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Riya Patel


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    Dr. Riya Patel is a behavioural scientist within the Centre for Intelligent Healthcare. She joined Coventry University in January 2019, after being awarded a research fellowship from the John Templeton Foundation where she is developing the Religious Health Interventions in Behavioual Sciences (RHIBS) Taxonomy. Riya previously worked at City University of London and University College London.  

    Riya obtained her BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology from De Montfort University. She then went on to complete her PhD in Health Psychology at Coventry University. Her PhD focused on exploring the role of addressing religious needs as part of a weight management programme. Her PhD involved conducting a mixed-methods feasibilty trial of the Taste & See intervention. 

    Riya also lectures and supervises students within the School of Health and Life Sciences on the BSc in Dietetics, and MSc in Public Health and Nutrition programmes.

    Research Interests

    I have two key areas of interest in terms of my reserach. The first is the role of religion in health and well-being. Religion has often been perceived as the 'black box' that should be ignored and not explored in health and healthcare research, yet there is a growing evidence base that highlights religion can have both a positive and negative influence on health outcomes. I am keen to investigate the mechanisms and functions that underpin religiously integrated health interventions, which led me to my current research project the RHIBS Taxonomy

    Closely related to this, religious beliefs and practices are often intertwined with cultural beliefs and practices. To have a truly holistic understanding of health, illness and associated behaviours we need to better understand this link. I am interested in how we can better understand the influence of cultural beliefs and practices around health and well-being within BME communities through working with Faith-based organisations. If we can develop this understand we can work collaboratively with individuals belonging to these communities to begin reducing the barriers that exist with intentions to reduce health inequalities that affect the BME communities.



    Areas of Expertise: 

    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Intervention Evaluation
    • Religiously-Integrated Health Interventions
    • Psychology of Eating

    Education/Academic qualification

    Health Psychology, Doctorate, Coventry University

    Award Date: 11 Jan 2018

    Health Psychology, MSc, De Montfort University

    Award Date: 30 Sep 2014

    Psychology, Degree, De Montfort University

    Award Date: 13 Aug 2013


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