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Dr Sian Oram

Sian Oram

Dr Siân Oram is a Lecturer in Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London.  She holds a PhD and MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA from the University of Cambridge.


Siân's work aims to reduce the risk and impact of violence through qualitative, epidemiological, and intervention research, with a particular focus on human trafficking and domestic violence.  She conducts mixed methods research, with her most recent work including survey and qualitative research with trafficked people, qualitative research with health and other professionals, clinical informatics studies, and systematic reviews.  Her work is cited in the recent NICE guideline on domestic violence and in the 2013 and 2014 reports of the Chief Medical Officer. 


Siân is the Deputy Director (KCL) of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which aims to help the Department of Health and others involved in making nationwide plans for mental health services to make decisions based on good evidence.  Previously, Siân managed an NIHR research programme to inform the NHS response to human trafficking. For more information, see the PROTECT (Provider Responses, Treatment, and Care for Trafficked People) project page.   She regularly participates in advisory and stakeholder groups on human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and was recently awarded a British Council Travel grant to attend an international workshop on Violence Against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts to build partnerships between institutions.  


Siân holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice for Higher Education and co-leads the Women's Mental Health module for third-year BSc Psychology students and the Section's Women's Mental Health short course.  She is also the PhD Admissions Tutor for the Health Service Research Department.  She is primary supervisor to Sohail Jannesari, an ESRC-funded PhD student investigating impact of the asylum process on mental health, and to Dr Marilia Calcia, an MDRes student investigating the role of mental health services in responding to domestic violence perpetration.  She is also third supervisor to Katherine Saunders, a NIHR-funded PhD student investigating the association between mental disorder and domestic violence perpetration

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