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Dr Jolel Miah

Chartered Health Psychologist, Practitioner Psychologist, Researcher and an Academic in the field of Psychology


About Jolel

Dr Jolel Miah is a Chartered Health Psychologist, Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC Registered) and fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He sits on the  British Psychology Society Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board. He is currently a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland and co-chair of the Decolonisation Curriculum group. 


He graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bedfordshire. He completed two doctorates (PhD and Stage 2 Qualification in Health Psychology - Independent Route) and submitted more than 17,000 hours over eight years for his portfolio. His research focused on psychological frameworks for public interventions in physical activity. His professional practice has involved working in commissioning, mental health, charities, sexual health, and the prison service, to name a few. 


In 2014 Jolel co-founded a mental health charity, 'Our Minds Matter' which provides psychoeducation on mental health in faith communities and consultancy to local wellbeing services. In addition, he hosts a podcast interviewing people about what motivates them called 'Psychology Cast. 

Partnership &
co-design working

With 15 years of experience, Jolel works with individuals and organisations to help them reach their full potential by applying psychological principles in their work. This includes mentoring, behaviour change and motivation.


Jolels current activities :


  • Member of the Board for Equality, and Diversity at the British Psychological Society

  • member of the EDI task force Division of Health Psychology at the British Psychological Society 

  • Founder of Our Minds Matter

  • Host of Psychology Cast, Health Psychology Podcast, EDI in Health Psychology


Teaching & Training

Most of the time, he is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland, he teaches across curriculums from foundation to masters programmes. 

Jolel has also worked in the HM Prison Service using motivational interviewing behaviour change techniques and goal setting for prisoners.  Jolel also delivers workshops both face-to-face and in virtual settings for local and national organisations.  

Research & Science Communication

Jolel's research specialises in health inequalities in ethnic minorities, co-design, and behaviour change interventions. His PhD research focused on evaluating a Physical Activity Intervention aimed at 20,000 residents. He has led and designed campaigns to reduce health inequalities and been a voice for underrepresented groups in academia. 


In his spare time, he interviews a variety of experts in professional practice and or lived experience on his podcast called 'Psychology Cast'. To listen to the podcast click here

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