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I am a registered Clinical Psychologist, with over 18 years' experience of working in the NHS. After completing my undergraduate degree, I completed my Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham, and then completed my Doctoral training at the University of Manchester in 2008. Since qualifying I have gained invaluable experience at the Birmingham Children's Hospital and then at the Leicester Royal Infirmary where I have worked for over nine years.
I draw upon a range of evidence based psychological models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Systemic approaches, Health psychology, mindfulness, Triple-P and Early bird (NAS).
Publications: 'The experience of postnatal depression in South Asian mothers living in Great Britain
Media Coverage: Dr Zumla comments in an ITV news piece for Mental Health Awareness week on the subject of preventative/education work around body image & its relation to mental health with schools, young people & families.
Areas of interest
I provide specialist psychologist assessments, formulations & interventions for children, adolescents and adults for a range of psychological difficulties including:
Coping and adjusting to health/medical conditions
Adherence to medication
Child behavioural problems
I draw upon a range of evidence based psychological models including Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), systemic approaches, Health Psychology, Mindfulness, Triple P & Early bird (NAS)
I have a specialist interest in Health/Medical psychology and I provide holistic psychological interventions for a variety of conditions such as Pain, Excema, Asthma, Diabetes, Gastro/Bowel, Cardiology, Neurology, and medically unexplained. I am also lead for diversity I my team, am on the diversity committee at the university & I contribute to research in this area.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Cardiac conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Physical disability
- Rheumatological conditions
- Adjustment to chronic health conditions