Rajesh has Ph.D. in Health Psychology and has also received Public Health training under M.Phil (MPH) course at Institute of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Cambridge, U.K., supported by PHFI-UKC Wellcome Trust Capacity Building Programme. Rajesh has also undergone a Short Intensive Fellowship Program on HIV-Public Health and Program Delivery at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney under Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF). He has earned Masters in Clinical & Abnormal Psychology and postgraduate qualifications in Health & Family Welfare, Human Resource Management, Labour Laws and Personnel Management.
Rajesh has more than nineteen years of work experience in program management, monitoring & evaluation, social & behavioural research, developing and implementation of focused interventions among Most at Risk Groups (MARGs) under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP). He has worked as National Consultant (NGOs and TIs), supported by UNDP at National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and at State AIDS Control Societies (SACSs) in various capacities (years 2001-2008) under NACP-II & III. He has extensively worked among Most at Risk Groups including street children, out of school youth, school going children on Life Skills Education Program. At Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University, Washington DC’s – India country office, he provided program management support for implementation and scale up of Fertility Awareness-based Methods (FAM) under RCH programme supported by USAID in the priority states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. He has worked at Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG) as Assistant Professor from November 2010 to December 2012 and was State Lead for STEPS project (Strengthening of Tobacco Control Efforts through Innovative Partnerships and Strategies), Gujarat. Currently he is working as Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Public Health Delhi (IIPHD). Rajesh has over two dozen publications in the area of Public Health and Health Psychology in peer reviewed, indexed national and international journals.