Dr Sandi Dheensa

BSc, MSc, PhD

  • BS8 2PS

  • School of Social and Community Medicine 39 Whatley Road Bristol BS8 2PS

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an applied social scientist in the Domestic Violence/Abuse and Health Research Group (DVAHG). My primary project is ADVANCE, an NIHR-funded RCT that is testing a group therapy to reduce intimate partner violence and abuse among men receiving substance use treatment.  I am concurrently leading a workstream on the Pathfinder project, identifying best practice around how information about domestic abuse is, and should be, recorded and shared in the health service. I am also DVAHG coordinator, organising team meetings and guest speakers.

Previously, I led a programme of research about the ethical, social, and political aspects of innovations in healthcare in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. 

Since 2012, I have also worked as a consultant for local third-sector organisations on violence against women and women’s health.

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units, supervise medical students, and co-supervise PhD student Satya Shrestha. 

If you are interested in collaboration or supervision, or would like to present at a future DVAHG meeting, please contact me on sandi.dheensa@bristol.ac.uk

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Research Output

  • 30 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Review article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Chapter in a book

Exploring broad consent in the context of the 100,000 Genomes Project: a mixed methods study

Ballard, L. M., Horton, R. H., Dheensa, S., Fenwick, A. & Lucassen, A. M., 9 Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Human Genetics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • "From taboo to routine": a qualitative evaluation of a hospital-based advocacy intervention for domestic violence and abuse

    Dheensa, S., Halliwell, G., Daw, J., Jones, S. K. & Feder, G., 21 Feb 2020, In : BMC Health Services Research. 20, 1, p. 129

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Sharing reports about domestic violence and abuse with general practitioners: a qualitative interview study

    Pitt, K. S., Dheensa, S., Feder, G. S., Johnson, E. C., Man, M-S., Roy, J., Williamson, E. & Szilassy, E., 17 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : BMC Family Practice. 21, 117, 117 (2020).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access


    • 4 Invited talk

    ELSI 2.0 Making Connections

    Sandi Dheensa (Participant)

    Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Postgraduate Bioethics Conference

    Sandi Dheensa (Participant)

    1 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    World Congress on Genetic Counselling

    Sandi Dheensa (Participant)

    Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk