Faculty & Staff
Silvia M. Bigatti, PhD
Dr. Bigatti is an Associate Professor in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She graduated from the Joint Program in Clinical Psychology between University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. Her degree is in Clinical Psychology with a Behavioral Medicine specialization. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University School of Medicine. Since obtaining her degree, Dr. Bigatti has been an academician and researcher, with over 40 peer-reviewed publications and well over 150 research presentations at local, national, and international scientific conferences. She has received both internal and external funding for her research endeavors, including NIH funding, and is especially proud of her repeated funding from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, a nonprofit organization aimed at reducing health disparities in the state. Her service to the profession includes serving as editorial board or ad hoc reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Bigatti studies how individuals behave in and cope with stressful situations, and how predisposing factors, individual resources and environmental factors among others affect the outcome of a chronically stressful situation. The stressors she studies are varied and include chronic illness, immigration and acculturation, and attending college, among others. In studies focused on investigating health disparities in Indianapolis communities, she uses a Community Based Participatory Research framework. She partners with various community organizations, including the Latino Health Organization to study adolescent mental health, Esperanza Ministries to study domestic violence and substance abuse, and La Plaza to identify community health needs. Her intervention research has focused on psychosocial interventions for fibromyalgia syndrome, advanced cancer, and adolescent resiliency training.
Dr. Bigatti has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of IU’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching and the Multicultural Teaching Pedagogy Group, both dedicated to quality teaching for all students. Her scholarship of teaching focuses on improving the learning experience for students through course engagement, inclusive teaching, or understanding and improving the experiences of international students. Dr. Bigatti coordinates the development of the B.S. in Community Health degree and is the Concentration Director for the MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences.