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Dr Sandi Dheensa

Dr Sandi Dheensa

Dr Sandi Dheensa
BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

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Dr Sandi Dheensa is a member of the Domestic Violence and Health Research Group, on the ADVANCE study. This NIHR-funded feasibility study will develop and test a group therapy to reduce intimate partner violence and abuse among men receiving substance use treatment.

Sandi has recently moved her academic work into the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)/Domestic Violence field. In her earlier post as Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, she led mixed-methods projects about the ethical, social, and political aspects of innovations in healthcare (particularly genomic medicine) and the way they affect vulnerable families.  In parallel to her academic career, Sandi has worked since 2012 as a consultant and volunteer in various roles about violence against women and girls (and women’s rights more generally). She worked with Prof Amanda Robinson at Cardiff University's ‘Disclosure Response Team’, an initiative set up to help staff identify and respond to students’ disclosures of domestic and sexual violence. She has been a volunteer and consultant for Bristol Women’s Voice as well as for international development charity African Initiatives on projects about sex workers, women’s land rights, and improving children's education in Tanzania. She helps to represent Bristol Women's Voice on Bristol City Council’s Women’s Commission, involving meetings at city hall as part of the women’s health task group.  Through her membership on this group, Bristol-based charity Safe Link has commissioned her to evaluate two new services for women who have experienced sexual violence.

Sandi has taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and has supervised several undergraduate medical student dissertations. She has been invited to speak at international conferences; has delivered public engagement events; and consistently engages policymakers throughout her work.


  • 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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