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Dr Shalini Ahuja is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Implementation Science at the Health Services Population Research Department, King’s College London.

Currently, she works for the ESRC funded ASPIRES ( project where she is involved in the development of context specific behavioural, structural and technological interventions aiming at optimising antibiotic usage across the surgical pathway in England, India, Rwanda and South Africa. In an advisory capacity, she is also involved in the work funded by WHO Kobe Centre where effective components of service delivery models are being identified for aging populations living with advanced chronic conditions in Lower and Middle income Countries (LMICs).

She was awarded her PhD in Health Services and Population Research from King’s College London in 2019, funded through EMERALD project and NIHR thesis writing award. Prior to this, Shalini gained a Master’s degree in Health Management, Planning and Policy from Nuffield Institute of International Health and Development at University of Leeds, UK where she was also awarded the Ruth Griffith Prize for the best overall contribution to the programme.

She has previously worked in different international public health research and implementation projects addressing health service delivery challenges in malnutrition, mental health and other non-communicable diseases. She has an interest and expertise in implementation science, health system strengthening, integrated mental and physical health care and health inequalities in LMICs.

Research Interests

  • Implementation science
  • Global Health
  • Mental Health Research
  • Integrated Mental and Physical Health Care
  • Health Inequalities
  • Mixed Methods Research


Dr Shalini Ahuja has previously taught in an MSc module on scaling up mental health interventions and contributed to teachings on implementation science in global health,  health system strengthening and service user involvement in research. She currently supervises a medical student working in the area of intervention development targeting antibiotic usage in surgery.

Expertise and Public Engagement

She presented her PhD findings in October 2017 at the House of Parliament, Westminster, was invited to commission research led by WHO Kobe Centre and Save The Children and has written blogs for the One World South Asia on the prioritisation of mental health in the Indian sub-continent.