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Shanu Sadhwani

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Ms Shanu Sadhwani (BA, PGCE, MA, MSc, MSc)

Research Fellow
T: +44 (0)1273 644562
Location: Room 320 Watson Building University of Brighton Falmer BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: GP patient records, Dementia diagnosis and disclosure

Research areas: Dementia, Primary care, Electronic Health Records, Illness Narratives


Shanu Sadhwani is a Doctoral Researcher in Behavioural Medicine, after securing funding for a PhD in 2015.

After graduating with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts, Shanu began working within the performing arts sector and teaching in secondary schools, colleges and universities. Shanu has worked extensively in the volunteer sector with abuse victims and homeless populations, and this instigated a shift in career. Developing an interest in the illness experience, she shifted her focus and began working in Primary Care. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology, and spent a year as an Associate Lecturer of Health Psychology in Mauritius, before pursuing her current role at BSMS.


Shanu is researching GPs decision-making when diagnosing dementia. Her research uses health psychology theories to help her analyse the medical and ethical concerns of diagnosing and disclosing an incurable illness. Her dissertation takes a mixed methods approach, using qualitative interview studies, questionnaire data, and an analysis of GP patient electronic health records.


Shanu is currently teaching research methods and statistical analyses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also contributes sessions within the MSc Dementia Studies course on cultural representations of dementia.