MPhil/PhD Student



MPhil/PhD Student Computer Science, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London:
April 2017- Present

Undertaking a studentship at the Institute of Digital Health, UCLIC. Exploring how we can design digital health interventions to support men whilst they prepare for conception.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine September 2009 – September 2010

Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. MSc
Courses in; Reproductive & Sexual Health, Epidemiology, Family Planning Programmes, Statistical Analysis, Research Design, Gender & Health, Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health.

Kings College University September 2006 – July 2009

Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)
Courses in; Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Human Sciences.

Woodhouse College September 2004 – June 2006

A levels; Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics  As Level; English Literature



So You’re Planning a Baby? A review of preconception care apps. D.Patel, A.Blandford & J.Stephenson. (2018) MobileHCI ’18 Adjunct, September 3–6, 2018, Barcelona, Spain. DOI: 10.1145/3236112.3236121
Intervention strategies to improve nutrition and health behaviours before conception. Mary Barker, Stephan U Dombrowski, Tim Colbourn, Caroline HD Fall, Natasha M Kriznik, Wendy T Lawrence, Shane A Norris, Gloria Ngaiza, Dilisha Patel, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Falko F Sniehotta, Régine Steegers-Theunissen, Christina Vogel, Kathryn Woods-Townsend, Judith Stephenson (2018)The Lancet. 

General practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes and views of providing preconception care: a qualitative investigation. Ojukwu, O., Patel, D., Stephenson, J., Howden, B., & Shawe, J. (2016). Uppsala journal of medical sciences, 1-8.

Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? A qualitative investigation with women attending maternity services. Barrett G., Shawe J., Howden B., Patel D., Ojukwu O., Pandya P. & Stephenson J (2015). BMC Pregnancy Childbirth  doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0672-3

How Do Women Prepare for Pregnancy? Preconception Experiences of Women Attending Antenatal Services and Views of Health Professionals. Stephenson, J., Patel, D., Barrett, G., Howden, B., Copas, A., Ojukwu, O., Pandya, P. and Shawe, J. (2014). PLoS One, 9 (7), e103085-?. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103085


Patel D, Stephenson J, Shawe J, Bryer R, Irish C, Hart K, Copas A, Brima N & Steegers-Theunissen R.
Efficacy of a nutrition and lifestyle digital intervention in women planning a pregnancy: a pilot randomised controlled trial in primary care. Start at the beginning.
Annual Meeting, Institute for Women’s Health. 2014.

Shawe J, Patel D, Ojukwu O, Howden B & Stephenson J.
Preconception Care: A exploration of current knowledge & behaviour of men attending antenatal clinics in three London hospitals.
Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. 2014 & Annual Meeting, Institute for Women’s Health. 2013

Stephenson J, Shawe J, Howden B, Ojukwu O, Patel D, Pandya P, Copas A, Barrett G, Vallejo-Torres L, Morris S, Inskip H & Hanson M.
Pre-pregnancy health and care in England: Exploring Implementation and public health impact.
Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. 2014 & Annual Meeting, Institute for Women’s Health. 2013

Ojukwu O, Howden B, Patel D, Shawe J & Stephenson J.
The provision of preconception care by GPs in North London: What is provided?
Annual Meeting, Institute for Women’s Health. 2013

University College London, Research Associate: March 2016-Present

  • Low birth-weight in Newham: Definitions, Antecedents and Prevention funded by the Newham CCG / UCLPartners Partnership Programme, in collaboration with University of East London. Leading on Health Professionals views, opinions and experience with low birth-weight and the development, implementation and evaluation of a co-designed intervention.
  • Managing a pilot study to explore the acceptability of health buddies supporting women with their pre-pregnancy health behaviours in Primary Care.

University College London, Research Assistant: February 2012- March 2017

  • Health Education England funded study on mobile interventions for women planning a pregnancy to improve preconception behaviours. (2014- present) Trial coordinator
  • Department of Health funded project, Pre-Pregnancy Health & Care in England (2012-2013) Researcher
  • Planning further research through grant applications, R&D forms and Ethics forms
  • Developing preconception interventions
  • Coordination of research sites, NHS Trusts
  • Literature reviews
  • Primary data collection, conducting surveys & in-depth interviews
  • Transcribing interviews Verbatim
  • Qualitative analysis, NVivo
  • Data input, variable modification & descriptive analysis using SPSS
  • Multivariate analysis of data with STATA of confidential data
  • Writing research reports and academic papers for publication
  • Training of students and Health Visitors
  • Development of study website
Adhering to the Data Protection Act and Research Excellence Framework.

PARAS PSM, Government Medical College, Surat, Researcher: March 2011-May 2011

  •  Worked with female sex workers and their children exploring their educational rehabilitation
  •  Developed a proposal of individual study that had been ethically approved
  •  Composed study tools and carried out primary data collection, in the form of one to one interviews and questionnaires
  •  Experienced the working practise in India
  •  Worked articulately and kept accurate records of results
  •  Prepared my results of qualitative data, as well as my own ethnographic report of my experience, “My child won’t follow in my footsteps”.

MSc Dissertation: “What Factors Affect the Use of Contraception? Comparing the States of Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, India”

BSc Dissertation: “Why are high levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines indicative of poor prognosis in patients with severe sepsis?” and “The determinants of Pre-eclampsia”



CAREducation Trust, Secretary: September 2010- Present

  • Coordinator for the charity & Vice-President of the CARE Youth Society
  • Raise awareness & support for the charity, through numerous events, meetings & fundraisers
  • Project managed “The Rickshawalas” project & raised £30,000
  • Project managed “CARE Trek- Kilimanjaro 2013”. Raised over £50,000
  • Relationship management between, donors, stakeholders & local partners
  • Provide all technical & administrative support for the charity
  • Fundraising events management and coordination
  • Advisory for all supporters and collaborators of the charity
  • Composing all charity published literature & website management




  • English- 1st language.
  • Gujarati- fluent in speaking and basic reading and writing.
  • Hindi- basic speaking and understanding.


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