Dr Rabiya Majeed-Ariss


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow on the MiMoS project in March 2019. This is a national mixed-method study investigating the effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres with regard to mental health and substance use.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds in 2011. My PhD focused on understanding self-management of Type 2 Diabetes in black, Asian and minority ethnic groups using a health literacy framework. Subsequently, I have undertaken postdoctoral appointments at the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Four of my post-doc projects have involved undertaking research in long-term conditions; all of which employed different methodologies: qualitative in renal, quantitative in urology, systematic reviews in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and priority setting partnership in psoriasis.

For the previous four years I have been at Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre and have developed expertise in the area of sexual assault research through my work on various projects in this domain: mental health, learning disabilities, SARC service-user experience, SARC staff experiences, child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Research interests

Sexual violence - vulnerable groups

Psychosocial determinants of health

Qualitative research

Systematic reviews


  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD

Research groups and institutes

  • Mental health (Healthcare)