Nahal Mavaddat

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M706), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Nahal is a clinical academic. She completed her PhD at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge in neuropsychology in the area of ‘deficits in decision-making in patients with anterior communicating aneurysm rupture’, where she captured the risk-taking behaviour of patients with personality change after subarachnoid haemorrhage following an anterior communicating artery aneurysm rupture through a computerised decision-making task. Later her research focussed on how we perceive our own health including how personality and social influences affect health perceptions and outcomes, with a particular emphasis on self-rated health in stroke survivors. More recently her research has included wellbeing, chronic pain and mental health in primary care. She also has clinical qualifications in primary mental health care. After 7 years at the University of Cambridge as a NIHR Walport Clinical Lecturer, Nahal is now back in WA and currently the Head of the Division of General Practice at the School of Medicine, Graduate Research Coordinator at the Medical School and Lead of the UWA Medical Humanities Network.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Division, General Practice, School of Medicine

Unit Coordinator for BMed 3002 Application of Humanities to Health and Medicine 

Lead, UWA Medical Humanities Network

Graduate Research Coordinator - School of Medicine (GP, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Emergency Medicine, Rural Clinical School)

Research interests

Wellbeing, quality of life, subjective health, positive psychology

Physical and Mental comorbidity

Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Chronic Pain

Mental Health

Health and Medical Humanities

Previous positions

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Walport Clinical Lecturer University of Cambridge, UK 2010-2016

Training Fellowship in Academic General Practice, University of Birmingham, UK

UWA Athelstan and Amy Saw Overseas Medical Research Fellow -   University of Cambridge

Research Fellow Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Funding overview

RACGP Foundation grant - General Practitioners experiences, barriers and facilitators to managing chronic pain in primary care: A qualitative study

WUN Health Humanities initiative: towards the redistribution of the sensible and tender minded Health Professional through education 

Communicating Good Health and Wellbeing: Promotion, Advocacy and Resilience. WUN (Research Development Fund)- Cover, Baldassar, Lydon, Fozdar, Bartlett, Car, Mavaddat, Christian, Atwell

Positive Mental Training for stroke for post-stroke depression and anxiety - feasibility and acceptability of use of an audio tool– Principal Investigator - RCGP Scientific Foundation Board of Royal College of General Practitioners, UK - Mavaddat, Mant, Dobbins, Ross

Cognition in the Birmingham Atrial Fibrillation Trial (BAFTA) – National School of Primary Care, now School of Primary Care Research (SPCR), UK Roalfe, Mavaddat, Mant, Hobbs, Lip, Fitzmaurice

Wellbeing and Multimorbidity - Patient centred outcomes: Wellbeing and Stroke - National School of Primary Care Research (SPCR), UK  – Mavaddat, Williams, Kinmonth, Mant (Principal Investigator of £400,000 project after original PI retirement)

Developing a patient experience questionnaire for Primary Mental Health Care - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMHE), UK

Teaching overview

Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Medical Humanities

General Practice

Mental Health

Spirituality and Health


Education/Academic qualification

Medicine and Surgery, MBBS, The University of Western Australia

Neuropsychology/Neuropsychiatry, PhD, University of Cambridge

Cognitive Science, Pgdip(Cogsc), University of Western Australia


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