Dr Lailah Alidu

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Institute of Applied Health Research

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lailah's research interests are in health and wellbeing in vulnerable and hard to reach populations. 


  • PhD (Health Psychology), University of Birmingham, UK
  • MPhil (Population and Health), University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • BA (Population and Family Life), University of Cape Coast, Ghana


Lailah's research experience spans from working on several research projects looking at health and wellbeing in vulnerable and hard to reach populations.


Current projects:



Borovoi, L., Shiloh S., Alidu L., Vlaev, I. (2022). ‘The Latent Perception of Pregnancy’. Frontiers in Psychology, 13.589911

Vandrevala, T., Hendy, J., Hanson, K., Alidu, L., & Ala, A. (2022). Unpacking COVID-19 and Conspiracy Theories in the UK Black Community. medRxiv.

Vandrevala, T., Alidu, L., Hendy, J., Shafi, S., & Ala, A. (2022). ‘It’s possibly made us feel a little more alienated’: How people from ethnic minority communities conceptualise COVID-19 and its influence on engagement with testing. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 13558196211054961.

Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2020). ‘What a dog will see and kill, a cat will see and ignore it': An exploration of health related helpseeking among older Ghanaian men residing in Ghana and the United Kingdom. British Journal of Health Psychology25(4), 1102-1117.

Jones, L., Danks, E., Clarke, J., Alidu, L., Costello, B., Jolly, K., ... & Taylor, J. (2019). Exploring the views of female genital mutilation survivors, their male partners and healthcare professionals on the timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS FGM care provision (the FGM Sister Study): protocol for a qualitative study. BMJ open9(10), e034140.

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L. (2019) Sexual and gender-based violence and social justice: parity of participation for forced migrant survivors in the UK. SIIRTOLAISUUS MIGRATION, 11.

Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2018). A systematic review of acculturation, obesity and health behaviours among migrants to high-income countries. Psychology & Health33(6), 724-745.

Tuoyire, D. A., Anku, P. J., Alidu, L., & Amo-Adjei, J. (2018). Timing of first sexual intercourse and number of lifetime sexual partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sexuality & Culture22(2), 651-668.

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L. (2018). Sexual and gender-based violence and refugees. The impacts of and on integration domains' (No. 28, p. 5). IRiS Working Paper Series.

Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2017). Gender differences in beliefs about health: a comparative qualitative study with Ghanaian and Indian migrants living in the United Kingdom. BMC psychology5(1), 1-8.

Book Chapter:

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L (2021). Gender and Refugee Resettlement: The Role of Proximal and Distal Stressors in the Experiences of Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Migration, 405.

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