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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

As an early career researcher, my research background to date has focused on exploring the psychology of obesity, namely obesity stigma and emotional eating. Through completing my PhD and post-doctoral work, I currently have two areas where I am focusing the direction of my research.

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

I am also interested in obesity stigma with a specific focus on exploring obesity stigma amongst healthcare professionals. Obesity stigma impacts so many aspects of the healthcare trajectory, from the healthcare delivered (e.g., if a HCP holds internalised weight stigma attitudes they may not address health concerns attributed to weight with their patients) to the healthcare received by the patient (e.g., unintentional comments made by HCP's that perpetuate weight stigma attitudes). I am currently conducting exploratory work around how trainee midwifery students view obesity and the beliefs they hold about obese patients with the overall aim to investigate whether obesity stigma is being inadvertently perpetuated by how trainee students are taught about obesity. 


Areas of Expertise: 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Health Psychology, Doctorate, Coventry University

Health Psychology, MSc, De Montfort University

Psychology, Degree, De Montfort University

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 9 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Poster
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Other

Can we do better? Bridging the research to practice gap in patient blood management–optimizing ‘audit & feedback’ and the challenges of undertaking a national cluster‐randomized controlled trial

Stanworth, S., Lorencatto, F., Gould, N., Grant-Casey, J., Deary, A., Hartley, S., McIntyre, S., Moreau, L., Morris, T., Patel, R., Smith, I., Smith, J., Farrin, A., Foy, R., Francis, J. & The AFFINITIE Programme, 1 Feb 2019, In : International Society of Blood Transfusion. 14, 1, p. 129-135 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Professional Practice Gaps
Hematologic Neoplasms
Quality Improvement
Patient Care
Mobile Applications
Cell Phones
Qualitative Research
Health Behavior
Qualitative Research
Equipment and Supplies
Mobile Applications
Cell Phones

Activities 2018 2018

  • 3 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Invited talk

Peer J (Journal)

Riya Patel (Peer Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Religions (Journal)

Riya Patel (Peer Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

What can behavioural science offer clinical practice? The example of AFFINITIE

Riya Patel (Speaker)
Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)

Riya Patel (Peer Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review