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Visit Mandeep Sekhon

Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Mandy joined City in June 2012 working as a Research Assistant for Dr Alice Simon investigating the early presentation of gynaecological cancer symptoms in primary care.

In October 2013 Mandy was awarded a City University London funded studentship. Mandy’s PhD is focusing on defining, theorising and assessing the acceptability of healthcare interventions.


MSc Health Psychology, City University London, United Kingdom, Sep 2010 - Sep 2011
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University College London, United Kingdom, Sep 2005 - Jun 2008


Research Assistant, City University London, Centre for Health Services Research, Jun 2012 - Sep 2013

Language competencies

Punjabi and Hindi


City University London Doctoral Studentship (2013)

Memberships of professional bodies

- British Psychological Society (Graduate Member)
- The UK Society for Behavioural Medicine



Mandy’s PhD is focusing on defining, theorising and assessing the acceptability of healthcare interventions.

The importance of considering the acceptability of healthcare interventions is established in research. The Medical Research Council published guidance advocating specific methods for developing and evaluating complex interventions. Crucially, the guidance advised that the acceptability of an intervention should be considered in the early stages of intervention development. However, currently there is no guidance provided on how to define and assess acceptability in this context.

The objective of Mandy’s PhD project is to apply theories and methods from psychology; to conceptualise and theorise ‘acceptability’ and to investigate appropriate ways to operationalise and measure this construct.

Research centres

- Implementation Research Group
- Centre for Health Services Research

Principal collaborators

- Professor Jill Francis
- Dr Martin Cartwright


Journal articles (5)

  1. Sekhon, M., Cartwright, M. and Francis, J.J. (2018). Acceptability of health care interventions: A theoretical framework and proposed research agenda. British Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjhp.12295.
  2. Sekhon, M., Cartwright, M. and Francis, J.J. (2017). Acceptability of healthcare interventions: An overview of reviews and development of a theoretical framework. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12913-017-2031-8.
  3. Low, E.L., Whitaker, K.L., Simon, A.E., Sekhon, M. and Waller, J. (2015). Women's interpretation of and responses to potential gynaecological cancer symptoms: A qualitative interview study. BMJ Open, 5(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008082.
  4. Evans, R.E.C., Morris, M., Sekhon, M., Buszewicz, M., Walter, F.M., Waller, J. … Simon, A.E. (2014). Increasing awareness of gynaecological cancer symptoms: A GP perspective. British Journal of General Practice, 64(623). doi:10.3399/bjgp14X680161.
  5. Ivtzan, I., Gardner, H.E., Bernard, I., Sekhon, M. and Hart, R. (2013). Wellbeing through Self-Fulfilment: Examining Developmental Aspects of Self-Actualization. Humanistic Psychologist, 41(2), pp. 119–132. doi:10.1080/08873267.2012.712076.

Other Activities

Collaborations (academic) (2)

Events/conferences (3)

  1. Sekhon, M., Cartwright, M., and Francis, J. J. ‘Acceptability’ of healthcare interventions: Development of a theoretical framework. Division of Health Psychology. London (2015).
  2. Sekhon, M., Cartwright, M., and Francis, J. J. How has acceptability of healthcare interventions been defined and assessed? An overview of Systematic Reviews. UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, 04 December 2014, Nottingham. (2014).
  3. Sekhon, M., Cartwright, M, and Francis, J.J. Defining, Theorising and Assessing Acceptability of Healthcare Interventions. City University London School of Health Sciences Doctoral Research Conference. April 2014, London. (2014).