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Research Profile

Dr Karishma
Jivraj

Lecturer in Psychology / Programme Leader BSc Psychology (Counselling)

  • Karishma is the programme leader for the BSc Psychology (Counselling) course. As a mental health and health psychologist, completing both her BSc and PhD in Psychology with a postgraduate diploma in Statistics, Karishma’s teaching and research interests lie within improving mental health, wellbeing and person-centred healthcare. Both in and outside of UON, Karishma is an avid reader and researcher with over 10 years of experience working in clinical research. She has worked on industry research trials for the NIHR as a clinical studies officer and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also currently holds positions as a member of the diversity and inclusion group and ethics committee at UON and Senior Teaching Fellow for University College London. Karishma has won awards for Young Researcher of the Year (2018) and Young Teacher Prize (2020) from the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare, demonstrating her commitment to teaching and research.

    Outside of work, Karishma enjoys reading, cooking gourmet food and travelling, having enjoyed various cuisines from over 40 countries (and counting).

  • In addition to her programme leader role, Karishma is the module coordinator for:

    • PSY3013 – The Psychology of Health (Level 6)
    • PSY4001, 4006, 4008 – Psychology Undergraduate Dissertation (Level 6)
    • PSYM125 – Applied Research Methods (Level 7)

    Karishma currently teaches on:

    • PSY1001 – Psychology in Practice
    • PSY2005 – Research Methods and Statistics
    • PSY2018 – Counselling: From Theory to Practice
    • PSY3004 – The Psychology of Mental Health
    • PSY3013 – The Psychology of Health
    • PSY4001, 4006, 4008 – Psychology Undergraduate Dissertation
    • PSYM086 – Psychology Postgraduate Dissertation
    • PSYM125 – Applied Research Methods

    Karishma supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the area of mental health, wellbeing and person-centred care with a specific focus on improving patient-professional relationships, shared decision making and exploring the effects of social media on mental health and wellbeing. She welcomes prospective PhD students to contact her with their research ideas. Karishma also is the Psychology Research Conference lead which allows staff and students the opportunity to disseminate their research findings over the course of the academic year.

  • Karishma completed her fully funded PhD in 2019, which explored the role therapeutic relationships and shared decision-making play in improving attitudes and adherence to medication and recovery in mental health. With a focus on mixed methods approaches, Karishma is keen to explore perspectives from both patients and professionals. She continues to disseminate these findings to aid improvement of mental health care and delivery, some which have already been presented at national and international conferences.

    Karishma is the chief investigator on a research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on mental health and wellbeing in academia. This research should provide relevant parties with pertinent information on the key stressors that students and staff are facing during the pandemic and the resilience and coping strategies employed. Further information can be found on the website.

    For further information about Karishma’s research activity please visit ORCHID.