Dr Gulnar Ali diligently blends ontological and humanistic perspectives to mental health and wellbeing. With a particular interest in the ontological aspect of human phenomenon, Gulnar's professional background ranges wide spectrum of teaching, clinical practice and research experience in: Spirituality, Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, Nursing Philosophy and Islamic studies.
She is passionate to expand the notion of healing and mental wellbeing through authenticity. Currently, she is involved in teaching undergraduate/postgraduate courses, doctoral research supervision, education management, module leadership, research consultation, project evaluation, counselling and mentoring projects. As a researcher, Dr Ali is actively engaged in writing and reviewing research grants bids on COVID-19 with national and international nursing universities.
Her research interest and publications are majorly aimed at ontological reasoning to bring further innovation in self-care approaches through professional authenticity and empowerment. With a vision to bring transformation in nursing education, Gulnar is keen to develop pedagogical structures that could embrace spiritual and existential care aspects.
Based on her PhD research (2013-2017), she has developed a reflective framework: SOPHIE (Self-Exploration through Ontological, Phenomenological, Humanistic, Ideological and Existential Expressions). SOPHIE has been recognised as practice methodology, to embrace spiritual care aspects in health education and practice.
Dr Ali will be assisting in teaching and research supervision in: Psychological Perspectives and Community work. She will also collaborate with the research team in developing global health research grants projects.