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Dr Sandi Dheensa

Dr Sandi Dheensa

Dr Sandi Dheensa
BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Office 1.11
Canynge Hall,
Whiteladies Road, Clifton BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3313992


I am a mixed-methods applied social scientist in the Domestic Violence/Abuse and Health Research Group (DVAHG). My primary project is ADVANCE, an NIHR-funded study that is testing a group therapy to reduce intimate partner violence and abuse among men receiving substance use treatment.  I am also DVAHG coordinator, organising team meetings and guest speakers.

Previously, I led a programme of research about the ethical, social, and political aspects of innovations in healthcare in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. 

Since 2012, I have also worked as a consultant for local third-sector organisations on violence against women and women’s health.

I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units, supervise medical students, and co-supervise PhD student Satya Shrestha. 

If you are interested in collaboration or supervision, or would like to present at a future DVAHG meeting, please contact me on


  • Researcher (2017 - 2018), School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
  • Senior Research Fellow (2012 - 2017), Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
  • PhD Health Sciences (awarded Dec 2012) “Men’s involvement in antenatal screening”: interdisciplinary project involving qualitative and quantitative methods with pregnant women and their partners. Supervised by Prof Alison Metcalfe (now Pro VC at Sheffield Hallam). Examined by Dr Jon Ives (bioethicist, University of Bristol) and Prof Steve Robertson (sociologist, Leeds Beckett).
  • MSc Health Psychology (awarded Sept 2009) University of Nottingham.
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (awarded Jul 2008) Nottingham Trent University.


Activities / Findings




  • intimate partner violence
  • Domestic Violence
  • substance use


  • Quantitative and Qualitative



Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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