Faiza Aslam
Visiting Research Fellow

Profile

Biography

Faiza Aslam is a visiting research fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, presently engaged in the IMPACT project. She is IMPACT Co-ordinator at the Institute of Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health & Research, Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan. She is also country lead for the “Feasibility trial of a behavioural support intervention, with or without pharmacotherapy, for tobacco use cessation among people with severe mental illness in India and Pakistan” commenced under the IMPACT programme.

Before joining the group, she had over 12 years of experience of working as an academic researcher and heading the research units of a Public Medical College and University. She was actively involved in provision of individual and group consultations regarding research to faculty, undergraduates and Post graduate trainees of the institutions but also their teaching and training in research methods. In addition, she coordinated the activities of “British Council-Higher Education Commission Link programmes” & “Development Partnerships In Higher Education(DELPHE) Program” of Rawalpindi Medical College in collaboration with University of Leeds and University of Manchester, UK.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Public Health (Health Services Academy, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan)
  • MBBS (Rawalpindi Medical College, Punjab University, Pakistan)

Research

Overview

  • Faiza’s research interests are in mental health comorbidity with non communicable diseases in developing countries, interventions for tobacco use cessation in patients with Severe Mental Illness and trial methodologies.

Projects

  • Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia at the University of York

Research group(s)

External activities

Memberships

  • Member of Institutional Research & Ethics Forum (IREF) of Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU), Pakistan.
  • Member of Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR) of RMU, Pakistan.
  • Member of Institutional Research Board (IRB) of Islamabad Medical & Dental College (IMDC), Pakistan.

Editorial duties

  • Editor, of Students’ Supplement of Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College.

Invited talks and conferences

  • "Randomized Controlled Double Blinded Clinical Trial of Minocycline and Placebo added to treatment in Psychosis” A collaborative study the University of Manchester, International Stanley Foundation Research Program in Schizophrenia, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi, Pakistan” at the 16th National Psychiatric Conference, Faisalabad, Pakistan (on 24th Dec 2005)
  • “Evaluation of an Intervention Research Program for undergraduates of Rawalpindi Medical College Pakistan” at International Conference of Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) at Glasgow, UK (on 9th September 2015).
  • “Institutional Performance and Progress at Rawalpindi Medical College & Its Allied Hospitals 2014-16; A SWOT Analysis.” at 3rd International Research Conference of Rawalpindi Medical University (on 25th March 2017).
  • “Research Ethics” a guest lecture for MD/MS scholars of RMU in April 2018.
  • “Ethics in Research; Lesson taught by the Dark past” A guest lecture at National Undergraduates Research Conference at RMU in August 2018.