Nadia is passionate about preventing infectious diseases among marginalized populations. Her background is in health sciences and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Nadia’s previous research efforts primarily focused on improving local influenza pandemic preparedness with remote and isolated Canadian First Nations communities using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. She moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2014 and joined AUT University where she is involved in a range of teaching, research and service activities.
Nadia has research expertise in the areas of public health and infectious disease prevention and control. She specialises in qualitative research and participatory action research with a focus on community participation and knowledge translation. Her research programme is primarily directed towards reducing health inequities related to infectious diseases faced by marginalised populations, such as migrants and refugees.