Dr Tiffany E Gooden BSc, MPH, PhD

Ms Tiffany Gooden

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow in Global Health

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tiffany is a research fellow in global health with a focus in epidemiology and health systems research using both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has worked on various projects in Brazil, China, Nepal, Tanzania, The Gambia, Sri Lanka and the UK. Tiffany’s PhD was focused on the epidemiology of and health services for people living with HIV and comorbidities of non-communicable diseases including mental health conditions. Tiffany has a strong interest in improving the health and wellbeing of people often marginalised and disadvantaged (e.g. people living with HIV) and preventing and reducing the global burden of poor mental health.

Tiffany has an active role at the institute which includes small group teaching for undergraduates on the public health and epidemiology modules, supervising masters and PhD students, leading research tasters for 1st year medical students, and being a member of the Institute’s People and Culture Working Group.


  • PhD in Applied Health Research 2024. University of Birmingham
  • Masters in Global Health 2016. University of Birmingham
  • BSc in Psychology 2013 


Tiffany completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2013. During this time, she worked as a part-time research assistant in the TRiCAM Laboratory in the Department of Psychology (i.e. Translational Research in Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms) on projects aiming to understand the decision-making processes of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. After graduating, Tiffany took time off to travel solo through various African and Southeast Asian countries.

In 2016, Tiffany completed her master’s in global health from the University of Birmingham. She then worked as a senior research associate for Picker Institute Europe, a non-profit focused on person-centred care. She worked closely with the NHS, CQC and advisory groups and led national studies aimed to monitor and benchmark person-centred quality of care for mental health, emergency, inpatient, maternity and cancer care in the UK.

Tiffany began working for the University of Birmingham on a casual contract in 2018; she worked with Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland on various maternal and child health research projects in LMICs. Tiffany joined the University in 2020 as a full-time research fellow, first working with the Brazilian and Sri Lankan partners on the NIHR Global AF Group with Prof G Neil Thomas (Co-PI) among many others at the University. Tiffany then worked on various projects in LMICs regarding critical care, primary healthcare, maternity care and gender-based violence.

Tiffany is in the process of applying for a post-doc fellowship and grant applications to further her research on HIV and associated comorbidities including mental health in the UK and LMIC settings.


  • Public Health and Epidemiology small group undergraduate teaching MBChB

Postgraduate supervision

Vethanayagam Antony Sheron; PhD lead supervisor

Doctoral research

PhD title
Epidemiology of and health services for people living with HIV and comorbidities of non-communicable diseases, including mental health conditions.


Research interests 

  • Improving the wellbeing and support for marginalised groups, disadvantaged populations and people with chronic infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, TB)
  • Interventions to reduce and prevent mental health symptoms in low-resourced settings
  • Understanding and addressing the complex psychosocial factors related to poor mental health and stigma

Current grants 

  • NIHR Global Health Research Group on Violence Against Women and Violence Against Children. Co-investigator; Country co-lead, Sri Lanka.
  • DIGIPATHS Study: Digitally Integrated Care Pathways for Multiple-Long-Term-Conditions Management in Primary Care, Sri Lanka. Co-investigator; Work package co-lead, process evaluation.

Other activities

  • Member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Member of the International AIDS Society


Recent publications


Sheron, VA, Surenthirakumaran, R, Gooden, TE, Y. H. Lip, G, Thomas, GN, J. Moore, D, Nirantharakumar, K, Kumarendran, B, Subaschandran, K, Kanesamoorthy, S, Uruthirakumar, P, Guruparan, M & NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2024, 'Diagnostic accuracy of digital technologies compared with 12-lead ECG in the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in adults: A protocol for a systematic review', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 5, e0301729. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0301729

Gunathilaka, N, Gooden, T, Cooper, J, Flanagan, S, Marshall, T, Haroon, S, D'Elia, A, Crowe, F, Jackson, T, Nirantharakumar, K & Greenfield, S 2024, 'Perceptions on artificial intelligence-based decision making for coexisting multiple long-term health conditions: A protocol for a qualitative study with patients and healthcare professionals', BMJ open, vol. 14, e077156. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-077156

The Collaboration for Research, Implementation and Training in Critical Care in Asia and Africa (CCAA), KC, S, Gooden, TE, Aryal, D, Koirala, K, Luitel, S, Haniffa, R & Beane, A 2024, 'The burden of anxiety, depression, and stress, along with the prevalence of symptoms of PTSD, and perceptions of the drivers of psychological harms, as perceived by doctors and nurses working in ICUs in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic; a mixed method evaluation', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 24, no. 1, 450 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-024-10724-7

Gooden, TE, Wang, J, Zemedikun, DT, Taylor, S, Greenfield, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Nirantharakumar, K & Thomas, GN 2023, 'A matched cohort study investigating premature, accentuated and accelerated aging in people living with HIV', HIV Medicine, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 640-647. https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.13375

Gooden, TE, Mkhoi, ML, Mdoe, M, Mwalukunga, LJ, Senkoro, E, Kibusi, SM, Thomas, GN, Nirantharakumar, K, Manaseki-Holland, S & Greenfield, S 2023, 'Barriers and facilitators of people living with HIV receiving optimal care for hypertension and diabetes in Tanzania: a qualitative study with healthcare professionals and people living with HIV', BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 2235. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-17069-6

Gooden, T, Wang, J, Goulart, AC, Varella, AC, Tai, M, Sheron, VA, Zhang, H, Zhong, J, Kumarendran, B, Nirantharakumar, K, Surenthirakumaran, R, Benseñor, IM, Guo, Y, Lip, G, Thomas, GN, Manaseki-Holland, S & Hao, W 2023, 'Generalisability of and lessons learned from a mixed-methods study conducted in three low- and middle-income countries to identify care pathways for atrial fibrillation', Global Health Action, vol. 16, no. 1, 2231763. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2023.2231763

Goulart, AC, Varella, AC, Gooden, TE, Lip, GYH, Jolly, K, Thomas, GN, Lotufo, PA, Greenfield, S, Olmos, RD, Bensenor, IM, Manaseki-Holland, S & NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2023, 'Identifying and understanding the care pathway of patients with atrial fibrillation in Brazil and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed-methods study', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 10, e0292463. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0292463

Rashan, A, Beane, A, Ghose, A, Dondorp, AM, Kwizera, A, Vijayaraghavan, BKT, Biccard, B, Righy, C, Thwaites, CL, Pell, C, Sendagire, C, Thomson, D, Done, DG, Aryal, D, Wagstaff, D, Nadia, F, Putoto, G, Panaru, H, Udayanga, I, Amuasi, J, Salluh, J, Gokhale, K, Nirantharakumar, K, Pisani, L, Hashmi, M, Schultz, M, Ghalib, MS, Mukaka, M, Mat-Nor, MB, Siaw-frimpong, M, Surenthirakumaran, R, Haniffa, R, Kaddu, RP, Pereira, SP, Murthy, S, Harris, S, Moonesinghe, SR, Vengadasalam, S, Tripathy, S, Tolppa, T, Pari, V, Waweru-Siika, W, Minh, YL & The Collaboration for Research, Implementation and Training in Critical Care in Asia and Africa (CCAA) 2023, 'Mixed methods study protocol for combining stakeholder-led rapid evaluation with near real-time continuous registry data to facilitate evaluations of quality of care in intensive care units', Wellcome Open Research, vol. 8, 29. https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.18710.3

Wilson, L, Gracie, L, Kidy, F, Thomas, GN, Nirantharakumar, K, Greenfield, S, Manaseki-Holland, S, Ward, D & Gooden, T 2023, 'Safety and efficacy of tuberculosis vaccine candidates in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review of randomised controlled clinical trials', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 23, 120. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-023-08092-4

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2022, 'Cardiovascular health and atrial fibrillation or flutter: a cross-sectional study from ELSA-Brasil', ABC Cardiol. https://doi.org/10.36660/abc.20210970

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2022, 'Cardiovascular medications and long-term mortality among stroke survivors in the Brazilian Study of Stroke Mortality and Morbidity (EMMA)', Geriatrics & gerontology international, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 715-722. https://doi.org/10.1111/ggi.14429

Paschoal, E, Gooden, T, Olmos, RD, Lotufo, PA, Benseñor, IM, Manaseki-Holland, S, Lip, G, Thomas, GN, Jolly, K, Lancashire, E, Lane, D, Greenfield, S, Goulart, AC & NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management 2022, 'Health care professionals’ perceptions about atrial fibrillation care in the Brazilian public primary care system: a mixed-methods study', BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, vol. 22, 559. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12872-022-02927-9

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management, Sheron, VA, Shanmugathas, S, Gooden, T, Guruparan, M, Kumarendran, B, Lip, G, Manaseki-Holland, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Shribavan, K, Subaschandren, K, Haniffa, R, Surenthirakumaran, R, Thomas, GN, Uruthirakumar, P, Greenfield, S, Lane, D & Beane, A 2022, 'Healthcare provider and patient perspectives on access to and management of atrial fibrillation in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka: a rapid evaluation of barriers and facilitators to care', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 22, no. 1, 1078 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08440-1


Gooden, T, Nirantharakumar, K & Thomas, GN 2023, 'Author Reply: Letter to the editor on a matched cohort study investigating premature, accentuated, and accelerated aging in people living with HIV', HIV Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.13560

Review article

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Atrial Fibrillation Management, Uruthirakumar, P, Surenthirakumaran, R, Gooden, TE, Lip, GYH, Thomas, GN, Moore, DJ, Nirantharakumar, K, Kumarendran, B, Subaschandran, K, Kaneshamoorthy, S, Sheron, VA & Guruparan, M 2023, 'The impact of rate and rhythm control strategies on quality of life for patients with atrial fibrillation: a protocol for a systematic review', Systematic Reviews, vol. 12, no. 1, 52. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-023-02197-2

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