Dr Lailah Alidu


My research experience spans from working on several research projects looking at health and wellbeing in vulnerable and hard to reach populations. I currently work as a research fellow on a study on Ethnicity and Covid-19, This study aims to understand and reduce health inequalities and COVID-19 risk by developing a range of culturally appropriate health interventions to Black and South Asian communities. This project is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) & National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  Prior to working with Kingston University I worked on a randomised control trial aimed at improving health and wellbeing of employees at  the workplace in the West Midlands. Apart from my research work I have  an Associate fellow status in teaching with the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Academic responsibilities

Research Fellow


  • BA (Population and Family Life), University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • MPhil (Population and Health), University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • PhD (Health Psychology), University of Birmingham, UK


Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2020). ‘What a dog will see and kill, a cat will see and ignore it': An exploration of health?related help?seeking among older Ghanaian men residing in Ghana and the United Kingdom. British Journal of Health Psychology25(4), 1102-1117.

Jones, L., Danks, E., Clarke, J., Alidu, L., Costello, B., Jolly, K., ... & Taylor, J. (2019). Exploring the views of female genital mutilation survivors, their male partners and healthcare professionals on the timing of deinfibulation surgery and NHS FGM care provision (the FGM Sister Study): protocol for a qualitative study. BMJ open9(10), e034140.

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L. (2019) Sexual and gender-based violence and social justice: parity of participation for forced migrant survivors in the UK. SIIRTOLAISUUS MIGRATION, 11.

Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2018). A systematic review of acculturation, obesity and health behaviours among migrants to high-income countries. Psychology & Health33(6), 724-745.

Tuoyire, D. A., Anku, P. J., Alidu, L., & Amo-Adjei, J. (2018). Timing of first sexual intercourse and number of lifetime sexual partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sexuality & Culture22(2), 651-668.

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L. (2018). Sexual and gender-based violence and refugees. The impacts of and on integration domains' (No. 28, p. 5). IRiS Working Paper Series.

Alidu, L., & Grunfeld, E. A. (2017). Gender differences in beliefs about health: a comparative qualitative study with Ghanaian and Indian migrants living in the United Kingdom. BMC psychology5(1), 1-8.

Book Chapter

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S., & Alidu, L (2021). Gender and Refugee Resettlement: The Role of Proximal and Distal Stressors in the Experiences of Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Migration, 405.

Areas of specialism

  • Health Psychology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Public Health (Migration/Ethnicity and Health)