Ilham is a psychologist and lecturer who specialises in the field of resilience. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Greenwich and an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from King’s College London. Her doctoral research included developing a resilience intervention for students in Higher Education (The Resilience Enhancement Programme ©) and her postdoctoral fellowship extended this research into the medical field, where she worked alongside junior doctors, consultants and GPs.
Her breadth of experience and expertise in resilience has led to contributions in both the public and private sectors, including publications, science communication and consultancy. Ilham is also engaged in a number of outreach projects and is passionate about sharing knowledge and making science accessible. She is a founding member of the SOFAR Network (Supporting Outstanding Female Academic Researchers) and the ‘Me, Human’ team based at Birkbeck, University of London. Outside of her academic role, she is a speaker and presenter and has spoken on platforms that have included TEDx, House of Commons and Google.