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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Sandra Jumbe


Health Services Researcher & RDS London Adviser

Telephone: 020 7882 3448


Sandra is a health psychologist with expertise in health research and behaviour change solutions. This essentially focuses on how biological, social, and psychological factors influence health and illness. She has experience in developing health interventions in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Her current research interests include developing complex interventions for non-communicable diseases and understanding mental health in sub-Saharan Africa. She previously worked in the National Health Service (NHS) as a primary care and mental health researcher, an assistant psychologist and in research governance. She has also independently delivered consultancy work around tailored stress management in organisations. Alongside her research work, Sandra is a general adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service London team based at Queen Mary University. This role involves supporting health professionals and researchers within the North East London area to develop their research ideas into full funding applications to the NIHR and other peer reviewed funders.


Research Interests:

Complex interventions for preventing and managing non-communicable diseases, understanding mental health in sub-Saharan Africa, mixed methods research

Recent and ongoing research projects:

Substance use and mental health literacy among young people in Malawi – chief investigator for GCRF QMUL funded project to enhance mental health literacy and develop preventive interventions for substance use in youth. Involves collaborations with the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Millennium University, Drug Fight Malawi and Malawi Ministry of Education.

Happy Hub – project lead for ‘Happy Hub’ funded by the MedTech Superconnector, which aims to improve workplace productivity for large organisations through effective stress management. For more information please go to

STOP Trial – researcher on the Smoking Treatment Optimisation Programme (STOP), funded by the National Institute for (NIHR) through the Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) scheme. The STOP Trial is looking to improve the NHS Stop Smoking

Service that is delivered in local community pharmacies by training pharmacy staff in behaviour change skills and techniques.

Psychologically led NHS weight management services – exploring and reviewing mental health impact of NHS specialist interventions for obesity

Research Groups:

Research Design Service


Jumbe S, James WY, Madurasinghe V, Steed L, Sohanpal R, Yau TK, Taylor S, Eldridge S, Griffiths C, Walton R. Evaluating NHS Stop Smoking Service engagement in community pharmacies using simulated smokers: fidelity assessment of a theory-based intervention. BMJ open. 2019 May 1;9(5):e026841.

Sohanpal R, Jumbe S, James WY, Steed L, Yau T, Rivas C, Madurasinghe V, Houlihan C, Berdunisov V, Taylor M, Taylor SJ. Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Smoking Treatment Optimisation in Pharmacies (STOP) intervention: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2019 Dec;20(1):337.

Jumbe, S., & Meyrick, J. (2018). Contrasting views of the post-bariatric surgery experience between patients and their practitioners: A qualitative study. Obesity surgery, 28(8), 2447-2456.

Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Hyland, P., Brewin, C. R., Cloitre, M., Jumbe, S., ... & Roberts, N. P. (2018). The role of negative cognitions, emotion regulation strategies, and attachment style in complex posttraumatic stress disorder: Implications for new and existing therapies. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(2), 177-185.

Jumbe, S., Hamlet, C., & Meyrick, J. (2017). Psychological aspects of bariatric surgery as a treatment for obesity. Current obesity reports, 6(1), 71-78. Jumbe, S., Bartlett, C., Jumbe, S. L., & Meyrick, J. (2016). The effectiveness of bariatric surgery on long term psychosocial quality of life–A systematic review. Obesity research & clinical practice, 10(3), 225-242.

Hyland, P., Shevlin, M., Brewin, C. R., Cloitre, M., Downes, A. J., Jumbe, S., ... & Roberts, N. P. (2017). Validation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD using the International Trauma Questionnaire. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 136(3), 313-322

Steed, L., Sohanpal, R., James, W. Y., Rivas, C., Jumbe, S., Chater, A., ... & Greenhalgh, T. (2017). Equipping community pharmacy workers as agents for health behaviour change: developing and testing a theory-based smoking cessation intervention. BMJ open, 7(8), e015637.

Nollett, C. L., Bray, N., Bunce, C., Casten, R. J., Edwards, R. T., Hegel, M. T., Jumbe, S., ... & Smith, D. J. (2016). High prevalence of untreated depression in patients accessing low-vision services. Ophthalmology, 123(2), 440-441.

Nollett, C. L., Bray, N., Bunce, C., Casten, R. J., Edwards, R. T., Hegel, M. T., Jumbe, S., ... & Smith, D. J. (2016). Depression in visual impairment trial (Depvit): a randomized clinical trial of depression treatments in people with low vision. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 57(10), 4247-4254.