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Sahdia Parveen

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty/Dept/School The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 236089


Dr Sahdia Parveen completed her BSc (hons) in Psychology with neuropsychology in 2006 at the University of Wales, Bangor; followed by a MSc in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology. Sahdia’s MSc thesis and PhD focused on the influence of ethnicity, culture and willingness to care on family carer outcomes (gains, distress and quality of life). Following her PhD research, Sahdia joined the Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance project in 2011. This was a multi-national research project exploring the determinants to medicine adherence using health economics and health psychology models of behaviour. In 2012, Sahdia joined the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group at the Bradford Institute for Health Research as a research fellow. Sahdia was involved with a range of projects examining patient safety factors in health care. She also developed an interest in patient and public involvement in research. Sahdia was delighted to join the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies in August 2013. Sahdia was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship from the Alzheimer's Society in 2015 worth £225k. She also won the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Research Leaders award for patient and public involvement and engagement. Sahdia continues to be actively involved within the community and currently delivers Dementia Detectives workshops for schools. Sahdia has been a co investigator on several projects and most recently was the chief investigator on the Caregiving HOPE study. Sahdia's research interests include: diversity and dementia (particularly the experience of minority ethnic communities), family carers, implementation science, behaviour change, development and psychometric testing of questionnaires and patient safety. Sahdia's work has received attention from the media and was recently featured on BBC Look North and the Vitoria Derbyshire show. 


Teaching highlights

    Assessment and diagnosis of dementia (PwSI Dementia) ·     
Pharmacological and psychosocial support for people with Dementia (PwSI Dementia)
Service evaluation in dementia care (Masters in Dementia Studies)
Working with communities to improve health (Masters in Public Health, school of nursing)
Health promotion in practice (Masters in Public Health, school of nursing)

Other teaching activities ·     
Development of e learning module on diversity and dementia, and dementia prevention for Health Education England
Currently involved with developing modules for new dementia curriculum within the centre
Member of the Doctoral Training Centre Management Board.

Teaching interests

Quantitative research methods
Health Psychology


Diversity and dementia (particularly the experience of minority ethnic communities)
Family carers
Cohort studies/large questionnaire studies
Behaviour change
Health Psychology
Implementation science
Development and psychometric testing of questionnaire scales