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Dr Ruqayya Sulaiman-Hill imageSenior Research Fellow

BA Hons (Cant), PGDipIntHealth & PhD (Curtin)


Dr Ruqayya Sulaiman-Hill is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch.

She has a PhD in International Health from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies from New Zealand, as well as a professional background in Medical Laboratory Science.

Her current research focus is on the psychological impact of traumatic events, especially for refugee and migrant communities.

She is a co-Principal investigator on the HRC and CMRF funded March 15 Project, assessing the impacts of the March 15 terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Muslim community.  She is also helping to coordinate an international study to obtain data and to validate translations of a newly-developed Covid Psychosocial Impacts Scale in several Muslim majority countries.


Sulaiman-Hill, R., Porter, R., Schluter, P., Beaglehole, B., Dean, S., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., & Bell, C. (2024). Research following trauma in minority ethnic and faith communities: Lessons from a study of the psychosocial sequelae of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks. BJPsych Open, 10(1), 1-4. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2023.641

Tanveer, S., Schluter, P. J., Beaglehole, B., Porter, R. J., Boden, J., Sulaiman-Hill, R., Scarf, D., Dean, S., … Bell, C. (2023). The COVID Psychosocial Impacts Scale: A reliable and valid tool to examine the psychosocial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 5990. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20115990

Bell, C., & Sulaiman-Hill, R. (2022, September). Early findings from the March 15 terror attacks study. Invited presentation at the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Sulaiman-Hill, R. C., Porter, R., Tanveer, S., Boden, J., Beaglehole, B., Schluter, P. J., Dean, S., & Bell, C. (2021). Psychosocial impacts on the Christchurch Muslim community following the 15 March terrorist attacks: A mixed-methods study protocol. BMJ Open, 11(10), e055413. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055413

Bell, C., Beaglehole, B., Bell, R., Tanveer, S., Sulaiman-Hill, R., Boden, J., & Porter, R. (2021). Learning from previous disasters: Potential pitfalls of epidemiological psychosocial research in the COVID-19 environment. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 55(7), 646-649. doi: 10.1177/0004867421998783

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