My core research and academic interests include qualitative and quantitative investigations and evidence synthesis with a particular focus on the social and psychological wellbeing of refugee populations, migrant and ethnic minority communities. I am also experienced in examining the use of transcultural psycho-stimulant substances from sociological and psychological perspectives. Over the years, I have been working on several research projects including studies on geographical mobility and mental health of Somali refugees and a scoping review of personality disorder, race culture and ethnicity funded by the Department of Health (for more information on this project visit: http://www.careif.org/news_events.html). I also am involved in several research projects including the Evaluation of Enhancing Pathways Into Care (IPEC) for BME groups and a second national project evaluating the implementation of the national Delivery Race Equality programme (DRE), specifically focusing on four implementation sites (FIS). Both projects are funded by the UK Department of Health. I was awarded a project grant by the EU’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection to set up a UK website on health of migrant and ethnic minorities. 16 other partners from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Romania and Denmark are also taking part in this project. For more information, visit the following website: http://mighealth.net/.
I have been a key lecturer and tutor on Centre for Psychiatry’s Post-graduate Mental Healthcare Studies since November 2003, and its e-learning version since 2006. My core teaching and learning activities include:
- Managing and Co-ordinating our University’s MSc programme in Transcultural Mental Health and MSc in Psychological Therapies.
- Teaching on the relevant sessions on all modules of the two MSc programmes.
- Preparing all teaching and support materials for the MSc courses.
- Facilitating and delivering extra MSc tutorial sessions on research methods.
- Support student projects, including research and dissertations.
- Providing a general academic support and mentoring activities to the Msc students.
- Setting up and organizing examination papers.
- Marking and double examination papers.
- Carrying out other assessment methods.
- Oversee the work of our guest lecturers, ensuring that academic standards are maintained across all modules.
- Contributing to undergraduate group seminars.
- Overseeing the work of the MSc Course Administrator and E-Learning Education Technologist.
- Acting as the first point of academic contact for all students on the MSc programmes.
- Facilitating undergraduate and other postgraduate Problem Based Learning sessions.
Recent Teaching achievements
- Nominated for 2011 Drapers’ QMUL Award for Excellence in Teaching
- 3 students won University prizes for MSc dissertations
- MSc dissertations published in peer review journals
Warfa N., Curtis, Sarah, Watters C., Carswell, Ingleby D & Bhui K., 2012. Migration Experiences, Employment Position & psychological distress among Somali immigrants in UK/USA: A comparative International Study. BMC Public Health. 12:749
Warfa N., Bhui K., Izycki K., Jones E. 2011. Descriptions of torture and sexual violence among foreign nationals detained in the UK. Medical Record Analysis. World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review Vol.6, N.2.
Bhui K.,Mohamud S., Warfa N., Stansfeld S., Curtis S. Craig T., 2012. Forced residential mobility and social support: impacts on psychiatric disorders among Somali migrants. BMC International Health and Human Rights , 12:4
White R & Warfa N. 2011. Building Schools of Character: A case study of longitudinal investigation of a character education program's impact on school climate and pupil behaviour. The Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Adamson J., Warfa N., Bhui K. 2011. A case study of Organisational Cultural Competence in East London. BMC Health Service Research, 11:218
Bhui K, Warfa N. 2010. Trauma, Khat and Common Psychotic Symptoms: A Quantitative Study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 15;131(2):459-63.
Warfa N., Klien A., Bhui K., Leavey G., Craig T., StansfeldA.S. 2007. Khat use & mental illness: a systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 65, 309-318.
Warfa N., Bhui K., Craig T., Mohamud S., Stansfeld S., McCrone T., Thornicroft G., Curtis S. 2006. Post-migration residential mobility, mental health and health service utilization among Somali refugees in the UK: A Qualitative Study. Health & Place, 12, 503-515.
Warfa N., Bhui K., Phillips K., Nandy K., Griffiths S. 2006. Comparison of live events, substance misuse, service use and mental illness among African-Caribbean, black African and White British men in East London: a qualitative study. Diversity in Health and Social Care, 3: 111-21.
Odenwald M, Warfa N, Bhui K, Elbert T. 2010. The stimulant khat-Another door in the wall? A call for overcoming the barriers. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
T. Craig, P. Jajua, N. Warfa. 2009. Mental health care needs of refugees. Psychiatry, Volume 8, Issue 9, Pages 351-354.
Bhui K., Warfa N. 2007. Drug Consumption in Conflict Zones in Somalia. PLoS Medicine; 4(12): e354.
Bhui K., Warfa N., Edonya P., McKenzie K., Bhugra D. 2007. Cultural competence in mental health care: a review of model evaluations. BMC Health Services Research 2007, 7:15.
Bhui K., Craig. T., Mohamud S., Warfa N., Stansfeld S., Thornicroft G., Curtis S. & McCrone P. 2006. Mental disorders among Somali refugees: developing culturally appropriate measures and assessing socio-cultural risk factors. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr epidemiol. 41(5):400-8.
Bhui K., Mohamud S., Warfa N., Craig T., Stansfeld S. 2003. Cultural adaptation of mental health measures: improving the quality of clinical practice and research, British Journal of Psychiatry 2003; 183: 184-186.
McCrone P., Bhui K., Craig T., Mohamud S., Warfa N., Stansfeld S., Thornicroft G., Curtis S. 2005. Mental Health Needs, Service Use and Costs among Somali Refugees in the UK. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica; 111 (5): 351-7.
Bhui, K., Mohamud, S, & Warfa, N., 2010. Mental Health Service Provision for Asylum Seekers & Refugees (in Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers edited by Dinesh Bhugra, Tom Craig, and Kamaldeep Bhui). 2007. Oxford University Press.
Warfa N. Culture and the Mental Health of African Refugees: Somali help seeking and healing in the UK and USA. In Bhui, K. & Bhugra, D. (eds.) Culture and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook. 2007. Hodder Arnold. London.
Warfa N. & Bhui, K. Refugees & Mental Health. In Bhui, K. & Bhugra, D. (eds.) Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry. 2007. Cambridge University Press. London.
K. Bhui and N Warfa. Psychiatric diagnoses and assessment issues for refugees and asylum seekers (In Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers edited by Dinesh Bhugra, Tom Craig, and Kamaldeep Bhui). 2007. Oxford University Press.
Commissioned papers, Reports and letters
- N. Warfa. 2011. Setting up the first Patient Panel in Somaliland (Somalia). Report funded by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).
- Abdul-Hamid W.K & Warfa N. 2009. Mental Health of Iraqi Refugees. International Psychiatry. Volume, 6 (4).
- Warfa N. 2009. Mental Health Training for Primary Healthcare workers in Somalia. WHO funded Report.
- Warfa N. & Bhui, K. 2003. Refugees and Mental Health, Special topics, Psychiatry Journal. The Medicine Publishing Company Ltd. 2 (6) pp26.
- Craig T., Jajua P., Warfa N. 2006. Mental healthcare needs of refugees. Psychiatry Journal. The Medicine Publishing Company Ltd. 5 (11) pp 405-408.
- Suresh K., Warfa N., Bhui K. 2003. How to set up and run an MSc course. British Medical Journal; 327: 83-84.
- Warfa N. The Jury is still out on the effects of khat. The Independent, August 2006 (Letter).
- Warfa N. How to deal with qat and cannabis. The Guardian, September 2004 (Letter).
I review research papers and academic articles for a number of journals including:
- The British Journal of Psychiatry
- Ethnicity & Health
- Diversity in Health and Social Care
- British Medical Journal
- Hellenic Journal of Psychology
- Social Science & Medicine
- British Journal of psychiatry
- Social Psychiatry and Psychiatry Epidemiology
- BMC Journals
- Journal of Mental Health
- International Journal of Social Psychiatry
International academic presentations (mostly invited)
- Short course on Trauma and Recovery, Harvard Programme for Refugee Trauma course, November 2012.
- Workshop on suicide among immigrants in Europe. Berlin. January 2012.
- Short course on Trauma and Recovery, Harvard Programme for Refugee Trauma course, November 2011.
- International symposium on Migration and Psychological Medicine. Stockholm. Sweden. May 2011
- European Workshop on Health of Migrant and Ethnic Minority Populations. Berlin, May 2011
- International Care Conference, April, Amsterdam, 2011
- International Conference of Risk Management on Clinical Setting. Antalya. Turkey April 2011
- International conference of Cultural Psychiatry. Paris. April. 2011.
- International event on Social Work and Mental Health. Utrecht, Netherland. Jan 2011
- European Workshop: Prevention & health promotion. Bielefeld, Germany. July 2010
- European Workshop: Transcultural nursing: challenges and training. London. June 2010
- European Workshop: Migrants and ageing. Copenhagen. May 2010.
- European Workshop: Community-based research. Sevilla, Spain. April 2010.
- Conference on Migration and Health. Poitiers. France. March 2010.
- European Workshop: Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Utrecht, Holland. February 2010
- ESF-LiU Conference. Tradition, Trade and Tragedy: the changing use and misuse of catha edulis (khat) in a changing world: Scandic Linköping Väst, Sweden. (Co-chair). October 2009,
- Third International Summer School on Migration & Psychological Medicine. Stockholm, Sweden. May 2009 (Invited Expert).
- European Conference on Mighealthnet. April 2009. Brussels, Belgium. http://mighealth.net/uk/index.php/Main_Page
- European Workshop on Culture, Ethnicity and Poverty. Utrecht, Netherlands. April 2009.
- European Workshop on Measurement of Outcomes – Reggio Emilia, Italy. March 2009. http://www.ausl.re.it/HPH/FrontEnd/Home/Default.aspx?channel_id=38
- European Workshop on Cultural Competence in Healthcare – Barcelona. Spain. Nov 2008.
- European Workshop on Labour Migrants – Oslo, Norway. September 2008.
- Franco–British Workshop on Migration, Health & Well-Being. (II). Paris, France. January 2009.
- Franco–British Workshop on Migration, Health & Well-Being. (1)Paris, France. December 2007.
- Symposium on European Health and Migration. Luxembourg. Feb 2008.
- Workshop on Information network on good practice in health care for migrants and minorities in Europe. Utrecht. Netherlands. March 2008.
- International Symposium in the field of Migration, Medicine and Psychology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (invited as a Symposium facilitator). May 2007.
- Somali narratives of mental illness, healing and coping strategies. World Association of Cultural Psychiatry Congress, Beijin, China. September 2006
- Health and Socio-economic effects of Khat use- Horn of Africa Conference. University of Lund, Sweden. August 2006.
- Migration, Health and Well-Being. Comparative Perspectives from France and Britain. University of Rennes, Renne, France. June 2006.
- Khat use & mental illness. AEP Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry conference, Bordeaux, France. June 2006.
- Khat use and psychological distress. African Psychiatric Association Regional Conference- Addis Ababa – Ethiopia. April 2006.
- Post-migration social & health problems of refugees, Karolinska Institute (Video Conference). April 2006.