Karishma Jivraj

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Dr Karishma Jivraj is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of Northampton involved in the day to day running of the programme plus supporting student/academic wellbeing in higher education and a Senior Teaching Fellow at University College London / Institute of Education. She is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the British Psychological Society.

Karishma has studied and worked in academia and clinical practice with a focus on mental health since 2007. Her first positions (following her Undergraduate Psychology Degree and Postgraduate Statistics Diploma) from researcher at Queen Mary, University of London to Clinical Studies Officer at Imperial College London (and the National Institute for Health Research, NIHR) prompted interest in mental health research. Her PhD (at Kingston University) explored shared decision making and therapeutic relationships in NHS mental health care, with the aim to improve service delivery and medication decisions. Since her first full time academic position as Lecturer (at the University of Northampton), Karishma has led and worked on numerous projects supporting mental health in NHS mental health care, higher education and decolonising of the curriculum (see CV). She has won awards from international societies for Young Researcher of the Year and Young Teacher of the Year plus small grants to conduct research improving mental health and wellbeing in higher education and clinical practice.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Exploring therapeutic relationships, shared decision making and attitudes towards medication: a mixed methods study, Kingston University

5 Oct 201528 Jun 2020

Award Date: 10 Jun 2020

Master, PGDip Statistics, Birkbeck University of London

Award Date: 24 Jun 2011

Bachelor, BSc Psychology, Brunel University London

Award Date: 25 Jun 2010