Athfah's research interests are around psychological interventions, what type of interventions do individuals with various psychological disorders and from different ethnic/cultural backgrounds find acceptable.
She is currently working on a qualitative systematic review investigating the acceptability, usability and functionality of Digital Health Interventions for adults with depressive, anxiety and somatoform disorders.
Afsana Faheem - Cross-Cultural Validity of Psychological Interventions in IAPT.
O’Donnell, M., Nelson, L. D., Ackermann, E., Aczel, B., Akhtar, A., Aldrovandi, S., … Bialobrzeska, O. (2017). Registered Replication Report : Dijksterhuis & van Knippenberg ( 1998 ) Multilab direct replication of : A variant of study 4 from Dijksterhuis , A . & van Knippenberg , A . ( 1998 ). The relation between perception and behaviour , or how to win a game of . , 1–38.
Schneider, J., Akhtar, A., Boycott, N., Guo, B., Latimer, E., Cao, Z., & McMurran, M. (2016). Individual placement and support versus individual placement and support enhanced with work-focused cognitive behaviour therapy: Feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 79 (5). pp. 257-269 DOI: 10.1177/0308022615619184.
Wright N, Akhtar A, Tosh GE, Clifton AV. (2016). HIV prevention advice for people with serious mental illness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD009639. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009639.pub3.
Boycott, N., Akhtar, A., & Schneider J (2015). “Work is good for me”: Views of mental health service users seeking work during the UK recession. Journal of Mental Health, 24(2), 93-97.
Schneider, J., & Akhtar, A. (2012). Implementation of individual placement and support: the Nottingham experience. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, spring 35(4), 325-32.
Akhtar, A., Rahman, A., Husain, M., Chaudhry, I.B., Duddu, V., & Husain, N. (2010). Multidimensional scale of perceived social support: Psychometric properties in a South Asian population. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Research, 36 (4), 845–851.