Omara Dogar
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global/Public Health

Profile

Biography

Omara studied medicine from Pakistan and epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health on Fulbright scholarship programme. She joined the University of York in 2012 for her PhD in Health Sciences, thesis titled: "Understanding variations in the outcome of a smoking cessation programme in Tuberculosis patients in Pakistan - the role of fidelity?" and continued working as a Research Fellow on a multi-site effectiveness-implementation hybrid study (TB & Tobacco) investigating ways in which interventions designed to encourage people to stop smoking can be integrated into national tuberculosis (TB) control programmes in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

Omara's work focuses on evaluation of context-specific low-cost cessation strategies in low and middle-income countries to improve the health and longevity of people suffering from tobacco-related diseases. She has worked in south Asian countries with a particular interest in process evaluation and the role of fidelity to complex interventions when integrated in existing health services.

Qualifications

  • MBBS, MPH (Epi)
  • PhD (Health Sciences) 

Departmental roles

  • Member, Research Governance Committee, Department of Health Sciences
  • International student support ambassador, York Ambassadors' Scheme, University of York (2014 - 2015)

External activities

Memberships

External Engagement:

  • The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), 2010, on Developing the evidence-base for reinforcing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among the flood-affected populations in Pakistan 
  • The World Health Organization (WHO), 2017, on Development of content algorithm for mTB-Tobacco programme- a text messaging system for TB patients to promote TB treatment adherence and tobacco cessation. This programme is part of an initiative called “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile” to use mobile technology, in particular text messaging and apps, to help combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Waterpipe tobacco smoking in the United Kingdom: a cross sectional study in several universities (2013/14), a survey of students conducted in six UK universities (UCL, KCL, Imperial College London, Cardiff, UWE and UoY)
  • Secretary (2013/15), Tobacco Control Section, International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease (IUATLD; https://www.theunion.org/).
  • Programme Secretary (2015/17), Tobacco Control Section, IUATLD.
  • Vice chair (2017/19), Tobacco Control Section, IUATLD.
  • Operations Coordinator (2016/17), Comorbidity Workgroup, SRNT (Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco) Treatment Network (https://www.srnt.org/).
  • Coordinator (2017-ongoing), SRNT Treatment Research Network communications subcommittee.

Editorial duties

Member, Review Board of the ‘American Journal of Health Behavior’ (https://ajhb.org/journal-reviewers/review-board/#letterd)

Invited talks and conferences

Oral presentations and talks at:

Performances

Awards and Prizes:

  • Fulbright Programme for Masters Study, 2008 - 2010
  • Departmental Studentship for doctoral study, 2012 - 2015
  • SRNT full scholarship for oral presentation at the 19th Annual Meeting in Boston, USA, 2013
  • Departmental Annual Student Prize, 2015

Publications

Full publications list

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Contact details

Dr Omara Dogar
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Global/Public Health

Tel: 01904 32(1541)

@OmaraDogar