Lecturer in Psychology
I am British born Bangladeshi and a first-generation student. I joined the University of Sunderland as a Lecturer in Psychology in May 2021. I graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010 and and MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bedfordshire. I completed my PhD research in the area of Applied Psychology over an eight year period and was awarded my doctorate in 2021 from the University of Bedfordshire.
My PhD research evaluated a public health intervention to measure Physical Activity changes in the population. The study applied the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Health Belief Model. The study adopted a longitudinal approach and used ANOVAs and path analyses to predict psychosocial predictors associated with the intervention. My other research interests include Mental Health in Faith Communities, Men’s health in the prison service, and psycho-spiritual connection in community health interventions.
I am a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce for the British Psychological Society Health Division and the Co-Chair for the BAME network for the University of Sunderland.
My research interests are broadly within applied psychology. My PhD research evaluated a public health intervention to measure Physical Activity changes in the population. The study applied the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Health Belief Model. The study adopted a longitudinal approach and used ‘ANOVAs’ and ‘Path Analyses’ to predict psychosocial predictors associated with the intervention. I am also interested in applied health psychology and behaviour change, particularly for marginalised groups and underrepresented communities such Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities.
My other research interests include:
• Mental Health in Faith communities
• The psycho-spiritual connection in community health interventions
• Academic representation of Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities in higher education.
• Men’s health in the prison service.
- Representation in higher education for Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities communities.
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Education Settings.
- Mental wellbeing in religious and faith communities Psycho-spiritual Interventions.
- Men’s Mental Health Physical activity community interventions.
- Miah, Jolel (2019) Mental Health Education Not Entertainment. Think Modern. Million Pus 37-38.
- Miah, Jolel (2018) Mental well-being and the power of prayer. Mental Health Practice – Royal College of Nursing -14:31.
- Miah, Jolel (2018). Why public health should pay attention to the use of Health Apps? Behavioural Science Public Health Network 2 (1) : 7
Conferences and Seminars
- Miah, Jolel (2021) Can speaking to someone for 20 minutes on their doorstep change their physical activity behaviour. In: Physical Activity Symposium, PsyPAG, 29-30 Jul 2021, Leeds, UK.
- Benjamin, Jonny, Gilbert, Steve, Kessedjian, Alan, & Miah, Jolel (2021). Men’s experience. Exploring barriers to men talk about their mental. British Psychological Society. 25 January, Online, UK
- Miah, Jolel (2018). Mental Wellbeing: Spirituality and Culture. University of Bedfordshire. 12 July, Bedford UK.
- Miah, Jolel (2018) Young Minds Matter. Faith and Character. University of Bedfordshire. 3 July, Luton UK
- Curtis, Kirstina & Miah, Jolel (2017) Appiness - Apps for Improving the Publics Health and Wellbeing. Behavioural Science Public Health Network 14 Nov, Coventry UK
- Miah, Jolel (2017) Faith and Culture: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health in Luton. University of Bedfordshire 16 Feb, Luton UK
- Puthussery, Shuby & Miah Jolel., (2016) Student perspectives on co-creation of learning resources and its benefits on learner development. Higher Education Academy. Glasgow UK