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Professor Daksha Trivedi trained as a scientist and obtained her Ph.D (King’s College, London) and M.Sc, Faculty of Medicine, University of London and an M. Phil in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge.  

She has an established strong record of conducting interdisciplinary research which spans across various public health areas including mental health. Her expertise in Applied Health Research includes Evidence Based Practice (systematic reviews & evidence synthesis), Quantitative and qualitative designs, Mixed Methods, Clinical Trials, evaluation of complex interventions and co-production, leading stakeholder events with community engagement.  Daksha’s work includes mental health, prevention and early detection and health inequalities, leading research in Health, experience and care of marginalised, disadvantaged and ethnically diverse groups. She collaborates with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration  East of England (EoE) and is the University’s  lead for applied mental health and care research and implementation with the NIHR ARC, EoE. 

Daksha has led various NIHR research initiatives (see Research interests, activities and outputs) including the READY Trial of exercise and depression in young people and is a co-investigator on the EU Horizon funded research -European Study on preventing internet addiction in young people.   She is a member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Regional Advisory Committee, a peer reviewer for NIHR funding bodies, and journals and member of the Cochrane Nursing, Hong Kong. Daksha is the Co-Chair of the Hertfordshire Public Health Connect Strategy Group.

Research interests

Public health:  Health, experience and care of marginalised, disadvantaged and ethnically diverse groups

  • Mental health in ethnically diverse communities and Neurodivergent populations
  • Preventing internet addiction in young people to improve mental health and well-being
  • Cancer experience and screening in ethnically diverse communities
  • Covid-19 Vaccine hesitancy in young people and their parents in Black African & Caribbean community

Mixed Methods: Quantitative & Qualitative including co-designing and co-production:  Epidemiology, cross-sectional and cohort studies, evaluation of complex interventions (physical activity and behaviour change; mental health support and cancer screening interventions in ethnic populations),  clinical trials (Vitamin D trial for prevention of osteoporosis in older people; NIHR funded erectile dysfunction and statins trial; NIHR READY Trial of exercise and depression in young people), critical appraisal of studies and reviews of various designs 

Evidence synthesis: Research methods for qualitative and quantitative systematic reviews, mixed methods, integrated review methodologies

Research expertise: Applied health research (Public Health including mental health), quantitative and qualitative designs, clinical trials and evaluation of complex interventions, mixed methods integrated with process evaluations and qualitative methods; community engagement, codesign and co-production

Evidence synthesis and systematic reviews – see Outputs. Examples include:

  • Barriers and facilitators to Mental Health Support in Neurodivergent populations 
  • Covid-19 vaccine uptake in children and young people: a systematic review (NIHR ARC, EoE Collaboration) - underway
  • Digital Health Technologies Implementation in Clinical Settings in a Post-COVID-19 Era; a scoping review (International Collaboration, Public Health, University of Malaysia) - underway
  • The use of social media in recruiting young people to mental health research: a scoping review
  • Physical activity interventions and behaviour change techniques
  • Managing depression in South Asians (Qualitative)
  • Experiences of moral injury in healthcare workers (qualitative)
  • Management of Behavioural and Psychological symptoms in Dementia in community dwelling older people
  • Prevention of childhood obesity
  • Nutritional interventions in community dwelling older people
  • Cochrane review - dietary fat and gall stone disease 
  •  Cochrane Nursing Care Network – Evidence transfer programme (summaries of Cochrane nursing reviews)

Teaching specialisms

Daksha Trivedi supervises doctoral students and the NIHR ARC Fellowships (aimed at health professionals to develop research into practice):   

  • Applied health research and health inequalities (Mental health and Prevention themes)  
  • Quantitative research designs and methods: Outcome evaluations, Intervention, cohort, cross sectional, case-control designs, controlled trials, before after studies; Mixed methods
  • Systematic reviews, Meta-analyses - Quantitative and Qualitative, critical appraisal
  • Evidence synthesis - mixed methods, integrated reviews
  • Evidence into Practice - Approaches and methods   

Commercial and public engagement

Leading stakeholder events in various projects: (see awards and outputs); READY Trial,  young people's advisory group and stakeholder involvement evaluation of bowel cancer screening in ethnically diverse communties in collaboration with NIHR ARC East of England, NHS/Public Health England; community leaders; Covid-19 Vaccine hesitancy project with community partners in Hertfordshire.

Stakeholder events involved service users, practitioners, public health specialists, community sports partnerships, NHS and community services, local county councils and commissioners in a formal steering group, expert panel of advisory group to inform the research, applicability of findings and dissemination. The impact of this activity included recommendations for practice and research (see summary of influence on health services and policy).    



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