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Dr Harpreet Sihre
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  • Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Applied Health Research
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I am currently an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Applied Health Research at UCL.

I have a PhD in Perinatal Mental Health from the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham. I researched the lived experiences of South Asian women with severe postnatal psychiatric illnesses using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.  

Before joining UCL, I was a post-doc researcher at the Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry on an NIHR-funded study researching accessibility and acceptability of Perinatal Mental Health Services. 

Research Summary

My research interests encompass mental health, perinatal mental health, access to services and equality, diversity and inclusion, using qualitative research methods. 

I have previously worked on a Cross-Research Council programme led by AHRC, that embraced art and culture in unlocking accurate representations of people, and in doing so, better healthcare provision for all. 

I have worked on an NIHR-funded study exploring the accessibility and acceptability of perinatal mental health services for women from ethnic minority groups (PAAM study). This study explored the attitudes, expectations and experiences of women from ethnic minorities who experienced perinatal mental health problems, of their partners and family members/carers and of health professionals. 

More recently, I have been involved in the Mental Health Research for All (MH-ALL) project, led by the NIHR ARC North Thames, aiming to tackle barriers to mental health and care research participation for underserved staff and communities in parts of East London and Essex. Moreover, I have designed and delivered training programmes to build capacity for applied health researchers, such as Evidence in Practice. 

Teaching Summary

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames Academy (based at UCL) builds capacity and capability across the whole ARC community to speed up translation of applied health research into practice. We offer the following short training courses for health and care professionals, service commissioners, and local authority staff: 

1.Introduction to Evaluation 

2.Introduction to Economic Evaluation

3.Becoming Research Active

4.Evidence in Practice 

In addition to delivering short courses, I also teach on the MSc Population Health, BSc Population Health, IBSc Primary Care Research and the Introduction to Qualitative Methods courses offered by UCL Primary Care and Population Health Department. 

I co-chair the ARC ECR Network, which was established to provide a supportive and inclusive space for researchers, students, health and care professionals and those working in applied health research. Our committee is made up of ARC alumni, PhD students, health and care professionals and researchers in the North Thames collaboration. I also provide mentoring and support for PhD candidates and clinical academic fellows across our ARC network. 

I also act as personal tutor personal tutor for BSc and MSc students. I am a supervisory panel member for the following MSc/PhD candidates: 


Chloe Holt-Reiss. Topic: How does culture impact the experience of women with postpartum depression? A Systematic Review 

Julia Poduska. Topic: Are mental health professionals in the UK trained to care for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic patients in a culturally competent manner? A Scoping Review


Carlos Osorio Novais. Funder: NIHR. Topic: The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Call-Handlers and Dispatchers (CHDs) Working in the United Kingdom (UK)

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