This blog is managed by Nadine Mirza, a PhD student by day, blogger by night.
I am a PhD student of Mental Health at the University of Manchester, funded by the Medical Research Council for my research on dementia in ethnic minorities and more specifically, investigating and improving South Asian access to memory services.
From Waterford, Ireland I moved to Lahore, Pakistan at the unaware age of 10. In between writing embarrassing fan fiction and dealing with culture shock I decided to pursue psychology and am currently working towards becoming a clinical and research psychologist. I moved to Manchester, UK in 2012, received my BSc (Hons) Psychology degree in 2015 and my MPhil in Primary Care Mental Health with a focus on dementia in 2017.
Alongside my studies I am also working as a graduate teaching assistant at the university’s School of Psychological Sciences and volunteering for a confidential listening and information support service. I have also done previous work in multiple settings to garner mental health and research experience, including as an Assistant Psychologist and as a Research Assistant.
In my spare time I prefer to read, with a particular love for thrillers and science non-fiction, can knit and purl a mean scarf, have a minor obsession with escape rooms, and tend to my cherished collection of plants.
Currently, I’m a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of their Division of Clinical Psychology. I am also a member of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) PhD Network and the Manchester Assistant Psychologist Group.
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