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SPCR trainee Yumna Masood has been selected as the Faculty of Medicine's 2016 President's Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester.

Yumna's main research interest lies in the field of primary care and community mental health. "I want to understand the interplay of socio-cultural factors and to use this information to develop psychosocial interventions. I am interested in the provision of an integrated, accessible and equitable healthcare in partnership with patients within primary care."

Over the past few years Yumna has conducted research as a university based researcher and with the Clinical Research Network where she has been recruiting participants to multiple research studies. One of these, her PhD study on the most hard to reach ethnic groups (South Asian mothers with post-natal depression), will begin in September this year. She will be supervised by Dr Waquas Waheed and Professor Peter Bower.

Yumna is currently a Clinical Studies Officer for Cumbria Partnership NHS, "I have built valuable research and clinical experience over the years and this is the right time to utilize all my research skills and knowledge to start working towards a PhD. This degree will help me to build my research career further and open up opportunities to be involved in large scale projects in the future."


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