Humaira Hussain

Dr Humaira Hussain

  • Lecturer
  • 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 Nurse 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. 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. 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.

Internet Publications

  • Hussain, H., Jomeen, J., Hayter, M. and Tweheyo, R., 2018. Teenagers’ perceptions on their experience of caring for an infant simulator over the weekend: implications for school nursing. SAGE.


  • 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

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 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

  • Essential Guide to Grant Applications EGGA, 17 Oct 2018, DPROF



  • 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.
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