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Dr Stella Arakelyan is a Research Fellow within the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), Centre for Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute, Edinburgh University. She holds a Visiting Assistant Professor position with the Department of Public Health and Healthcare Organisation at Yerevan State Medical University after M. Heratsi.

Dr Arakelyan's background is in medicine and global public health, and her research focuses on the prevention and control of non-communicable chronic health conditions (mainly cancer, diabetes, CVDs and mental health issues), multimorbidity, polypharmacy, and patient safety. Dr Arakelyan is currently working with health professionals and people with multiple long-term conditions (MLTCs) to co-design complex interventions aiming to improve health outcomes for people with MLTCs. She has expertise in applied mixed-method research methods, evidence synthesis, secondary analysis of large-scale datasets, and implementation research. 

Before joining the ACRC, Dr Arakelyan was a Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences (SHS), the University of Dundee, where she taught across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate modules (Global Citizenship and Health, Work-based Skills and Innovative Practices, Acute and Critical Care) and co-supervised MS dissertation students. Before this, she was a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling where she was researching the impact of COVID-19 fear on the health, social and economic behaviours of older people in Scotland. As a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Dr Arakelyan worked in the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility, contributing to multidisciplinary research projects exploring health systems responses to the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases in fragile settings. 

Dr Arakelyan holds a Ph.D. from the School of Health Sciences at Queen Margaret University (2020), an MSc in International Health jointly from Queen Margaret University and KIT Royal Tropical Institute (2015), a Master’s in Public Health from the School of Public Health, American University of Armenia (2007), and an M.D. from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia (2003).

Education/Academic qualification

Health Science , Doctor of Health Science

Award Date: 17 Jul 2020

Global health, Master of Science, Queen Margaret University

Award Date: 15 Sep 2014

Public health , Master of Public Health, American University of Armenia

Award Date: 16 Nov 2007

General Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, Yerevan State Medical University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

Visiting Assistant Professor , Yerevan State Medical University


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