Abeda has 20 years of experience in research and evaluation; beginning with physiology (the functioning of the human body) and currently in health services (the design and delivery of healthcare when the body doesn’t function optimally). She has a PhD from Imperial College London in Neuroendocrinology, focusing on the biological stress response. Abeda has moved from laboratory science to applied social science, from independent work to team working. She has experience of working in geographically and culturally diverse environments in England, USA and The Netherlands.
She is increasingly preoccupied with qualitative and mixed methods approaches to exploring inequities and inequalities, ranging from gender equity in the receipt and delivery of healthcare and health inequalities relating to ethnicity and the pandemic. She has just completed a four-year term as an advisor on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Prioritisation Panel (Researcher-led) which assesses the research proposals received by the HS&DR, primarily for importance to the NHS.