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Thesis Title

AyeshaFeasibility study of a psycho-social intervention program to enhance resilience and psychological well-being among care givers of stroke survivors: a randomized controlled trial.

Area of Study

  • Psychological Well-being of care workers
  • Psychological Processes involved in rehabilitation


Primary Supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale, Dean School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Educational Background

  • 2005. Masters of Science in Psychology, National Institute of Psychology Quaid - i - Azam University – Pakistan
  • 2002. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of the Punjab – Pakistan


  • University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, 2019
  • Outstanding Academic Performance and Gold Medal Award (M. Sc Psychology, 2005)
  • Roll of Honor Award (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2002)
  • Best Research Poster Award: Community Attitudes towards Mental Illness and Mental Health Services in Jazan region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2019

Research Supervision

While employed as Lecturer at the college of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Jazan University - Kingdom of Saudi Arab; supervised the following research studies at under graduate level:

  • Quality of Life of Old Age Citizens in Jazan region, Kingdom of Saudi Arab. (Jan – May 2018)
  • Geriatric Depression and related factors: A study of community living older citizens in Jazan region, Kingdom of Saudi Arab (Jan – May 2019)

Why did you choose the school of Physiotherapy?

My interest in aged care workforce sector research is the reason behind choosing School of Physiotherapy for my doctoral study. My research proposal on psychological well-being of stroke care workers was enthusiastically accepted by the school thereby endorsing the commitment of the school towards recognition of the aged care workers and strengthening of this workforce to enhance the quality of rehabilitative services provided to the survivors of chronic illnesses.

Best things so far about your study

A chance to interact with a diverse team and some of the best academic professionals in my field of study. The journey, so far, has been nothing but pleasant and very endearing. Every day I am learning something new and I am happy to engage with the veterans from whom there is plenty to learn along the way. It feels as if my entire academic journey was just a small proportion of my life and this doctorate journey will be the defining moment of my life.


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