Dr Sandi Dheensa

BSc, MSc, PhD

  • BS8 2PS

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

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary, mixed methods, health and social science researcher in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Health Group (DVAHG).

My primary research interest is healthcare and public health responses to gender-based violence. I also have a particular interest in 'DVA and...' - i.e., the intersection of DVA and other disadvantages or vulnerabilities.

Currently, I am PI on two studies: PRESSURE with co-PI Alison Gregory, an NIHR SPCR funded study exploring support-seeking and support needs of healthcare professionals who are experiencing, or have experienced, DVA themselves. A Research England-funded sister project with a former medical student, Dr Aimee Wilkinson, has explored DVA, sexual violence, and child maltreatment among University of Bristol medical students. I am PI on CancerDA, a Macmillan Cancer Support-funded project with Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse, in which I am evaluating an intervention that aims to enhance the cancer workforce response to DVA.

Previous projects include ADVANCE, HERA, and Recording & Sharing Domestic violence/abuse Information in Healthcare (RASDIH) - this project led to good practice recommendations.

Since 2012 I have worked as a volunteer and freelance researcher in gender-based violence. Specifically I have evaluated a peer support service for young women survivors of sexual violence, an ISVA service for sexual violence survivors with learning disabilities, a befriending service for sexual violence survivors with mental health needs, and a DVA/healthy relationships service for people aged 16-25 with unstable housing.

I teach on a range of under- and postgraduate units, I am the Deputy Lead for Research Methods on the MSc Public Health, and I co-supervise doctoral candidate Satya Shrestha as part of the HERA programme. I was part of decoloniseUoB (@decolUoB) and co-led a mapping of decolonising or decolonising-adjacent work around the University.

If you are interested in collaboration or supervision please get in touch.


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