Dr. Gulnar Ali
Senior Lecturer in Research MSci Nursing (E&R)
South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Dr. Gulnar Ali diligently blends ontological and humanistic perspectives to mental health and wellbeing. With a particular interest in the ontological aspect of human phenomenon, Gulnar’s professional background ranges wide spectrum of teaching, clinical practice and research experience in: Spirituality, Psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, Nursing Philosophy and Islamic studies. She is passionate to expand the notion of healing and mental wellbeing through authenticity. Currently, she is involved in teaching undergraduate/postgraduate courses, doctoral research supervision, education management, module leadership, research consultation, project evaluation, counselling and mentoring in different universities across the United Kingdom.
As a researcher, Dr. Ali is actively engaged in writing and reviewing research grants bids on COVID-19 with National and International Nursing Universities. Her research interest and publications are majorly aimed at ontological reasoning to bring further innovation in Self-care approaches through professional authenticity and empowerment. With a vision to bring transformation in nursing education, Gulnar is keen to develop pedagogical structures that could embrace spiritual and existential care aspects. Based on her PhD research (2013-2017), she has developed a reflective framework: SOPHIE (Self-Exploration through Ontological, Phenomenological, Humanistic, Ideological and Existential Expressions). SOPHIE has been recognized as practice methodology, to embrace spiritual care aspects in health education and practice.
Dr. Ali will be assisting in teaching and research supervision in MSci Nursing. She will collaborate with the research team in developing global health research grants projects.
- PhD (2013-2017) Integrating Spirituality into Nursing Education, University of Huddersfield, UK
- MSc (2006-2007) Medical Anthropology, UCL, UK
- MA (2000-2002) Islamic Studies, University of Karachi, UK
- RN (1995-1998) Diploma in Gen. Nursing, Aga Khan University, SONAM, Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Ali is a regular speaker at national and international conferences concerned with the development of pedagogical strategies in nursing education, Palliative care, Existential care and Spirituality. Gulnar was an invited project participant for: Enhancing Nurses Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care (EPICC), at the European Spirituality in Nursing and Midwifery Research Network, Staffordshire University, UK (2018- 2020). Her work has been recognized in developing The Gold Matrix on spiritual care competency in nursing education. http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/epicc/epicc-participants/united-kingdom/
Dr. Ali is well experienced in planning global research projects, relevant to national health care needs. She was the Education and Training lead, at South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust for Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Academic group (2015-2016). In addition, as a researcher at University of East London, she had also worked with Newham General Hospital and local CCG on a UCL Partnership project: investigating upon Reducing low birth weight in East London (2016-2017). This project has successfully informed health and social care policy, as per the diverse mental health care needs of women population in Newham, London in the United Kingdom.
- Self-reflective interventions to support resiliency, posttraumatic growth, and wellbeing of frontline nurses in palliative care settings: A pilot study. Investigators: (PI) Dr. Nasreen Lalani, (Co-I): Dr Karen Foli, Perdue University, USA. Consultants: Dr. Gulnar Ali, Ms. Diya Ganguly, UWTSD, UK.Duration: 2021-2022.
- An Exploration of Palliative Care Knowledge and Competencies among Nurses in Critical Care Settings: A Case Study from Pakistan. Investigators: (PI) Dr. Nasreen Lalani-Perdue University USA, PI: Dr. Salma Rattani- Aga Khan University, Pakistan, Co-I: Sarfaraz Masih-Dow University Hospital, Co-I: Israar Ahmed- Rufaidah Nursing College Prime Foundation, Pakistan. Consultant: Gulnar Ali- Duration: 2021-2022.
- An exploration of mentorship within health care practice education. Investigators: (PI) Dr. Rozina Karmaliyani, Dr. Tazeen Ali, Dr. Nagham Rizwi, Mehtab Jaffer, The Aga Khan University, Pakistan. (Co-PI) Dr. Gulnar Ali, Dr. Michael Snowden and Dr. Jamie Halsall from the University of Huddersfield, UK. Duration: 2020-2022.
- 2021 American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Research Grant- 2021. Title: “Effectiveness of self-reflective wellness interventions for promoting post-traumatic growth, resiliency, and subjective wellbeing of frontline nurses in palliative care settings: A pilot randomized controlled trial study". Funding amount= $10,000
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- Fellow Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA)
- Master Practitioner- European Mentoring and Coaching Council, UK (EMCC)
- Fellow Royal Society for Public Health, UK (FRSPH)
- Nurse Leader-The Honour Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Delta Chapter, Aga Khan University, Pakistan- Dec 2010- To date
- Member- Enhancing Nurses Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care (EPICC)- European Spirituality in Nursing and Midwifery Research Network, Staffordshire University, UK
- Member-Spirituality Special Interest Group, University of Huddersfield, UK
- Consultant-Mindfulness and Self-care management- Social inclusion projects on mental health and wellbeing hosted by community advocates at East London. In partnership with Psychonnnect, HENA and WAP, Newham London UK.
- Reviewer- Editoral Board, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, SAGE.
- Reviewer- Editorial Board, Nurse Education Today, UK.
Module Leader- Evidence for Practice in Nursing
Interest Areas: Spirituality in Nursing Education, Existential/Humanistic Psychology, Ontology, Moral Philosophy, Mentoring and Leadership, Palliative care, Medical Anthropology, Transformative Learning, Self-care, Transcultural Psychiatry, Forensic Mental health, Perinatal Mental health, Dementia and Wellbeing.