Farina Kokab

Farina Kokab

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD title: Does social capital support the pursuit of health goals in a Pakistani community?

Supervisors: Dr Paramjit Gill, 
Farina’s research interests include investigating health views, the role of socio-cultural factors on health choices, ageing in relation to diversity and developing dialogues between communities and public services. She is also interested in how social capital can help individuals with their health goals.


  • MA in Social Research (Social Policy), University of Birmingham, 2012
  • MSc in Health Psychology,
    Aston University, 2011
  • BSc in 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 these degrees are accredited by the BPS.

She then completed an MA in Social Research (Social Policy) at the University of Birmingham which lead on to her PhD.

Her PhD involves investigating the role of Pakistani individual’s generation and gender in social interactions, when trying to achieve health goals related to diet and exercise.


Ethnicity and Health

Other activities

Farina is currently volunteering with PERCAT (Postdoctoral/Early Researcher Career Development and Training) as a rep for health and population sciences.

Outside of academia, Farina is editor and writer for the Arabic /South Asian sections of The Linguist magazine at the University of Birmingham.

Her interests include films and literature from different cultures and disciplines, as well as travelling.