Research has been an important part of my academic and professional life. Processes of research have the potential to generate knowledge and insights which go beyond the academic world. As such, research is an important tool for understanding and moving towards change if conducted with consistent reflection and action with a view towards transforming society.
This reserach acknowledged the lack of granular data concerning Punjabi communities, mental health and COVID-19. I coordinated and deployed this reserach with a team of citizen scientists and those with lived experiences of mental health challenges. This research has been used in parliament, has informed successful grant applications, has been cited in academic literature and has been referenced in national and international media since its publication. I have spoken about this research and our use of findings with audiences in policy, advocacy and beyond.
covid-19 research - Taraki
mental well-being during covid-19 + lock-down Research has shown that communities racialised as Black and minority ethnic (BAME) have experienced COVID-19 and lock-down distinctly differently from their counterparts racialised as white, with BAME groups more likely to die from COVID-19 once diagnosed and reporting higher levels of mental distress.
As well as our COVID research I have undertaken a number of smaller research projects which ask important questions related to mental well-being in Punjabi communities. You can view the details of these projects below and the range of topics they have covered.
research - Taraki
At Taraki, research is a key driver in enabling under-served communities to vocalise particular needs in areas such as strategy and policy, whether at a local or national level. Importantly, we understand that not all communities have the same access to research, so we are working to build more trusting relationships between researchers and Punjabi communities more widely.
Delivery of Compassionate Mental Health Care in a Digital Technology Driven Age: Protocol for Scoping Review — British Medical Journal
I was a co-author on this protocol which considers the delivery of digital mental health interventions alongside the lens of compassionate care with other researchers affiliated with the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction as well as the University of Toronto.
Delivery of compassionate mental health care in a digital technology-driven age: protocol for a scoping review
Introduction As digital technologies become an integral part of mental health care delivery, concerns have risen regarding how this technology may detract from health professionals' ability to provide compassionate care. To maintain and improve the quality of care for people with mental illness, there is a need to understand how to effectively incorporate technologies into the delivery of compassionate mental health care.
As well as research I have led in conducting, analysing, or synthesising, I have also been interviewed for a number of national and international research projects, including:
- Fit for Purpose — Addressing Inequalities in Mental Health Research by Centre for Mental Health (2021)
- What do User-Led Groups Need? — by National Survivor User Network (2020)