Miss Shreya Arora

Research project: Develop a theoretical framework to understand organ donation behaviours in ethnically diverse populations


Black and Asian communities are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and various forms of hepatitis than white people making them predisposed to needing a transplant. Three in ten (31%) of people waiting for a transplant across the UK are from ethnically diverse background (Why Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are needed - NHS Blood and Transplant, no date) . Although a transplant from a white donor can be received, the best match usually comes from a donor from the same ethnic background yet donation rates from these communities are a lot lower than for white people. By using mixed method approaches, voices of people belonging to these communities will be amplified to give insights into their attitudes, motivations, and decision making in relation to organ donations in the ethnically diverse communities that are culturally appropriate and accessible. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Develop a theoretical framework to understand organ donation behaviours in ethnically diverse populations
  • Research supervisor: Professor Tushna Vandrevala
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Paty Paliokosta


I am a Health Psychology postgraduate student with an interest in health inequalities. I have experience working as Honorary Assistant Psychologist at a neurorehabilitation inpatient ward specialised to treating patients living with neurological conditions such as stroke, cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury. My current doctorate thesis aims to address ethnic communities motivations and experiences of organ donation. I am motivated to promote health and wellbeing related behaviours at a population level to bring real world impacts to underserved communities. 

Areas of research interest

  • Using psychological models and or theoretical frameworks to predict and promote positive health behaviours and wellbeing in underrepresented communities and populations such as the ethnically diverse and immigrant populace
  • Contribute to the evidence base relating to organ donation
  • The underlying processes influencing behaviour change and health promotion


  • BSc in Psychology, University of Surrey
  • MSc in Health Psychology, University of Surrey
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kingston University

Funding or awards received

  • Kingston University BME Studentship