power of women. Poster presentation at the Graduate Research Symposium, February 18th, 2012, Washington University in St Louis.

Selected Publications

Kumar, P., Chalise, N., Yadama, G. N. (2016). Dynamics of sustained use and abandonment of clean cooking systems: Study protocol for community-based system dynamics modeling. International Journal for Equity in Health.

Okumu, M., Kato, H., & Chalise, N. (2016). A system dynamics approach to process evaluation of Pen-Based digital media making projects. In T. Hammond, S. Valentine & A. Adler (Eds.), Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink: Springer.

Hipp, A, & Chalise, N. (2015). Spatial Analysis and Correlates of County-level Diabetes Prevalence. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12, E08.

Bender, A. & Chalise, N. (2015). Differentiating Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal. International Social Work. doi: 10.1177/0020872815603787

Hovmand, P.S. and Chalise, N. (2015). Structural equation modeling. In Rahmandad, H., Reglio, O., & Osgood, N. (Eds) Handbook of Analytic Methods for System Dynamics. MIT Press.

Yadama, G., Schechtman, K. B., Biswas, P., Castro, M., and Chalise, N. (2013). Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health: A Transdisciplinary Vision. In Eds. Debra Haire-Joshu and Timothy D. McBride. Transdisciplinary Public Health: Research, Methods, and Practice. John Wiley and Sons. New York.