Lecturer in Health and Social Care
I hold a PhD in Health and Applied Social Sciences from St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. I have extensive research experience in the areas of breast health/cancer and breast education for adolescent girls. My PhD research focused on evaluating the impact of a comprehensive breast education intervention on adolescent girls’ breast knowledge, attitudes to breasts and engagement with positive breast habits, (e.g. checking breasts for signs of breast cancer, wearing a sports bra), within school settings.
Omrani, Atefeh, Wakefield-Scurr, Joanna, Smith, Jenny, Wadey, Ross and Brown, Nicola (2020) Breast Education Improves Adolescent Girls' Breast Knowledge, Attitudes to Breasts and Engagement With Positive Breast Habits. Frontiers in Public Health, 8. ISSN 2296-2565
Omrani, Atefeh, Wakefield-Scurr, Joanna, Smith, Jenny and Brown, Nicola (2019) The Development and Psychometric Properties of A Survey to Assess Breast Knowledge and Attitudes of Adolescent Girls. American Journal of Health Education, 50 (6). pp. 374-389. ISSN 1932-5037
Omrani, Atefeh, Wakefield-Scurr, Joanna, Smith, Jenny and Brown, Nicola (2018) Survey Development for Adolescents Aged 11–16 Years: A Developmental Science Based Guide. Adolescent Research Review, 4 (4). pp. 329-340. ISSN 2363-8346
Brown, Nicola, Smith, Jenny, Brasher, Amanda, Omrani, Atefeh and Wakefield-Scurr, Joanna (2017) Breast cancer education for schoolgirls: an exploratory study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 27 (5). pp. 443-448. ISSN 0959-8278
Etemadifar, Shahram, Hosseiny, Razie Sadat, Ziraki, Akram, Omrani, Atefeh and Alijanpoor, Masoome (2016) The Relationship Between Spiritual Well-Being and Life Satisfaction in Females With Infertility. Women's Health Bulletin, 3 (4). ISSN 2345-5136
I have six-plus years of research experience in multidisciplinary teams including healthcare, midwifery, and health education. I have experience of different methodologies including survey design and development as well as implementation and evaluation of interventions, utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. surveys, interviews and focus groups), and published papers in these areas.
My research interests are: breast health, breast education, breast cancer awareness, females’ health and well-being, public health, health promotion, intervention design and evaluation, survey development and reliability and validity assessment, mixed methods
I welcome enquiries on potential PhD research projects on the above and related research areas.
I became a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) in August 2022.
I hold an MSc in Midwifery Studies from Middlesex University, London and a BSc in Midwifery from Iran University of Medical Sciences. I worked as a lead midwife in primary care settings in Iran for four years; as part of my role, I was in charge of organising teaching sessions with the aim of increasing the health and wellbeing of females.
I have nearly 12 years of combined experience in healthcare, research, HE and FE teaching and course management.