I trained as a scientist and obtained my Ph.D. and M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, University of London before moving into health care research. I have an M.Phil. in Epidemiology from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. As a ‘Reader in Applied Health Research’ University of Hertfordshire, I specialise in Evidence Based Practice, Epidemiology, Quantitative and Qualitative designs, Mixed Methods, Clinical Trials and evaluation of complex interventions across various public health areas. These include mental health, older people’s health including osteoporosis, dementia and nutritional interventions, childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy, physical activity, depression in South Asians. I am currently leading a major randomised controlled trial of energetic activity for depression in young people (READY Trial) funded by the NIHR, Health Technology Assessment. With an interest in Health Inequalities, I collaborate with the Applied Research Collaboration East of England, (Prevention and Early Detection Theme) and Public Health England East of England in evaluating interventions for cancer screening in ethnically diverse communities. I am the Co-Chair of the Hertfordshire Public Health Connect Strategy Group and lead a working group on Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and uptake in minority ethnic populations.
I am an Editor of the Cochrane Library (Cochrane Injuries Group) and an Associate Editor of the Primary Health Care Research and Development. I collaborate with the Cochrane Nursing Care Research Network’s evidence transfer programme (Australia) to produce Cochrane evidence summaries in Primary Health Care Research and Development journal. I have been a member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Regional Advisory Committee (East of England). I am a peer reviewer for the Cochrane library, NIHR funding bodies, and specialist journals. In recent years, I have developed an interest in outreach health care work in rural South India, with a vision of providing opportunities for elective experience to medical students. I am a volunteer on the Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital, Andhra Pradesh, South India which provides an integrated model of health care to the underprivileged free of cost, and high quality academic and practical training. It is a unique example of a very successful model of delivery of high-quality hospital-based health care to a rural population.
I am available to be of assistance to Hughes Hall development in this area of work, particularly the Bridge Initiative and Global Health. My profile and publications can be accessed on
Information about my recently published book on surviving cancer written for charity is on www.survivingcancer.co.uk