Humaira Hussain

Dr Humaira Hussain

  • Lecturer in Health Sciences
  • Bournemouth House B208, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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I am a Lecturer in Health Sciences at Bournemouth University and have a strong academic and research background in Health, Clinical and Educational Psychology. I completed BSc honours Psychology, a Masters in Applied Psychology, PGCE and DProf with BU.

I have worked as a Psychiatric Bank HCA with depressed patients and psychogeriatrics. I have worked as a Research Psychologist with drug addicts and Alzheimer patients. Additionally, I have a strong teaching and lecturing background and was Head of Psychology at The Purbeck School, Wareham for ten years and Curriculum Lead at Sarum Academy in Salisbury. I have been an Adult Education tutor for Poole Adult Education and have been an external examiner for AQA Psychology for 15 years.

I completed a Doctorate in Professional Practice (2004-2010) looking at the impact of job strain and burnout from the inclusion of disruptive students in mainstream teaching with Secondary School teachers. This has led onto more Health Education and Promotion research based around the use of interactive digital technology in health and social care settings...



My research focuses on health promotion and the use of interactive digital technologies. I am interested in working with different participant populations, from secondary school pupils, undergraduates, pregnant smokers to drug addicts and alcoholics.

A new research collaboration has been formed with Prof. Vanessa Heaslip and Dr Mariam Vahdaninia around SELDOM heard voices in Learning Disability Pregnant women. The fostering rate for this cohort is high due to cognitive impairments and poor parenting skills. I am the lead academic researcher on this project and am working with Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen from BU CMMPH. We are also working in partnership with Poole NHS Maternity Services.

We have decided to phase this research and are conducting research on teaching pregnant teenagers practical parenting skills using virtual baby simulator dolls. This study will be a pilot feasibility study to assess the use of high fidelity baby dolls with vulnerable pregnant women. This has not been done before and is a novel area of research as studies using the virtual babies have been conducted in school and university environments. As yet there is limited research on the use of virtual baby simulators in healthcare environments.

The plan of action will be to involve MSc students to carry out a scoping review on the fostering issues of children born to women with learning disabilities. This will then lead to publications and research outputs for REF 2020. As the lead researcher, i will be able to apply for NIHR funding for the learning disability research project.


  • Hussain, H., Jomeen, J., Hayter, M. and Tweheyo, R., 2019. Implications for school nurses using simulator dolls to manage unplanned teen pregnancy. British journal of School Nursing, 14 (4), 177-188.
  • Hussain, H. and Pourzanjani, P., 2019. Case Study: Student experiences of interacting with simulator dolls to assist understanding of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on prenatal development. In: Jessop, T. and O'Beirne, R., eds. Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2018 22 June 2018 Solent University. Solent University:

Journal Articles

  • Hussain, H., Jomeen, J., Hayter, M. and Tweheyo, R., 2019. Implications for school nurses using simulator dolls to manage unplanned teen pregnancy. British journal of School Nursing, 14 (4), 177-188.


  • Cescutti-Butler, L. and Hussain, H., 2020. Making discoveries through research: midwifery students' perceptions of their role when caring for pregnant women who misuse substances: neonatal simulators as creative pedagogy. In: Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference 5 May 2020 online.
  • Hussain, H. and Pourzanjani, P., 2019. Case Study: Student experiences of interacting with simulator dolls to assist understanding of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on prenatal development. In: Jessop, T. and O'Beirne, R., eds. Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2018 22 June 2018 Solent University. Solent University:
  • Hussain, H., 2007. A Reflexive Case Study Addressing the Relationship between Teacher Stress and the Inclusion and Exclusion of Disruptive Pupils in a UK Secondary School. In: BERA Institute for Learning conference 8 September 2007 London, England.



  • COMPAQS: CO Monitoring Pregnancy Aid to Quit Smoking (Medical Research Council, 31 Mar 2020). In Progress
  • COMPAQS pre development market review and scoping review of efficacy of NRT in smoking cessation during pregnancy (ACORN, 31 May 2019). In Progress
  • COMPARES: CO Monitoring Pregnancy Aid to Reduce Exposure to Smoking (Bournemouth University UoA Pump Prime, 11 Jun 2018). Awarded
  • Using FAS (Foetal Alcohol) and DAS (Drug Affected) simulators to facilitate student perceptions and understanding of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on prenatal development (SEED Funding bid. Southampton Solent University, 15 Jan 2018). Awarded
  • The use of research and interactive digital technology to inform teaching and learning. (Sarum St Michael Educational Charity, 19 Jun 2017). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • NIHR HTA, NIHR HTA Peer Reviewer (2019-)

Internal Responsibilities

  • ECR member of the REF Circumstances board, REF Circumstances board

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • I approached EDAS in September 2019 to discuss delivering a workshop to problem substance users around the impact of teratogens on foetal development using neonate simulators. This will run December 2019 and will be an opportunity for the public to learn about the impact of toxins on a baby's development in the womb. This will involve showcasing the Foetal Alcohol Simulator (FAS) doll and the Drug Affected Simulator (DAS) doll. The FAS doll is a static manikin illustrating the impact of continuous alcohol gestation during pregnancy and shows the atypical symptoms including low body weight, small structure and facial phenotypes. In contrast the DAS doll is a medium fidelity manikin which demonstrates withdrawal symptoms for heroin addicted babies. The audience will interact with the dolls to understand issues of teratogenesis during gestation and consider the impact for FAS children and babies suffering withdrawal symptoms.
  • As the PI on the COMPAQS smoking cessation in pregnancy project, I set up a collaboration with Maddison Limited business product development manager, Louise Bradley. A telephone conference meeting was then arranged between the COMPAQS team members at BU, Neil White the software and user experience expert and Louise to discuss a full working collaboration and invitation to join the COMPAQS research. As a result of this meeting, Maddison Limited are now working with us after signing an NDA.
  • I am collaborating with BU Midwifery students and Psychology students at Southampton Solent University on a creative pedagogy research project using Foetal Alcohol and Drug Affected Simulator dolls.
  • A collaboration has been formed between BU CMMPH, BU SciTech and Poole NHS Maternity Service. We are collaborating on a research project to reduce the number of pregnant smokers smoking during and after pregnancy. We have designed a proof of concept of a smoking cessation wearable device. The device is a CO monitoring watch that monitors carbon monoxide in the air particularly being sensitive to cigarette smoke. The wearable alarms the wearer of the damage being done to the foetus via an vibration mode and visual display image of damage being done to the organs of a foetus. The wearable will be worn by pregnant smokers who attend the Smoking cessation clinic at Poole NHS Maternity Service. Pregnant smokers taking part in the study will be randomly allocated to condition 1: Wearable with stop smoking service counselling pathway or Condition 2: stop smoking service counselling pathway. The participants in condition 1 will wear the wearable for a 4 week period and data from the wearable will be downloaded to a real time processor which will assess the reaction time to reduce the CO level. The aim is to assess the effectiveness of the wearable in improving smoking cessation statistics at Poole NHS Maternity Services. We also wish to assess whether the wearable is more effective alone or in combination with the Antenatal smoking cessation pathway at Poole NHS Maternity Service.
  • Mothers Union based with Diocese of Salisbury are a Christian charity that run the virtual baby project in Secondary Schools in Dorset. Hampshire and Wiltshire. I worked with them as a post doctoral researcher evaluating the virtual baby project. This resulted in a research collaboration with the Diocese of Salisbury communications co-ordinator, Sarum Academy and Hull university

Conference Presentations

  • ECR Showcase conference 12th September, Virtual Baby Simulators as Interactive Digital Technology in Health and Social Care research, 12 Sep 2018, Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth
  • Maternal Mental Health Association conference- Diversity reaching marginalised communities, SELDoM (self efficacy learning disability maternity project) heard voices, 06 Sep 2018, Imperial College London

Consultancy Activities

  • Dorset Community Action group, Funding Fair. Dorset Community Action

Attended Training

  • Medical science SIA launch, 17 Apr 2019
  • Making the most of your CV: Career and pay progression, 15 Apr 2019
  • Writing day systematic and scoping reviews, 08 Apr 2019
  • RCDS session 5, 03 Apr 2019
  • RCDS session 4, 20 Mar 2019
  • RCDS session 3, 05 Mar 2019
  • Technical bid writing workshop, 04 Mar 2019
  • RCDS session 2, 27 Feb 2019
  • Research Professional Spring Seminars, 13 Feb 2019
  • ECRN Meeting 4, 13 Feb 2019
  • RCDS Session 1, 06 Feb 2019
  • Enhance feedback strategies, 31 Jan 2019
  • Developing your Academic Identity, 30 Jan 2019
  • ERASMUS Staff mobility training, 24 Jan 2019
  • PhD supervision training, 22 Jan 2019, certificate of doctoral supervision
  • Main panel A: Improving the quality of your output, 16 Jan 2019
  • Research output training day Marriott Hotel, 14 Jan 2019
  • ECRN meeting 3, 09 Jan 2019
  • Athena Swan writing group for nursing staff, 19 Dec 2018
  • ECRN Meeting 2, 12 Dec 2018
  • Developing your HEA fellowship, 20 Nov 2018
  • FHSS Fusion for learning: embedding research in education, 19 Nov 2018
  • ECRN meeting, 14 Nov 2018
  • 6C Solutions, 24 Oct 2018
  • Research Impact and REF: An introduction, 18 Oct 2018
  • Dorset funding fair for funding opportunities in the local area, 18 Oct 2018
  • Essential Guide to Grant Applications EGGA, 17 Oct 2018, DPROF
  • RKEO Academic and researchers induction, 03 Oct 2018
  • AA post mandatory session, 03 Oct 2018
  • Academic board meeting FHSS, 02 Oct 2018
  • 6C Workshop, 25 Sep 2018
  • Global Mental Health call: GCRF, 18 Sep 2018



  • Dorset Community Action Group
  • Have made links with Neil White app software designer Neil White Creative Ltd | Reg. in England & Wales | Company Reg No. 9033587 Registered Office: 65 Hinchliffe Close, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DZ
  • Collaboration with Long term health challenges research hub FHSS. Working with Janet Scammell on a Resilience in Nursing paper (December 2018 to Summer 2019).
  • Gas Safety Trust and IPIP (Integrating Performance in Practice). Both of these networks are interested in our research on smoking cessation in pregnant women. Hilary Wareing set up the Tobacco Control Challenge Committee and advised us on updating our proof of concept to include other particulates such as Nicotine, Tar and benzene. As a result of discussions with this network we have updated our key design features on the wearable.
  • I have connected with Maddison Limited UK to become part of our COMPAQS smoking cessation in pregnancy research. Maddison are a product development company and they have agreed to work with us on an MRC Biomedical Catalyst funding application. We are all currently working on developing the work packages for the outline case for support.
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