Background: I started my academic life at Swansea where I got my first degree in Psychology. I went on to do my MSc in Applied Psychology and my PhD is in Human Geography. I have held various research and teaching positions including Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies. As well as core Psychology modules I teach across areas of ethnicity, identity, gender, migration, ageing and Islam. 

Research interests: mental health, ageing, ethnicity, religion, gender and place. 

I have worked in London and Wales, and recently I delivered a brief intervention to patients who present with self harm and suicidal ideation at mental health services across Carmarthenshire. Findings from the project entitled SWISH (Social support and Wellbeing Intervention following Self Harm) can be found following my research details.

I am Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences and this means my teaching covers a broad range of areas. I lead the ‘Equality, Diversity and Citizenship’ module and teach across other modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Areas of Expertise

  • ageing
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • mental health
  • identity
  • Muslims in the UK
  • place

Publications

  1. & Investigating the feasibility of an enhanced contact intervention in self-harm and suicidal behaviour: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial delivering a Social support and Wellbeing Intervention following Self Harm (SWISH). BMJ Open 6(9), e012043
  2. Family, Citizenship and Islam: The changing experiences of migrant women ageing in London. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  3. Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End: a political history. Ethnic and Racial Studies 39(13), 2416-2418.
  4. & Prevalence of smoking restrictions and child exposure to secondhand smoke in cars and homes: a repeated cross-sectional survey of children aged 10-11 years in Wales. BMJ Open 5(1), e006914-e006914.
  5. & Electronic-cigarette use among young people in Wales: evidence from two cross-sectional surveys. BMJ Open 5(4), e007072-e007072.

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Key Grants and Projects

  • NISCHR Social Care Research Award 2013

    Principal Investigator (2013-2016), £258.547

  • NISCHR Social Care Fellowship Award 2014

    Principal Investigator (2015-2019) - Experiences and understandings of dementia among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups in Wales: community, individual and inter-generational perspectives, £239,239