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Amirah Akhtar

Research Associate

Faculty/Dept/School The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Emaila.akhtar46@bradford.ac.uk

Biography

Research

I am currently an NIHR ARC (Y&H) funded postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies (CfADS). My research is centered around dementia prevention in minority ethnic groups, with a focus on modifiable risk factors. 

Previous experience

Amirah has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bradford. I have previously worked on the NIDUS study, delivering a manualised intervention to people living with dementia and family carers. 

Prior to this I worked at the Bradford Institute of Health Research (BIHR), supporting the delivery of a variety of research projects across the Born in Bradford (BiB) and Born in Bradford Better Start (BiBBS) cohort, conducting research with diverse populations. I have previous experience working on randomised controlled trials, working alongside service providers and service users, contributing towards evidence based practice. I have worked in Patient and Public Involvement at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT). This involved engaging with diverse groups, including individuals with Dementia to hear their voices and experiences, in order to implement and promote Dementia friendly spaces within BTHFT.

PhD

I am currently a PhD student in the Psychology department at the University of Bradford. My PhD explores cultural understandings and experiences of motherhood and psychological distress after childbirth, in the Pakistani-Muslim population. I have a background in qualitative research, with experience in conducting in-depth interviews and experience of qualitative analysis.