Dr Pooja Saini

School of Psychology

I joined Liverpool John Moores University, School of Psychology as a Lecturer in Psychology in January 2018. I qualified in Psychology from University of Leicester in 2001, MSc in Addictive Behaviour at The University of Liverpool in 2003 and PhD in 2015 at The University of Manchester on the role of primary care in suicide prevention.

My research is focused at an individual-level, community-level and whole systems approach on risk management and decision-making processes for individuals, professionals, and service providers within forensic, clinical and non-clinical settings. My main research interests are in suicide and self-harm prevention particularly in young people, cancer prevention in Black and Asian Ethnic Minority Groups, reduction of health inequalities and coproduction. A key activity for me is public engagement and I aim to incorporate this in all aspects of my teaching and research.

I collaborate with key mental health charities (e.g., JWSMF, PAPYRUS, YASP, Samaritans, YPAS), and Public Health Departments. I am a member of a Suicide Prevention Operational Group and Support after Suicide Task Group which aims to integrate suicide prevention and postvention initiatives in Cheshire and Merseyside across mental health charities, NHS trusts, public health departments, transport networks, and local councillors. I am a member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), Co-Chair of the ‘Suicide Prevention in Primary Care’ Special Interest Group (SIG) with 3 colleagues from UK and 1 from Australia and a Member of European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR).

Languages

Panjabi; Punjabi
Hindi

Degrees

2015, University ofof Manchester, Greater Manchester, PhD
2003, University of Liverpool, Merseyside, MSc
2001, University of Leicester, Leicestershire, BSc

Academic appointments

Reader in Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention, School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, 2018 - present

Highlighted publications

Saini P, McIntyre J, Corcoran R, Daras K, Giebel C, Fuller E, Shelton J, Wilson T, Comerford T, Nathan R, Gabbay M. 2020. Predictors of emergency department and GP use among patients with mental health conditions: a public health survey BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 70 :E1-E8 DOI Author Url Public Url

Saini P, Loke YK, Gamble C, Altman DG, Williamson PR, Kirkham JJ. 2014. Selective reporting bias of harm outcomes within studies: findings from a cohort of systematic reviews BMJ Open, 349 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Saini P, Rose T, Downing J, Mahata B, Pilsworth S, Pemberton A, Comerford T, Wilson K, Shaw M, Harper L, Daras K, Barr B. Impact of community-based chronic obstructive pulmonary disease service, a multidisciplinary intervention in an area of high deprivation: A longitudinal matched controlled study BMJ Open, DOI Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Ashworth E, Hunt A, Chopra J, Eames C, Putwain D, duffy K, Kirkby J, mcloughlin S, Saini P. 2021. Adolescents' lockdown-induced coping experiences (ALICE) study: A qualitative exploration of early adolescents' experiences of lockdown and reintegration Advance Preprint, DOI

Blaney P, Saini P. 2021. ‘Informal families like ours seemed unaccounted for’ The Psychologist, Publisher Url Public Url

Downing J, Rose T, Saini P, Matata B, McIntosh Z, Comerford T, Wilson K, Pemberton A, Harper L, Shaw M, Daras K, Barr B. 2020. Impact of a community-based cardiovascular disease service intervention in a highly deprived area Heart, 106 :374-379 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Saini P, McIntyre J, Corcoran R, Daras K, Giebel C, Fuller E, Shelton J, Wilson T, Comerford T, Nathan R, Gabbay M. 2020. Predictors of emergency department and GP use among patients with mental health conditions: a public health survey BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 70 :E1-E8 DOI Author Url Public Url

Brown SL, Beesley H, Holcombe C, Saini P, Salmon P. 2019. Warranting the decision-maker, not the decision: How healthcare practitioners evaluate the legitimacy of patients' unprompted requests for risk-reducing mastectomy PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING, 102 :1446-1451 DOI Author Url Public Url

McElroy E, McIntyre J, Bentall R, Wilson T, Holt K, Kullu C, Nathan R, Kerr A, Panagaki K, McKeown M, Saini P, Gabbay M, Corcoran R. 2019. Mental health, deprivation, and the neighbourhood social environment: a network analysis Clinical Psychological Science, DOI Author Url Public Url

Carden LJ, Saini P, Seddon C, Evans E, Taylor PJ. 2019. Shame, social deprivation, and the quality of the voice-hearing relationship Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Carden L, Saini P, Taylor P, Seddon C, Watkins M. 2018. Shame and the psychosis continuum: A systematic review of the literature Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson de Cuevas R, Saini P, Roberts D, Beaver K, Chandrashekar M, Jain A, Kotas E, Tahir N, Ahmed S, Brown SL. 2018. A systematic review of barriers and enablers to South Asian women’s attendance for asymptomatic screening of breast and cervical cancers in emigrant countries BMJ Open, 8 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Saini P, Chantler K, Kapur N. 2018. GPs’ views and perspectives on patient non-adherence to treatment in primary care prior to suicide Journal of Mental Health, 27 :112-119 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Saini P, Henshall C, Brett J, Watson E, Smith L. 2017. Interventions to improve the uptake of breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening in South Asian women living in high income countries Prospero International prospective register of systematic reviews, Publisher Url Public Url

Fielden HG, Brown SL, Saini P, Beesley H, Salmon P. 2017. How do women at increased breast cancer risk perceive and decide between risks of cancer and risk-reducing treatments? A synthesis of qualitative research Psycho-Oncology, 26 :1254-1262 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brown SL, Whiting D, Fielden HG, Saini P, Beesley H, Holcombe C, Holcombe S, Greenhalgh L, Fairburn L, Salmon P. 2017. Qualitative analysis of how patients decide that they want risk-reducing mastectomy, and the implications for surgeons in responding to emotionally-motivated patient requests Gupta S. PLOS ONE, 12 :e0178392-e0178392 DOI Author Url Public Url

Saini P, Chantler K, While D, Kapur N. 2016. Do GPs want or need formal support following a patient suicide?: a mixed methods study Family Practice, 33 :414-420 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Hunt IM, Clements C, Saini P, Rahman MS, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N, Windfuhr K. 2016. Suicide after absconding from inpatient care in England: an exploration of mental health professionals’ experiences Journal of Mental Health, 25 :245-253 DOI Author Url

Saini P, Chantler K, Kapur N. 2015. General practitioners’ perspectives on primary care consultations for suicidal patients Health & Social Care in the Community, 24 :260-269 DOI Author Url

Saini P, Loke YK, Gamble C, Altman DG, Williamson PR, Kirkham JJ. 2014. Selective reporting bias of harm outcomes within studies: findings from a cohort of systematic reviews BMJ Open, 349 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Saini P, While D, Chantler K, Windfuhr K, Kapur N. 2014. Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk in Primary Care Crisis, 35 :415-425 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Da Cruz D, Pearson A, Saini P, Miles C, While D, Swinson N, Williams A, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N. 2011. Emergency department contact prior to suicide in mental health patients EMERGENCY MEDICINE JOURNAL, 28 :467-471 DOI Author Url

Saini P, Windfuhr K, Pearson A, Da Cruz D, Miles C, Cordingley L, While D, Swinson N, Williams A, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N. 2010. Suicide prevention in primary care: General practitioners' views on service availability BMC Research Notes, 3 DOI

Pearson A, Saini P, Da Cruz D, Miles C, While D, Swinson N, Williams A, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N. 2009. Primary care contact prior to suicide in individuals with mental illness BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 59 :825-832 DOI Author Url

Windfuhr K, While D, Hunt I, Turnbull P, Lowe R, Burns J, Swinson N, Shaw J, Appleby L, Kapur N. 2008. Suicide in juveniles and adolescents in the United Kingdom JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, 49 :1155-1165 DOI Author Url

Saini P, Anderson DeCuevas R, Roberts D, Beaver K, Chandrashekar M, Jain A, Kotas E, Tahir N, Brown S. A systematic review on social, cultural and individual influences on the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours of South Asian women regarding asymptomatic screening for female cancers PROSPERO CRD42015025284, Author Url

Saini P, Rose T, Downing J, Mahata B, Pilsworth S, Pemberton A, Comerford T, Wilson K, Shaw M, Harper L, Daras K, Barr B. Impact of community-based chronic obstructive pulmonary disease service, a multidisciplinary intervention in an area of high deprivation: A longitudinal matched controlled study BMJ Open, DOI Author Url Public Url

Chopra J, Saini P, Clements C, Gardner K, Latham C, Kumar R, Taylor P. Identifying suicide and self-harm research priorities in North West England: a Delphi study Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Public Url

Saini P, McIntyre J, Corcoran R, Konstantinos D, Giebel C, Fuller E, Shelton J, Wilson T, Comerford T, Nathan R, Gabbay M. Social and Mental Health Predictors of Emergency Department and General Practitioner Usage British Journal of General Practice, Public Url

Report

Ashworth E, McLoughlin S, Saini P, Chopra J, Eames C, Hunt A. 2021. Young people's mental health and wellbeing in the north west during the COVID-19 pandemic: The ALICE study evidence briefing Public Url

Timpson H, Oyston J, McCoy E, Quigg Z, Saini P. 2020. A Review of the Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention Training Offer across Cheshire and Merseyside

Ashworth E, Saini P, Chopra J, Hunt A. 2020. Caring for your wellbeing during COVID-19: Advice for young people

Saini P, Whelan G, Briggs S. 2019. QUALITATIVE EVALUATION SIX MONTHS REPORT James’ Place Internal Evaluation

Chopra J, Saini P, Timpson H, Boland J. Evaluation One Year Summary Report. James' Place Internal Evaluation Evaluation One Year Summary Report. James' Place Internal Evaluation

Conference publication

Smith L, Howcutt S, Saini P, Brett J, Henshall C, Watson E. 2020. Barriers to home bowel screening test in South Asians in the UK EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 30 Author Url

Smith L, Howcutt S, Saini P, Brett J, Henshall C, Walson E. 2020. DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY-BASED INTERVENTION TO INCREASE UPTAKE OF HOME BOWEL CANCER SCREENING IN SOUTH ASIANS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 74 :A49-A50 DOI Author Url

Saini P. A systematic review of barriers and enablers to South Asian women’s attendance for asymptomatic screening of breast and cervical cancers 3rd World Congress on Women’s Health & Breast Cancer DOI Author Url

Saini P, Chantler K, Kapur N. A GPs Conundrum: A qualitative study exploring GP-suicidal patient interactions and treatment prior to suicide XXVII World Congress of IASP

Saini P, Gamble C, Loke Y, Altman D, Williamson P, Kirkham J. Understanding the process and impact of within-study selective reporting bias for harm outcomes (ORBIT II – Outcome Reporting Bias in Trials) Author Url

Saini P, Chantler K, Kapur N. GPs’ views and perspectives on patient non-adherence to treatment in primary care prior to suicide

Saini P. Good examples of the benefits that public involvement can bring to research 1st Implementation Science Research Conference

Saini P. Community Outpatient Psychological Engagement for Self-harm (COPES): A feasibility trial 17th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour, 17-21 Sept 2018

Saini P, Abbate L, Brown R. The impact of Amparo, a suicide postvention service, on those bereaved or affected by suicide Suicide Bereavement Conference UK 2018

Editorial/letter to the editor

McElroy E, McIntyre J, Bentall R, Wilson T, Holt K, Kullu C, Nathan R, Kerr A, Panagaki K, McKeown M, Saini P, Gabbay M. 2020. Mental Health, Deprivation, and the Neighborhood Social Environment: A Rejoinder to Eres, Harrington, and Lim (2020) Clinical Psychological Science, DOI Author Url

Saini P, Kullu C, Mullin E, Boland J, Taylor P. Title: Rapid access to brief psychological treatments for self-harm and suicidal crisis British Journal of General Practice, DOI Author Url

Research Grants Awarded:

Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, A mixed method study to evaluate service delivery for mental health service users with complex needs, Taj Nathan, Antony Martin, Jason McIntyre, Grant value (£): 268,968, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2020

Wirral Borough Council, Review, mapping and evaluation of the self-harm and suicide prevention training offer across Cheshire & Merseyside, Hannah Timpson, Jane Oyston, Ellie McCoy, Dr Zara Quigg, Grant value (£): 17,384, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2020

National Institute for Health Reserach: Research for Patient Benefit, Community Outpatient Psychotherapy Engagement Service for Self-harm (COPESS): A feasibility trial, Dr Caroline Clements, University of Manchester, Dr Cecil Kullu, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Mark Hann, University of Manchester , Professor Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool, Catherine Mills, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Helen Mulholland, University of Liverpool & Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Peter Taylor, University of Manchester, Dr Felicity Mattocks, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Professor Elspeth Guthrie, University of Leeds, Dr Rui Duarte, University of Liverpool, Grant value (£): 253707. 2019

LJMU REF Upskilling programme, 1 year evaluation of a suicide prevention service for men in Liverpool, Pooja Saini, Mentor, LJMU, Grant value (£): £1100, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2019

University of Central Lancashire, Suicide and self-harm research conference north west, Kathryn Gardenr, Grant value (£): 500, Duration of research project: one day. 2019

Mark McQueen Foundation, A feasibility study of the effectiveness and acceptability of Postvention Liaison Services for Individuals Bereaved by Suicide, Grant value (£): £61,059, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2019

James Wentwrth-Stanley Memorial Trust Fund, Evaluation of James’ Place Non-Clinical Crisis Centre, Stephen Briggs, Gayle Whelan, Grant value (£): 27,575, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2018

Bowel Cancer UK, Development of a community based intervention to increase bowel cancer screening uptake in South Asians living in a diverse area of Oxford City, Lesley Smith, Eila Watson, Jo Brett, Cathy Henshall, Grant value (£): £24,681, Duration of research project: 15 months. 2018

Liverpool City Council, Lessons learnt throughout the design and process of implementing the Inequalities in Bowel Cancer Screening Intervention in Liverpool, Sue Povall, Taher Qassim, Gavin Flatt, Grant value (£): 5000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Award:

Faculty of Health Outstanding Supervisors Award, LJMU. 2020

Public Service Award, National Asian Women's Achievement Awards 2018, https://www.awaawards.com/our-alumni-category/2018/. 2018

Cochrane Bill Silverman Prize 2015, Cochrane Community, http://www.outcome-reporting-bias.org/Home/ShowNews/4. 2015

Membership of professional bodies:

Assistant Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020

Special Interest Group Member, The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). 2019

Chartered Psychologist Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society.

Conference organisation:

Suicide and Self-Harm Research North West (SSHaReNoW) Conference, Organiser - Senior Lecturer. 2019

Suicide and Self-Harm Research Expertise North West (SSHaRE NoW) Conference: Research Priorities, Organiser. 2017

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. 2018

Media Coverage:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/male-suicide-liverpool-crisis-support-14904373, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-44539336, Opening of James' Place in Liverpool.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/uk-women-of-south-asian-backgrounds-are-hiding-cancer-a3606351.html, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40802527, https://www.omicsonline.org/speaker/pooja-saini-the-university-of-liverpool-uk/, Cancer screening and South Asian Women.

Other Professional Activity:

PI on project looking at short and long term impact of Covid-19 lockdown on school age children.

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