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Dr Ashra Khanom

Senior Research Fellow, Health Data Science

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+44 (0) 1792 606649

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Open plan office - 203
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 2
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Ashra Khanom is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Services Research at Swansea University, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She is also a researcher for PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers

Ashra’s main research interests lie in the area of prevention and early intervention addressing health inequities and unequal access to health care use using linked health data, novel patient and public involvement and engagement, and collaboration with the NHS, third sector organisations and international partners in Morocco and Tunisia. Ashra’s research with asylum seekers and refugees (HEAR study) forms part of the British Medical Association (BMA) Refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit2. She has been awarded the Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement and Engagement Award and Swansea University’s Research and Innovation Early Career Researcher Award.

Outside of work Ashra is a treasurer and trustee of Neath Port Talbot BME Association and works closely with MIND Neath Port Talbot on projects to improve the wellbeing of people living in her community. She contributed to the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Care Committee report  'Connecting the dots: tackling mental health inequalities in Wales' on 19 December 2022

Areas Of Expertise

  • Health services research
  • Pre-hospital care
  • Data linkage
  • Public engagement and involvement in research
  • Decision making and risk perception
  • Early years – childhood obesity
  • Mental health
  • Sanctuary seekers (asylum seekers and refugees)

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

PM-263 Health Services Research: The module encourages students to describe and articulate key concepts, theories, and terminology underpinning Health Services Research.

PM-344 Capstone Project: The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. The project may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature and focused on a topic relevant to the life sciences and will allow students to refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate-level.

PhD supervision

  • Maternity care experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in England and Wales (ESRC DTP Award)
  • The role of patient-clinician interactions and their organisational context in diagnostic overshadowing in Central Nervous System (CNS) mediated Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (SARDs) (self funded)
Research Award Highlights Collaborations