Malini Pires
Research Fellow



Malini has joined MHARG as a researcher for the Improving Mental and Physical Health Together (IMPACT) project. Malini’s background is in Biomedical Sciences (BSc) and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and has experience in lab-based research in the UK and Portugal. Malini gained interest in pursuing a career in Epidemiology and Global Public Health after having worked in Public Health Research Groups and Educational Non-Profit Organizations in India and in Portugal, after which she obtained a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of York and worked for Professor Barry Wright at the Child Oriented Mental Health Intervention Centre as a research assistant. Her dissertation was a systematic review on the Impact of Leishmaniasis on Mental Health, and the article is currently in preparation with the co-authorship of Barry Wright (MHARG), Paul Kaye (Department of Biology) and Rachel Churchill (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination).


  • BSc Biomedical Sciences 2011 (University of Surrey)
  • MSc Biomedical Engineering 2014 (University of Porto)
  • MPH University of York 2019 (University of York)



Malini’s research interests lie in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and in global mental health. She is working towards a career that will allow her  to combine the fields of biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering with global public health.


  • The Impact of Leishmaniasis on Mental Health (Professor Barry Wright, Professor Rachel Churchill and Professor Paul Kaye)
  • IMPACT: Improving Mental and Physical Health Together (MHARG)
  • DIADS: Diagnostic Instruments for Autism in Deaf children’s Study (COMIC Research)

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Malini Pires
Research Fellow