Research Assistant


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Dr Stella Arakelyan (MD, MPH, MScIH, PhD) is a post-doctoral Research Assistant at the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD).

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Dr Stella Arakelyan is a public health researcher specializing in prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and population health promotion. She has over 12 years of research experience in maternal and child health promotion. Stella currently has a particular interest in the social implications of NCDs for vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on access to health services.

In 2007, Stella held a research position at the School of Public Health, American University of Armenia exploring triggers for Familial Mediterranean Fever. In 2016, she worked as a Research Officer in the Firefly Research, Queen Margaret University. She then obtained a PhD at Queen Margaret University investigating personal characteristics, family circumstances, and community-based participation of children with disabilities aged 10-12 in the United Kingdom.

Stella joined the IGHD as a Research Assistant in the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility (RUHF) in September 2019. Stella's work contributes to the "Global Strand: NCDs in Situations of Fragility" component within the RUHF. She is also supporting research looking at health system responses to NCDs and mental health problems in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Stella holds an MD from Yerevan State Medical University (Armenia), a Master’s in Public Health from the School of Public Health, American University of Armenia, an MSc in International Health jointly from Queen Margaret University and KIT Royal Tropical Institute (Netherlands) and a PhD from Queen Margaret University.

Find her ResearchGate and Twitter profiles here.

Active research interests:

• Population health promotion
• Children’s health promotion
• Non-communicable diseases
• Health services utilization in low-and middle-income countries
• Social determinants of health

Research Methods:

• Systematic and other types of literature reviews (scoping review, narrative review)
• Meta-analysis
• Mixed-methods
• Quantitative research methods (multivariable regression modelling, structural equation modelling, survival analysis and factor analysis)

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Stella contributes to Masters level modules in Programme Planning and Implementation, Research Methods at the Faculty of Public Health, Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Armenia. She is currently supervising Masters level students at YSMU, Armenia.