Monnaphat joined the Epidemiology Department, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in 2019. Her research interests are primarily on Thailand and Southeast Asian region and include topics such as infectious disease interventions, health policy and systems research, and policy issues at different levels, from health-seeking behaviors and intervention implementation to policy making and governance at the national and regional level. Her current projects focus on malaria risks and provision of health services among forest goers in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. In this ongoing research, in-depth interviews with population-at-risk and stakeholders in the health systems are carried out to identify and understand how to reduce the malaria risks in the forest and to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention that may lead to the disease prevention and better access to care among forest goers.
Monnaphat is a social scientist with a background in political science and public policy, holding a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and a BA in Political Science from Thammasat University, Thailand.