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This autumn,  ‘Research in Practice in Mental Health’ presents a 3-part series on ‘Mental Health - practices and assessment’. Join our first episode on 4th October, 10am BST / 9am GMT. Sign up here to receive email reminders for this series.


What are we going to talk about in this episode?

At the University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST), we are running projects to ascertain the baseline physical and mental health and overall wellness status of first-year students, in order to establish the most effective interventions to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing in the student population.  


Assessing the wellness status of UDST first-year students and providing them with the necessary intervention could serve as the first step in developing a generation with an improved level of health/wellness education and awareness. Inclusion of wellness assessment we hope will improve the prevention of diseases, behavioral health outcomes, and overall academic outcomes.  


Previous research suggests students that who develop essential psychosocial and stress management skills are most likely to be successful in adapting to the higher education setting.  Specific wellness programmes have the potential to enhance students’ levels of functioning in a higher education setting and their sense of overall well-being.  Therefore, this research is important as UDST students could benefit from a strategic targeted wellness intervention designed to limit negative health outcomes, contributing to increased academic performance and the overall well-being of students.


The slides for this event can be found here.


Series programme:


  • 4th October, 10am BST / 9am GMT - ‘Effective interventions to maximise well-being in the University setting’ with Dr Michelle Elbashir, University of Doha for Science and Technology 


  • 21st October, 10am BST / 9am GMT - ‘Designing and Evaluating Mental Health Apps for Children’ with Dr Bettina Moltrecht, UCL 


  • 2nd November, 10am BST - ‘Developing a peer support intervention for carers of people treated under the Mental Health Act’ with Dr Imogen Wells, University of Warwick   


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Date and Time
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
10:00 am BST / 09:00 am GMT
Speakers Avatar Dr Michelle Elbashir, University of Doha for Science and Technology

Michelle is a Clinical Respiratory Physiologist with experience in clinical practice and management, research and education.  Originally from Wales, UK she has worked throughout the UK and the Middle East in both the healthcare and university setting and been actively involved in research including clinical trials.  Her specialties include cardiopulmonary diagnostics, sleep, clinical trials and translational research.  Michelle holds a BSc (hons) in Respiratory Physiology and a Doctorate in Respiratory Medicine from the University of Nottingham, and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Michelle is currently an Assistant Professor in Respiratory at the University of Doha for Science and Technology.  She teaches across the College of Health Sciences and leads modules within the Respiratory Therapy programme.  Michelle is the Principle Investigator of several health and well-being research projects throughout the institution, and has other research collaborations with healthcare providers performing patient-centred research.

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