Aleena’s research background in health psychology and clinical perinatal epidemiology specific to reproductive health and decision-making. Her current work is focused on implementation science in the context of perinatal health, particularly improving mothers’ and babies’ health and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth.
Aleena recently worked on the Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths, published in January 2016, where she co-authored two series papers and the series executive summary. She has also collaborated with the World Health Organization and Norwegian Institute of Public Health to develop global frameworks and customisable technical tools for electronic health registries for maternal and child health – coined eRegistries. Aleena is a Cochrane systematic reviewer and member of the Australasian node of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. She also works closely with the International Stillbirth Alliance and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee.
Aleena is an Associate Investigator on Australia's NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Stillbirth and Early Career Researcher (ECR) lead for its Care After Stillbirth program. She completed her PhD on informing clinical practice for care during subsequent pregnancies following a stillbirth in 2019 and co-leads the Stillbirth CRE's subsequent pregnancy research stream.