Sundus completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health Psychology at University College London. She has previously worked at Sheffield Children’s Hospital as a Research Project Manager where she managed an NIHR funded research project for the delivery of a study investigating the health status in children and young people with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. She also interned at Public Health England and worked mainly within the remit of work, worklessness and health. She also helped organise PHE national conferences where she liaised with speakers and facilitated workshops, including “Everybody Active Every Day” and “Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People and Communities”. She worked collaboratively to develop a set of tools for businesses including a Return on Investment tool and a Health Needs Assessment tool, and contributed to writing and editing rapid reviews, conference reports and health promotion material. Before that, she took a Research Assistant position at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust where she worked on a number of projects including a survey on improving access to NHS mental health services amongst Black Minority Ethnics in the Bradford District and an evaluation of a complex Stop Delirium! intervention for the prevention of delirium in care homes. She has volunteered at the Forced Migration Trauma Service, as an Assistant Psychologist, where she cared for the mental health and wellbeing of refugees escaping war-torn countries. Her role emphasised the importance of psychometric measures and audit to track patient recovery and improve service delivery. Her research interests are, behaviour change, weight gain prevention, childhood obesity, health policy.
Sundus has completed numerous health economics and decision modelling modules at ScHARR, including: Economic Evaluation, Cost–effectiveness Modelling for Health Technology Assessment; Advanced Simulation Methods; valuing the benefits of healthcare; Further Statistical Methods for Health Economic Analysis; Using Policy to Strengthen Health Systems, and Nutritional Epidemiology. She has also had the opportunity to attend external training courses, including a 4 day intensive course on Decision Analysis in R for Technologies in Health and an introduction to policy evaluation for public health. In addition, she has attended relevant workshops and conferences.
Title of PhD
Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of sugar-reduction population-level interventions and policies
Jim Chilcott, Nicola Buckland
Sundus’s PhD is specifically looking at investigating the short-term effectiveness of a dietary digital intervention (Change4Life Food Scanner app) in reducing children’s sugar consumption through parental behaviour change. In order to achieve this, she will be undertaking a number of steps: 1) conduct a systematic review of economic evaluations and cost-effectiveness studies of childhood dietary interventions; 2) design and implement a pilot randomised controlled trial; 3) develop a dietaryfocused childhood obesity prevention economic model to estimate the long term costs and health impacts of the Food Scanner app.
In 2018, Sundus did an oral presentation at the 5th UK Congress on Obesity 2018 on the relationship between meal times, calorie consumption and weight status amongst children:
Caton, S., Dickerson, A., & Mahdi, S. (2018). Abstracts from the 5th UK Congress on Obesity 2018: Oral presentation abstracts. The relationship between meal times, calorie consumption and weight status amongst children. International Journal of Obesity Supplements, 8, 6-13
“I would highly recommend this course to individuals who have an interest in multidisciplinary research, embedding elements of public health, health economics and decision science. Although it is an intensive programme, the benefits, knowledge and skills acquired along the way are invaluable”.