PhD Student



PhD Student Computer Science, UCL Interaction Centre, Institute of Digital Health, 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 are struggling to conceive.

Associated publications below.

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


University College London, Research Associate: April 2016- March 2017

  • 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 qualitative study on health professionals views, opinions and experience with low birth-weight and the development, implementation and evaluation of a co-designed intervention.
  • Project Manager: 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 2016

  • Health Education England funded study on mobile interventions for women planning a pregnancy to improve preconception behaviours.
  • Department of Health funded project, Pre-Pregnancy Health & Care in England (2012-2013)
  • Developing preconception mhealth interventions
  • Literature reviews
  • Primary data collection: conducting surveys & in-depth interviews
  • Transcribing interviews, and qualitative analysis, NVivo
  • Quantitative data input, cleaning and management
  • Quantitative descriptive data analysis, SPSS
  • Multivariate analysis of data with STATA
  • Development of study website

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

  •  Worked with female sex workers and their children exploring their educational rehabilitation
  •  Composed study tools and carried out primary data collection:  one to one interviews and questionnaires
  •  Prepared my results of qualitative data, as well as 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”


Link to my Google Scholar Profile: Dilisha Patel


What are men’s user requirements towards digital health interventions whilst preparing for conception?  D.Patel (2018) The 10th NordiCHI Conference 2018, Oslo, Norway. Doctoral Consortium.
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
Preconception Care
Preparation for fatherhood: A survey of men’s preconception health knowledge and behaviour in England  J Shawe, D Patel, M Joy, B Howden, G Barrett, J Stephenson. (2019). PloS one 14 (3), e0213897

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

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. Patel D, Stephenson J, Shawe J, Bryer R, Irish C, Hart K, Copas A, Brima N & Steegers-Theunissen R.


CAREducation Trust, Trustee & Secretary: September 2010- Present

  • Promoted to Charity Trustee in 2019.
  • Coordinator since 2013 & Charity secretary since 2017.
  • Vice-President of the CARE Youth Society since 2011
  • International project management with grass root charities and organisations.
  • Relationship management between, donors, stakeholders & local partners
  • Provide technical & administrative support for the charity
  • Fundraising events management and coordination
  • Advisory for all supporters and collaborators of the charity
  • Composing charity published literature & website management
  • Project managed “The Rickshawalas” project & raised £30,000
  • Project managed “CARE Trek- Kilimanjaro 2013”. Raised over £50,000



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

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