Nahal Mavaddat

Associate Professor

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

    6009 Perth


  • 865 Citations
  • 9 h-Index

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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 the area of ‘deficits in decision-making in patients with anterior communicating aneurysm rupture’, where she captured the risk-taking change in behaviour and personality of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage following an anterior communicating aneurysm rupture through a computerised decision-making task. More recently her research has focussed on how we perceive our own health including how personality and social influences affect health perceptions and outcomes.  After 7 years at the University of Cambridge  as a NIHR Walport Clinical Lecturer,  Nahal is now back in WA and currently based at the School of Medicine, Division of General Practice.

Roles and responsibilities

Lead, Medical Humanities Network

Unit Coordinator for BMed 3002 Application of Humanities to Health and Medicine (commencing 2020)

Research Lead, Teacher - General Practice

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

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

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

Primary Mental Health Care, Advanced Diploma (Primary Care Mental Health), Staffordshire University

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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Research Output

  • 865 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Letter

Health-related quality of life as a predictor of mortality in heterogeneous samples of older adults

Liira, H., Mavaddat, N., Eineluoto, M., Kautiainen, H., Strandberg, T., Suominen, M., Laakkonen, M. L., Eloniemi-Sulkava, U., Sintonen, H. & Pitkälä, K., 1 Apr 2018, In : European Geriatric Medicine. 9, 2, p. 227-234 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Perceptions of self-rated health among stroke survivors: A qualitative study in the United Kingdom

    Mavaddat, N., Sadler, E., Lim, L., Williams, K., Warburton, E., Kinmonth, A. L., Mant, J., Burt, J. & McKevitt, C., 2 Apr 2018, In : BioMed Central Geriatrics. 18, 1, 81.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Relationship of self-rated health to stroke incidence and mortality in older individuals with and without a history of stroke: A longitudinal study of the MRC cognitive function and ageing (CFAS) population

    Mavaddat, N., Van der Linde, R., Parker, R., Savva, G., Kinmonth, AL. & Brayne, C., 2016, In : PLoS One. 11, 2, 11 p., e0150178.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
    52 Citations (Scopus)


    Press / Media

    Stroke and Beyond: Cognitive Decline in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

    Nahal Mavaddat


    1 item of Media coverage

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    Phantom TIA's overburden stroke services

    Nahal Mavaddat


    1 Media contribution

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