Research Output per year
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.
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
Health Psychology, Doctorate, Coventry University
Health Psychology, MSc, De Montfort University
Psychology, Degree, De Montfort University
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 trialStanworth, 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 journal › Article
Religious Health Interventions in Behavioural Sciences (RHIBS): A Scientific Classification of Religious Practices in Health to Rigourise the Design and Evaluation of InterventionsPatel, R., Lycett, D. & Jong, J., 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
Religious Health Interventions in Behavioural Sciences (RHIBS): Conference: American Psychological Association Division 36Patel, R., Jong, J., Khasteganan, N. & Lycett, D., 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Other
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Publication peer-review