Dr Masuma Pervin Mishu is an Epidemiologist and Public Health researcher and Associate Fellow in Higher Education Academy. Currently, she is working as a Lecturer in Public Health at University College London (UCL) and a visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of York. She worked as a research fellow in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group in a project on Community-based Behavioural Activation Training (ComBAT) for Depression in Adolescents. She is also involved with the CTG-network and Health and Well-being cohort, and conducted systematic reviews on the related area. She also worked in the Public Health and Society Research group (Global Health research team) in addressing smokeless tobacco and building research capacity in South Asia (ASTRA) project and on mental and physical health co-morbidity in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Masuma graduated in Dentistry (Bachelor of Dental surgery) from Dhaka Dental College Hospital and later did her MSc in Dental Public Health from University College London (UCL). She did her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
As a Doctoral researcher she conducted study on ‘Association of dental caries and anthropometric measures in 5-9 year old Bangladeshi children’ with 788 children-parents pair in Bangladesh’. She conducted a public engagement project titled ‘Healthy eating, healthy mouth’ (funded by UCL) during her PhD period. Previously she was involved a study on oral health in 1800 primary school children in deprived areas (rural and slum urban) of Bangladesh. She also worked as a clinical dentist in Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation on Diabetic Endocrine and Metabolic disorders (BIRDEM, WHO collaboration centre); Dhaka Dental College hospital; and different health centre in rural areas of Bangladesh.
Masuma also has interest and experience in teaching in higher education academy. She led the Masters in Public Health (MPH) module of ‘Public Health Foundations and Practice’ and Deputy lead for the Masters in Health Research programme at the University of York’. She worked as a Post Graduate teaching assistant in ‘Basic Medical Statistics’ and ‘Regression modelling’ module of MSc Epidemiology and Public Health and ‘Research Method’ module of MSc Dental Public Health in UCL. In Bangladesh she also worked as a lecturer in Dental Public Health.
Masuma contributed as co-chair of the Contract Researcher Forum and deputy lead of the Athena Swan working group at the University of York.
She wants to develop her career in research and teaching in Epidemiology and Public Health.
Masuma's research interests focus on the association of oral health and other non-communicable diseases, physical and mental health comorbidity, Common risk factor approach, smoking cessation and tobacco control, health and quality of life, health inequalities, Dental caries and child growth and nutrition in LMICs, Planning and policy making for better health in LMICs.
Epidemiological research (with particular interest in LMICs), Oral health, Child oral health, growth and nutrition, health and quality of life, health inequalities, tobacco control