Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral Sciences Team, 2017

"Aims to understand and improve life by integrating the bio-psycho-social model of health in research and academics"

The BHS Team:


Interests/Research Areas


Dr. Shahid Irfan

Assistant Professor (Psychology)

  • Social & Health Psychology
  • Psycho-metrics &​ Psychological Assessment
  • Research Methods
  • Personality Assessment
  • Religiosity & Extremism
  • Gender Role Beliefs

Sara Shafiq

Research Coordinator

  • Anthropology of Religion (Madrassa Education, Prevention of Radicalization)
  • Arts and Anthropology
  • Migration Dynamics
  • Anthropological view of Decentralization: The cultural dimension of peace
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Positive Psychology

Syed Jamshad Ahmad Bukhari

Research Officer

  • Education – The Educational Pluralism
  • Social Exclusion – Minority Communities in Pakistan
  • Community health
  • Social work and volunteerism
  • Gender issues
  • Social sciences and ICT

  1.   Study of Social and Cultural Life of Epileptic Patients: A perspective from Pakistan

A mixed method study aim to carry out the assessment of Quality of life of epileptic patients and to analyse culturally perceived inabilities associated with Epileptic patients 

Taskeen Mansoor

Research Officer

  • Medical Anthropology (Medical Pluralism, Pathway to care, Doctor Patient Interaction)
  • Gendered health and Community Development
  • Media and Health
  • Social Entrepreneurship

1.   Health belief model of patient and caregiver for Breast Cancer-2018

The anthropological qualitative research study was designed to understand the pathway to care, issues of femininity and the stigma attached to breast cancer, to improve quality of health care. Data was collected from Breast Clinic, CMH Rwp. Thematic analysis has been done and the research is currently in the final stages of editing.

2. Pathway to Care in Mental Health Settings: First Contact in Treatment Seeking and Mode of Referral to a Tertiary Care Psychiatric Facility in Islamabad-2017

The study highlighted the need for strategies to improve pathways to mental health care which aim to foster collaboration between key community-based providers and specialist mental health services, particularly in rural areas with low literacy rates and poor socio economic settings.

Anum Farooq

Research Officer

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Mental Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Therapeutic Approaches (Behavior Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
  • Child Abuse
  • Health Psychology 

1.  Identifying Autism at an Early Age Through Screening: Considering Socio-Cultural Perspectives

A mixed method study that aims to estimate the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a defined population (Armed Force Institutes) at a given point in time. Subsequently, through Qualitative analysis it addresses the social and cultural factors that might compromise early detection, diagnosis and timely referral for interventions.

2.  Autism Screening App

The idea is to use a screening checklist for Autism and make it available for parents and professionals to screen children within the age range of 18-30 months.

Shavana Bangash

Research Assistant

  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Medical Anthropology (Alternate health care system)
  • Organizational Behaviour / Event Management
  • Creative Arts
  • Public Health and Community Medicine    
Research Assistant in Epilepsy Project and Autism Screening Project