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Ainul Hanafiah

, Department of Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Areas Of Interest

  • Global health
  • Mental health
  • Community-based services
  • Process evaluation
  • Health services and policies
  • Children and young people's wellbeing
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Ainul's research experience is mainly within global mental health with wider interests in global health, community-based services and interventions, and children and young people's wellbeing. Her expertise is in process evaluation, qualitative research, and mixed methods.

She has been involved in various global health-related projects such as:

  • The GCRF Youth Safeguarding Network, Africa
  • Ornate India, India
  • Research for Equitable Antenatal Care and Health Pregnancy Programme (REACH), England
  • Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA), Africa & Middle East
  • Malaysian Mental Health Policy Implementation Study (PhD), Malaysia


  • Wiggins, M. et al., 2020. Group antenatal care (Pregnancy Circles) for diverse and disadvantaged women: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with integral process and economic evaluations. BMC Health Services Research, 20:919
  • Howarth, E., Vainre, M., Humphrey, A., Lombardo, C., Hanafiah, A.N., Anderson, J.K. and Jones, P.B., 2019. Delphi study to identify key features of community-based child and adolescent mental health services in the East of England. BMJ Open, 9(6), p.e022936.
  • Hanafiah, A.N. and Van Bortel, T., 2015. A qualitative exploration of the perspectives of mental health professionals on stigma and discrimination of mental illness in Malaysia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), p.10.