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Saba Shafiq

Research Fellow (Working with Muslim fam

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Health Studies
Telephone +441274 238455


Saba Shafiq joined the University of Bradford in August 2022 as a Research Fellow on the project: Increasing uptake of cancer screening in South Asian Muslim women in Bradford through working with men in families.

Prior to joining the University, Saba had been working as a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds on the project: Developing a service user centred co-designed patient safety intervention for acute mental health wards: A mixed methods process evaluation and before that, had developed a teaching career as an educator in the field of Health Studies and Psychology.

Saba holds a BSc (hons) Psychology, MSc Health Psychology and PGDE Education and Training. She is now in the process of completing her PhD in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford and hopes to provide an insight into cultural influences on dementia representations, and how best to tailor support to allow families from minority ethnic communities to live well with dementia. 

Her research interests lie in psychological understanding of diverse health inequalities in seldom-heard groups.


Health Psychology

Behaviour Change

Minority Ethnic Health

Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health

Working with Seldom-Heard Groups

Diversity and Health Conditions

Public and Patient Involvement in Research (co-design with communities)

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
05-FEB-18 - 31-JUL-23Principal Investigator (Phd Student)Using the Self-Regulatory Model to explore cultural understanding of dementia and inform a culturally sensitive intervention: A qualitative study with perceptions from African-Caribbean, Irish and white British families.

Research collaborators
NameProfessor Jan Oyebode
CompanyUniversity of Bradford
RolePhD Supervisor
NameDr Sahdia Parveen
CompanyUniversity of Bradford
RolePhD Supervisor
NameDr Alys Griffiths
CompanyLeeds Beckett University
ThemeDementia Detectives
NameDr Nicolas Farina
CompanyBrighton and Sussex Medical School
ThemeDementia Detectives


Teaching interests

Health Psychology

Ethnicity and Health

Illness Perceptions

Health Inequalities

Engaging Communities in Health Promotion

Qualitative Research Methodologies

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-11: University of Bradford - BSc (hons)
  • 01-JAN-12: Aston University - MSc
  • 01-JAN-14: Bradford College/Teesside University - PGDE

  • 01-SEP-14: Varied - Lecturer/Teacher in Health Studies
  • 01-SEP-21: University of Leeds - Research Assistant
  • 05-FEB-18: University of Bradford - PhD Student

  • English
  • Urdu


TitleHow people of African Caribbean or Irish ethnicity cope with long‐term health conditions in UK community settings: A systematic review of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies (2020)
AuthorsSaba Shafiq;Sahdia Parveen;Jan R. Oyebode;
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
TitleDevelopment of the Adolescent Attitudes towards Dementia Scale (A-ADS) (2018)
AuthorsGriffiths A.;Parveen S.;Shafiq S.;Oyebode J.
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
TitleWhat do adolescents perceive to be key features of an effective dementia education and awareness initiative? (2018)
AuthorsParveen, Sahdia; Farina, N.; Shafiq, Saba; Hughes, L.J.; Griffiths, Alys W.

Other typeBook Review
Title“Supporting People Living with Dementia in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities: Key Issues and Strategies for Change. David Truswell (ed), Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2019. £18.99 (pb). ISBN 9781784507480”. (2020)
AuthorsShafiq, S.
PublisherJournal of Dementia Care
Other typeBook Review
TitleCulture, Heritage, and Diversity in Older Adult Mental Health Care Edited by Maria D. Llorente American Psychiatric Association Publishing. 2018. £42.00 (pb). 320 pp. ISBN 9781615372058 (2019)
AuthorsShafiq, S.
PublisherBritish Journal of Psychiatry