Dr Chandan is a Clinical Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Birmingham. His primary research focuses on identifying and addressing health inequalities, supported through novel data science approaches. He has expertise in population health data science, data linkage and medical education.
To date, Joht has spent considerable time working on designing and delivering a public health approach to abuse and violence. This includes research into finding what works to support survivors of abuse and maltreatment as well as methods to improve surveillance in the context of domestic abuse and child maltreatment. For example, his research has shown that victims of domestic abuse are nearly three times more likely to suffer from mental ill health during their lifetime and have above-average rates of diabetes, heart disease and death. The findings of his published work have been highlighted in the House of Commons and Lords during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in this field he has had numerous high impact factor publications which have been disseminated with frequent news appearances on BBC News, Sky News and other leading international media outlets.
Joht holds several national and internationally recognised roles in this field; scientific advisor to the Lancet Commission for Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People, co-director for the UoB Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing, deputy stream lead at the UoB Institute of Global Innovation and HDRUK Midlands theme lead for mental health.