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Dr Roghieh Dehghan Zaklaki
Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry
UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities
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  • Research Fellow
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

My academic career has focused on the health of marginalised populations and has been pursued alongside my practice as a GP in London. My earliest work (2008-11) focused on palliative care services in Bangladesh, where I also volunteered as a doctor. 

Since 2012 my main research topic has been the mental health of tortured refugees. 

As part of an NIHR Fellowship in 2016, I conducted a study on the mental health impacts of sexual torture. The study aimed to explore the mental health impacts of sexual torture among Afghan, Iranian and Kurdish refugees in the UK. The aim was to improve the standard of care for this cohort. In this preliminary research, I focused on the role of culture and gender as factors that shape the mental health consequences of sexual torture and mediate the help-seeking behaviour of the survivors. I was also interested to find out whether sexual assault during torture had any distinctive psychological and social impacts. 

In 2022, I received a Wellcome Clinical Research Fellowship to explore the concept of moral injury and its association with mental health in torture survivors. 

01-SEP-2016 NIHR In-Practice Fellow Institute for Global Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Master of Arts School of Oriental and African Studies
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