Dr Farina Kokab BSc, MSc, MA, PhD, MBPsS

Dr Farina Kokab

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Farina Kokab is a Research Fellow within the Institute of Applied Health Research. Farina has a background in Psychology and Social Research and she applies her understanding of these fields to work in health inequalities, social support, chronic disease prevention, women’s health and maternity, and mental health. She also works on qualitative and mixed-methodology projects.


  • PhD, Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • MA, Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham, 2012
  • MSc, Health Psychology, Aston University, 2011
  • BSc, Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2010


Farina completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and went onto achieve an MSc in Health Psychology at Aston University as a professional training course. Both of these degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society.  

She then completed an MA in Social Research (Social Policy) at the University of Birmingham as part of her PhD, which involved investigating the role of social support in influencing health beliefs and lifestyle practices amongst tri-generational Pakistani migrants in the West Midlands, UK.  

She went on to work with the development and evaluation of Quality Outcome Framework (QOF) indicators for Diabetes Prevention at the University of Birmingham and alongside clinicians and academics on developing a range of projects with the CLAHRC Maternity team that can be applied to maternity services. She is currently working on a mixed-methods study exploring mental health in junior doctors. Farina also contributes to wider research taking place in the department (internationally and locally). 


Medicine and Surgery MBChB 

  • Integrated Problems-Clinical communications 
  • Integrated Professional and Academic Practices (IPAS) 
  • Health Improvement Evidence Review (HIER) advisor 3rdyear students 
  • Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Qualitative tutor 3rdyear students 

Public Health MPh/Diploma 

  • Sociology and Social Policy 

Qualitative Research Methods

  • Module Co-Lead

Postgraduate supervision

  • Masters in Public Health Dissertation 
  • MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care Dissertation 
Farina is interested in supervising postgraduate research students on using qualitative methods to undertake their research. She is particularly interested in access to and experience of health, prevention and lived experience of disease and illness. 


Farina’s PhD research included a qualitative synthesis (adapted meta-ethnography) of the experiences and influences of social support on cardiovascular disease prevention.  

The primary research included multi-channel recruitment and in-depth interviews. Data collection was based on the theory of Social Capital and used alongside the Convoy model diagram to elicit responses on social networks, cultural norms and trust. Framework analysis was used to develop and present an interpretation of findings. 

ECRAG: https://ecrag.wordpress.com/

Other activities

Leadership roles

  • Early Career Researchers and Academics Group (ECRAG): Co-chair and editor of the monthly blogs. Managing and organising regular professional and personal development sessions. 
  • Mentor for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers 

Awards and prizes

Graduate Poster Conference First prize for College of Medical and Dental Sciences (2014)

Society membership 

Member of the British Psychological Society


  • Peer Reviewer for Patient Education and Counselling 
  • Peer Reviewer for Chronic Illness 


  • Doctoral Researcher’s Diversity Network (DRDN): representative for the Institute of Applied Health Research
  • PERCAT: Postdoctoral/Early career researcher representative for career development and training, and workshop facilitator. 
  • IRIS: Institute of Research Into Superdiversity. Participating in organisation of the first annual superdiversity conference. Doctoral representative and workshop facilitator. 
  • Post-graduate rep at the Institute of Applied Health Research 


Goodwin, L., Taylor, B., Kokab, F., and Kenyon, S. (2018) Postnatal care in the context of decreasing length of stay in hospital after birth: The perspectives of community midwives. Midwifery 

Kokab, F., Greenfield, S., Lindenmeyer, A., Sidhu, M., Tait, L., and Gill, P. (2018) The experience and influence of social support and social dynamics on cardiovascular disease prevention in migrant Pakistani communities: A qualitative synthesis. Patient Education and Counselling

Kokab, F., Foskett-Tharby, R., Hex, N., and Gill, P (2017) A protocol for the development and piloting of quality measures to support the Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. BJGOP Open

Sidhu, MS, Kokab, F, Jolly, K, Gale, N,Marshall, T and Gill, P (2016) Methodological challenges of cross-language qualitative research with South Asian communities living in the UK. Family Medicine and Community Health.

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