Research Fellow


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Dr Stella Arakelyan (MD, MPH, MScIH, PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD).

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  • Teaching and Learning

Dr Stella Arakelyan is a global health researcher specialising in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and population health promotion. Her current work focuses on exploring the social implications of NCDs for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, with an emphasis on access to health services in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2019, Stella joined the IGHD as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility (RUHF) to support multidisciplinary research projects looking at health systems responses to the prevention, diagnosis and control of NCDs across contexts affected by various drivers of fragility. Since September 2020, she has been also coordinating the Health Systems Cluster at the IGHD.

Stella holds an MD from Yerevan State Medical University (Armenia), a Master’s in Public Health from the School of Public Health, American University of Armenia, an MSc in International Health jointly from Queen Margaret University and KIT Royal Tropical Institute (the Netherlands). In 2020, she obtained a PhD from the School of Health and Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University investigating factors contributing to social disadvantage and restricted participation of children with chronic conditions in the United Kingdom.

Active research interests:

  • Population health promotion
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Health services utilization in low-and middle-income countries
  • Communication and social mobilisation for health
  • Social determinants of health

Research Methods:

  • Systematic and other types of literature reviews (scoping review, narrative review)
  • Meta-analysis
  • Mixed-methods
  • Quantitative research methods (multivariable regression modelling, structural equation modelling, survival analysis and factor analysis)

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Stella contributes to Masters level modules in Programme Planning and Implementation, Research Methods at the Faculty of Public Health, Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Armenia. She is currently supervising Masters level students at YSMU, Armenia.