Research Projects

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2017-Present: PhD Exploring how to design digital tools to support men when they experience fertility problems.

I am working at UCL Interaction Centre under Professor Ann Blandford, and some thoughts of my first 12 months of my PhD can be found here.

Publications:

CSCW 2019: “I feel like only half a man”: Online Forums as a Resource for Finding a “New Normal” for Men Experiencing Fertility Issues. Dilisha Patel, Ann Blandford, Mark Warner, Jill Shawe, Judith Stephenson.
Conference: The 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

NordiCHI 2018: What are men’s user requirements towards digital health interventions whilst preparing for conception? Dilisha Patel
Conference: NordiCHI ’18 Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

MobileHCI 2018: “So You’re Planning a Baby” : a review of preconception care apps. Dilisha Patel, Ann Blandford, Judith Stephenson.
Conference: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct

April 2016- March 2017: Research Associate, Institute for Women’s Health, UCL & The Institute for Health and Human Development, UEL.

Project Manager on a pilot study to explore the acceptability of health buddies supporting women with their pre-pregnancy health behaviours in Primary Care.

Research Associate on a project exploring low birth-weight in the London borough of Newham. Funded by the Newham CCG and UCLPartners Partnership Programme, in collaboration with University of East London. Here I led a qualitative study on health professionals views, opinions and experience with low birth-weight and the development, implementation and evaluation of a co-designed intervention.

February 2012- March 2016: Research Assistant, Institute for Women’s Health, UCL.

Health Education England funded study on mobile interventions for women planning a pregnancy to improve preconception behaviours. “Start at the beginning” Trial to test the acceptability of an online intervention, Smarter Pregnancy, to improve dietary, nutritional and physical behaviours for women preparing for pregnancy.

Publications:

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. The Lancet. 391(10132) 2018.

Department of Health funded project, Pre-Pregnancy Health & Care in England (2012-2013). To determine the extent to which women plan and prepare for pregnancy and the role of health professionals.

Publications:

Preparation for fatherhood: A survey of men’s preconception health knowledge and behaviour in England. Jill Shawe, Dilisha Patel, Mark Joy, Beth Howden, Geraldine Barrett, Judith Stephenson. PLoS One. 14(3) 2019.

General practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes and views of providing preconception care: a qualitative investigation Obiamaka Ojukwu, Dilisha Patel, Judith Stephenson, Beth Howden, Jill Shawe. Upsala journal of medical sciences. 121(4) 2016.

Why do women invest in pre-pregnancy health and care? A qualitative investigation with women attending maternity services. Geraldine Barrett, Jill Shawe, Beth Howden, Dilisha Patel, Obiamaka Ojukwu, Pranav Pandya, Judith Stephenson. BMC pregnancy and childbirth 15(1) 2015.

How do women prepare for pregnancy? Preconception experiences of women attending antenatal services and views of health professionals Judith Stephenson, Dilisha Patel, Geraldine Barrett, Beth Howden, Andrew Copas, Obiamaka Ojukwu, Pranav Pandya, Jill Shawe. PloS 9(7) 2014.