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Dr Sandi DheensaBSc, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

Sandi Dheensa

Dr Sandi DheensaBSc, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

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Dr Sandi Dheensa is an applied social scientist in the Domestic Violence/Abuse and Health Research Group (DVAHG). She primarily works on the ADVANCE study. This NIHR-funded feasibility study will develop and test a group therapy to reduce intimate partner violence and abuse among men receiving substance use treatment.  She is also DVAHG coordinator, organising team meetings and guest speakers.

In her earlier post in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, she led mixed-methods projects about the ethical, social, and political aspects of innovations in healthcare and the way they affect vulnerable families. 

In parallel to her academic career, Sandi has worked since 2012 as a consultant and volunteer in various roles about VAWG (and women’s rights more generally). She worked with Prof Amanda Robinson at Cardiff University's ‘Disclosure Response Team’, an initiative set up to help staff identify and respond to students’ disclosures of domestic and sexual violence. She has been a volunteer and consultant for Bristol Women’s Voice as well as for international development charity African Initiatives on projects about sex workers, women’s land rights, and improving children's education in Tanzania. She is on the health taskforce in Bristol City Council’s Women’s Commission.  Through her membership on this group, Bristol-based charity Safe Link commissioned her to evaluate two new services for women who have experienced sexual violence. Sandi also does ad-hoc associate work for national domestic abuse charity Safelives.

Sandi has taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the medical school. She has supervised several undergraduate medical students and currently supervises Satya Shrestha, PhD student on the HERA2 study. She has been invited to speak at international conferences; has delivered public engagement events; and consistently engages policymakers throughout her work.

If you are interested in collaboration or supervision, or would like to present at a future DVAHG meeting, please contact Sandi on sandi.dheensa@bristol.ac.uk

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