Sheri Oduola


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Personal profile


Sheri Oduola is a mental health nurse and social/psychiatric epidemiologist. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her research focuses on social factors that produce inequalities in mental health care and long-term outcomes of severe mental illness in diverse populations (e.g., ethnic, gender minority groups and rural communities). She uses a mixed methods approach to make sense of complex health inequalities in minority groups by drawing on epidemiological techniques in electronic health records and realist evaluations to explain why these disparities occur.

Sheri gained a BSc in Mental Health Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, King’s College London. She then completed an MSc in Health Services and Population Research and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Clinically, she worked primarily with people living with psychotic disorders in inpatient and community settings.

Key Research Interests

  • Epidemiology, and social influences of the aetiology, course and outcome of psychosis and severe mental illness
  • Pathways to care and health service utilisation.
  • Public mental health interventions
  • Physical health outcomes in psychosis
  • Young people's mental health
  • At-risk-mental-state psychosis
  • Health disparities in minority groups
  • Mental health in rural and coastal areas

Sheri welcomes students interested in using epidemiological techniques in electronic health records for their PhD research.


Teaching Interests

As a Course Director, Sheri designed, established and led the first pre-registration MSc in Mental Health Nursing offered for the first time at UEA in 2020. She also led the Research Methods modules in all fields of MSc Nursing (i.e., Child, Adult and Mental Health) programme between 2021 and 2024.

Her teaching interests include:

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Ethnicity and mental illness
  • Sociology of mental illness
  • Psychoses

Administrative Posts

Sheri is a Visiting Lecturer and Researcher at King’s College London, SLaM Biomedical Research Centre and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Trust. And a member of the Mental Health Nurse Academics UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • Epidemiology
  • Mental Health
  • Communities, Classes, Races
  • Public Health, Health Services & Primary Care

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