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Dr Russell Kabir

Associate Professor & Course Leader
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Public health
Research Supervision:

Dr Russell Kabir is an experienced academic and global public health researcher.


Dr. Russell Kabir is working as an Associate Professor of Public Health and Biostatistics in the School of Allied Health. He has worked as an academic in higher education institutes for over 13 years. He is the author of the books Learning SPSS Without Pain and Data Analysis with STATA. He has authored /co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He serves as an Academic Editor for PLOS One, BMC Public Health, Health and Social Care in the Community, Frontiers in Public Health and Peerj. He has edited books on special issues such as Panic Buying, Suicide and Mental Health, and Women’s Health Issues for Springer, Elsevier and Intech Publishers.

Dr. Kabir is the Course Leader of the MSc Public Health and Community Wellbeing programme and teaches Epidemiology and Statistics for MPH and MSc students at ARU. He also runs quantitative data analysis sessions for Postgraduate Research students.

Dr. Kabir is also associated with CDA as an International Advisor, Adjunct Faculty of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India and Honorary Research Supervisor of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Monastir, Tunisia. He is an External Examiner of the Master of Public Health programme at Birmingham City University and Public Health, BSc Hons at Greenwich University.

Area of expertise:

  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
Spoken Languages
  • Bangla
  • English
Research interests
  • Violence against women
  • Maternal and reproductive health issues
  • Dental Public Health
  • Suicide and mental health
  • Ageing and Health care
  • Demography and population issues
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary public health research
Areas of research supervision
  • PhD Student: Haniya Zehra Syed (2022-2025)
    Research Title: The impact of climate crises on mental health status in women of reproductive age (15-49), living in coastal areas of Bangladesh
  • Epidemiology & Statistics for MPH Global Public Health and MSc Public Health & Community Wellbeing
  • PG Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University , UK
  • PhD in Public Health, Middlesex University, UK
  • MSc Research Methods, Middlesex University, UK
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH), North South University, Bangladesh
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Registered member of Bangladesh Medical and Dental and Council
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of International Epidemiological Association
  • Member of British Society for Population Studies
  • Fellow of Royal Society for Public Health
  • Fellow of Royal Statistical Society
  • Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
  • Associate Editor, BMC Public Health
  • Academic Editor- Peerj
  • Editorial Reviewer- Journal of Perioperative Practice
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator (2019-2020)
    Project: An Asset-based Approach to Health and Wellbeing in Northeast Essex: The lived experience of services users across the life cross. (Budget £48500)
    Commissioning Body: Colchester Borough Council
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator (2020 December-August 2021)
    Project: Reactivating Assets for Communities and individuals to survive and Flourish in Post-COVID Recovery. (Budget- £39, 265)
    Commissioning Body: Colchester Borough Council
Selected recent publications

Kabir, R., Hayhoe, R., Bai, A.C., Vinnakota, D., Sivasubramanian, M., Afework, S., Chilaka, M., Mohammadnezhad, M., Aremu, O., Sah, R.K. and Khan, H.T.(2023). The systematic literature review process: a simple guide for public health and allied health students. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 11(9), p.1. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20232496

Kabir, R., Kar, S.K., Vinnakota, D., Fathiariani, L., Marthoenis, M., Mukherjee, S., Akter, H., Arafat, S.Y., Menon, V. and Padhy, S.K., 2023. Suicidal Behavior in Bangladeshi and Indonesian Media After the Death of an Indian Celebrity by Suicide. Indian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 26(02), pp.112-117. https://doi.org/10.55229/ijbs.v26i2.06

Kabir, R., Bai, A.C.M., Syed, H.Z., Hasan, M.R., Vinnakota, D., Kar, S.K., Singh, R., Sathian, B. and Arafat, S.Y. (2023). The effect of Covid-19 on the mental health of the people in the Indian subcontinent: A scoping review. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 13(2), pp.1268-1284. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v13i2.52766

Hosseinpur, H., Parsa, A.D. and Kabir, R. (2023). The Prevalence of Depression and its Predictors among International Postgraduate Students Studying Public Health at a UK University. Journal of Psychosexual Health, p.26318318231181689. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/26318318231181689

Candussi, C.J., Kabir, R. and Sivasubramanian, M.(2023). Problematic Smartphone Usage, Prevalence and Patterns among university students: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, p.100643. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadr.2023.100643

Candussi, C., Sivasubramanian, M., Parsa, A.D. and Kabir, R.(2023). Estimating Prevalence and Patterns of Problematic Smartphone Use Among Nursing AND Public Health Students: A Cross-Sectional Investigation. Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology, 30(17), pp.1417-1427. https://doi.org/10.53555/jptcp.v30i17.2564

Sathian, B., van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Banerjee, I., Manikyam, H.K. and Kabir, R.(2023). Strengthening Healthcare through Academic and Industry Partnership Research. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 13(2), pp.1264-1367. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/nje.v13i2.58243

Corrigan, O.P., Hughes, S., Danielsen, S., Doherty, S. and Kabir, R. (2023) The impact of engaging with community groups: Asset-based approaches and the lived experiences of socially vulnerable populations in the UK. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, p.1156422. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1156422

Mohammed, A-S, Asumah, M.N., Padhi, B.K., Sinha, A., Mohammed, I., Jamil, S, Boasiako, O.A., Leman, N., & Kabir R.(2023). Predictors of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Uptake among Health Professionals: A Cross-Sectional Study in Ghana. Vaccines. 11(1):190. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11010190

Wang, S.M., Mohammadi, M., Padhi, B.K., Sah, R., Shamim, M.A., Satapathy, P., Padhi, B.K., Veeramachaneni, S.D., Akhtar, N., Pradhan, A. Kabir, R. and Agrawal, A.(2023). Pharmacological treatment and vaccines in monkeypox virus: a narrative review and bibliometric analysis. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 14:1149909. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2023.1149909

Hasan, M.N., Babu, M., Chowdhury, M.A.B., Rahman, M.M., Hasan, N., Kabir, R. and Uddin, M.J.(2023). Early childhood developmental status and its associated factors in Bangladesh: a comparison of two consecutive nationally representative surveys. BMC Public Health, 23(1), pp.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-023-15617-8

Sathian, B., van Teijlingen, E, Banerjee, . I., Asim, M., & Kabir, R.(2023). The Promising Future for Complex Innovative Trial Design in Clinical Research: Future for Complex Innovative Trial Design in Clinical Research. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 13(1), 1256–1257. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v13i1.53722

Abdulla, F., Hossain, M.M., Huq, M.N., Hai, A., Rahman, A., Kabir, R., Peya, F.J., Islam, S. and Khan, T.H. (2023). Prevalence, determinants and consequences of problematic smartphone use among preschoolers (3–5 years) from Dhaka, Bangladesh: A cross-sectional investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2023.02.094

Sah, R., Mohanty, A., Rohilla, R., Kabir, R. and Padhi, B.K.(2023). Detection of SARS-CoV-2 infections in passengers arriving from China and their implications on air travel and public health in Italy. International Journal of Surgery, 109(3), pp.648-650. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JS9.0000000000000247

Shabil, M., Satapathy, P., Kabir, R., Padhi, B.K. and Sah, R. (2023). Shigellosis in Sweden: A Public Health Concern. Clinical Infection in Practice, p.100221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinpr.2023.100221

Walker S, Claydon‐Mueller L, Kabir R, Piercy H, Massey MT, Costanzo I.(2023) Systematic review of factors predictive of unfavourable vaginal bleeding in women of reproductive age using the contraceptive etonogestrel implant. Reproductive, Female and Child Health. 29. https://doi.org/10.1002/rfc2.22

Majumder MAA, Singh K, Johnson WMS, Rajasundaram A, Gupta S, Gaur U, Kumar S, Chatterjee M, Fazle Rabbi AM, Sangishetti VP, Rahman S, Campbell MH, Harewood H, Bharatha A, Krishnamurthy K, Kabir R, Parsa AD, Mohammmad S, Haque M, Razzaque MS. (2023). Evaluation of Short-Term Side Effects Following the First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines Among Physicians and Dentists: A Cross-Sectional Study from India. Journal Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 16:161-174 https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S390364

Vinnakota, D., Rahman, Q., Sathian, B., Bai, A. C. M., Deividas, N., Pellissery, M.V., Kareem, S. K. A., Hasan, M. R., Parsa, A. D. & Kabir, R. (2022). Exploring UK Knife crime and its associated factors: A content analysis of online newspapers. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 12(4), 1242–1247. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v12i4.49994

Sathian, B., van Teijlingen, E., Banerjee, I., & Kabir, R.(2022). Guidance to applying for health research grants in the UK. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 12(4), 1231–1234. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v12i4.50998

Kabir, R., Alradie-Mohamed, A., Ferdous, N., Vinnakota, D., Arafat, S.M.Y., Mahmud, I.(2022) Exploring Women’s Decision-Making Power and HIV/AIDS Prevention Practices in South Africa. International Journal of Environmental. Research &. Public Health. 19, 16626. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192416626

Arafat, S. Y., Kar, S. K., & Kabir, R. (2022). Reproductive health care challenges for married female university students in Bangladesh. The Lancet Regional Health-Southeast Asia. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lansea.2022.03.001

Ayappan, A., Padhi, B. K., L., A., Chaudhary, R. K., Mateti, U. V., Kellarai, A., Unnikrishnan, M. K., Dsouza, J.D., Parsa A.D., Kabir, R., Sah, R. (2022). Perception of Availability, Accessibility, and Affordability of COVID-19 Vaccines and Hesitancy: A Cross-Sectional Study in India. Vaccines, 10(12), 2009. MDPI AG. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10122009

Kibria, M.G., Islam, T., Islam, M.T., Kabir, R., Ahmed, S. and Sultana, P.(2022). Stigma and its associated factors among patients with COVID-19 in Dhaka City: evidence from a cross-sectional investigation. PeerJ, 10, p.e14092. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.14092

Bharatha, A., Krishnamurthy, K., Cohall, D., Rahman, S., Forde, C.A., Corbin-Harte, R., Ojeh, N., Kabir, R., Parsa, A.D., Ahbab, M.F. and Majumer M.A.A. (2022). Personal protective equipment (PPE) related to adverse skin reactions among healthcare workers at the main COVID-19 isolation centre in Barbados. Frontiers in Public Health, p.3545. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.978590

Arafat, S.M., Menon, V., Dinesh, M. and Kabir, R.(2022). Parenting Style and Suicidal Behavior: A Focused Review. Mental Illness. 2022. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2022/2138650 

Patwary, M.M., Hossain, M., Sultana, R., Dazhamyar, A.R., Parsa, A.D., Kabir, R. and Shoib, S.(2022). Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of healthcare professionals toward the novel coronavirus during the early stage of COVID-19 in a lower-and-middle income country, Bangladesh. Frontiers in Public Health, p.3325. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.988063

Arafat, S.Y., Kar, S.K., Singh, R., Menon, V., Sathian, B. and Kabir, R.(2022). Panic buying research: A bibliometric review. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 12(3), pp.1224-1230. http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/nje.v12i3.43436

Chowdhury, M.R.K., Rahman, M.S., Billah, B. Kabir, R., Perera N.K.P, and Kader, M. (2022). The prevalence and socio-demographic risk factors of coexistence of stunting, wasting, and underweight among children under five years in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional study. BMC Nutrition, 8, 84 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-022-00584-x

Mahmud, I., Al Imam, M.H., Vinnakota, D., Kheirallah, K.A., Jaber, M.F., Abalkhail, A., Alasqah, I., Alslamah, T., Kabir, R. (2022). Vaccination Intention against COVID-19 among the Unvaccinated in Jordan during the Early Phase of the Vaccination Drive: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Vaccines; 10, 1159. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10071159 

Jahan, S.S., Nerali, J.T., Parsa, A.D., Kabir, R.(2022). Exploring the Association between Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance and Stress Factors among Dental Students: A Scoping Review. Dentistry Journal, 10, 67. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj10040067

Vinnakota D, Parsa AD, Sivasubramanian M, Mahmud I, Sathian B, Kabir R.(2022). Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy Termination among Tajikistan Women: Evidence from Nationally Representative Data. Women. 2(2):102-114. https://doi.org/10.3390/women2020012

Hakkim, S., Parsa, A. D., Arafat, S. M. Y., Mahmud, I., Sathian, B., Sivasubramanian, M., & Kabir, R. (2022). Pornography—Is It Good for Sexual Health? A Systematic Review. Journal of Psychosexual Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/26318318221088949

Patwary, M.M.; Alam, M.A.; Bardhan, M.; Disha, A.S.; Haque, M.Z.; Billah, S.M.; Kabir, M.P.; Browning, M.H.E.M.; Rahman, M.M.; Parsa, A.D.; Kabir, R. (2022). COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among Low- and Lower-Middle-Income Countries: A Rapid Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Vaccines, 10, 427. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10030427

Arafat, S. M. Y., Menon, V., Vinnakota, D., Saroj, A., Kar, S. K., & Kabir, R. (2022). Studies on Sexual Behavior During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Bibliometric Analysis. Journal of Psychosexual Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/26318318211067070

Syed, H.Z. & Kabir, R. (2022). Exploring the oral health status of patients with psychological issues. Journal of Primary Care Dentistry and Oral Health. 3(2):27-28. 10.4103/jpcdoh.jpcdoh_42_21   

Arafat, S. M. Y., Singh, R., Menon, V., Sivasubramanian, M. , & Kabir, R. (2022). Panic buying research: A systematic review of systematic reviews . South East Asia Journal of Medical Sciences, 6(1), 1–11. https://littlebaypublishers.com/index.php/seajournalms/article/view/84

Hakkim, S. &  Kabir, R. (2021). Pornography and it’s correlation with sexual health. Indian Journal of Health Sexuality and Culture .7 (2), 53–56. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6062934

Kabir, R, Mahmud, I., Chowdhury, M.T.H., Vinnakota, D., Jahan, S.S., Siddika, N., Isha, S.N., Nath, S.K., Hoque Apu, E. (2021) COVID-19 Vaccination Intent and Willingness to Pay in Bangladesh: A Cross-Sectional Study. Vaccines; 9(5):416. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9050416

Kabir, R., Isha, S.N., Chowdhury, M.T.H., Siddika, N., Jahan, S.S., Saha, A.K., Nath, S.K., Jahan, M.S., Sivasubramanian, M., Mahmud, I. & Hoque Apu, E. (2021). Depression among the Non-Native International Undergraduate Students Studying Dentistry in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (11): 5802. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115802.

Chowdhury MRK, Khan HTA, Rashid M, Kabir, R., Islam, S., Islam, M.S., Kader(2021). Differences in risk factors associated with single and multiple concurrent forms of undernutrition (stunting, wasting or underweight) among children under 5 in Bangladesh: a nationally representative cross-sectional study. BMJ Open;11:e052814. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052814

Abalkhail, A., Mahmud, I., Alhumaydhi, F.A., Alslamah, T., Alwashmi, A.S., Vinnakota, D. and Kabir, R., (2021). Hand Hygiene Knowledge and Perception among the Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Qassim, Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Healthcare (Vol. 9, No. 12, p. 1627). https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9121627

Mahmud, I., Kabir, R., Rahman, M.A., Alradie-Mohamed, A., Vinnakota, D., Al-Mohaimeed, A.(2021). The Health Belief Model Predicts Intention to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Saudi Arabia: Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey. Vaccines. 9(8):864. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9080864

Shimul, S.N., Alradie-Mohamed, A., Kabir, R., Al-Mohaimeed, A. and Mahmud, I. (2021). Effect of easing lockdown and restriction measures on COVID-19 epidemic projection: A case study of Saudi Arabia. PLOS ONE, 16(9), p.e0256958.

Almatroudi, A., Mousa, A.M., Vinnakota, D., Abalkhail, A., Alwashmi, A.S., Almatroodi, S.A., Alhumaydhi, F.A., Kabir, R. and Mahmud, I., (2021). Prevalence and associated factors of respiratory allergies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional investigation, September–December 2020. PLOS ONE, 16(6), p.e0253558. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253558

Recent presentations and conferences

Perceptions of undergraduate dental students towards community-based learning environments at the school of Density and Oral Health, Fiji National University. Pacific Islands Health Research Symposium, Suva, Fiji Islands, 29-30 August 2019.

Prelacteal Feeding Practice Among the mothers having children below 5 years of age at selected slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 6th International Conference on Natural Science and Technology, Asian University of Women, Bangladesh, 29-30 March 2019.

Impact of intimate partner violence on ever married women and utilization of antenatal care services in Tanzania. European Congress of Epidemiology: Crises, Epidemiological Transitions and the role of epidemiologists, Lyon, France, 4-6 July 2018.

The health effects of cyclone Sidr and Aila among the costal people in Bangladesh. 9th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 21-22 April 2017.

The potential change on health impacts of extreme weather events in coastal areas of Bangladesh. 28th Annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference at Rome, Italy, 1-4 September 2016.

Climate Change Impact: an experience from cyclone Sidr and Aila affected coastal areas of Bangladesh. Fourth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2015 at Colombo, SriLanka ,22-23 November,2015.

Exploring the impact of domestic violence on empowerment and health seeking behavior of women in Pakistan. Conference on Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services at Anglia Ruskin University, London, 10 September 2015.

Experiences of the climate change affected coastal people in Bangladesh. Research Student Summer Conference at Middlesex University, London, 19 June 2014.

Climate change and its impact on livelihood of coastal people in Bangladesh. 3rd International Conference on Climate Change and Social Issues 2014 at Colombo, Sri Lanka, 30-31 July 2014.

Experiences of the Climate Change affected coastal people in Bangladesh. 2014 Asian Congress on the Millennium Development Goals at Hiroshima, Japan, 6-8 August 2014.

Characteristics of Respondents of Climate Change affected coastal areas in Bangladesh. Summer Conference for Schools of Health & Education, Science & Technology and Institute for Work Based Learning, 20th June 2013, Middlesex University, London.

Understanding Climate change and its impact on human health in Bangladesh. 4th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses at The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, 12-13 July 2012.