Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences
Omara studied medicine from Pakistan and subsequently trained in epidemiology and public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health on Fulbright scholarship programme. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research focuses on improving the transnational health issues related to tobacco use (especially in south Asia) by studying which interventions are effective and how these can be best delivered in routine practice. She is particularly interested in complex systems approaches for evidence translation of health behaviour change that takes account of the real-world circumstances in which people live by studying what works, for whom and why.
Omara joined the University of York in 2012 for her PhD in Health Sciences "Understanding variations in the outcome of a smoking cessation programme in Tuberculosis patients in Pakistan - the role of fidelity?". She continued working as a Research Fellow on a multi-site effectiveness-implementation hybrid study (TB & Tobacco) investigating ways in which smoking cessation can be integrated into national tuberculosis (TB) control programmes in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
Omara is a member of the Health Sciences Research Governance Committee at UoY and actively engages with leading international societies such as the scientific committees of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT), and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD), contributing to shaping global agenda in the field of TB and Tobacco.