Tarnjit Sehmbi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine

Tarnjit Sehmbi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at VERI. Her current research interests include type 2 diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, and ethnic minorities. She holds Associate Fellowship award status from Advance HE (AFHEA).

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Tarnjit holds a BSc Psychology degree from Loughborough University, and a Health Psychology Masters and PhD from The University of Manchester. She has also worked as a student psychologist in the NHS, in both clinical and forensic settings.

Tarnjit's areas of expertise from her PhD include biological stress responses, romantic relationships, and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. She explored the views of stigmatised populations such as people with ME/CFS, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how romantic relationships impact illness experiences. She specialises in qualitative research, but has conducted mixed methods research.

During her time at the University of Manchester, Tarnjit was awarded Associate Fellowship status by Advance HE for her teaching on the BSc Psychology modules. She was also awarded ‘Best Contribution to Postgraduate Environment’ by the University of Manchester Doctoral Academy.

Spoken Languages
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
Research interests
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Loughborough University
  • MSc Health Psychology, The University of Manchester
  • PhD Psychology, The University of Manchester
Selected recent publications

Sidhu, T., Lemetyinen, H. and Edge, D. (2022) '‘Diabetes doesn’t matter as long as we’re keeping traditions alive’: a qualitative study exploring the knowledge and awareness of Type 2 diabetes and related risk factors amongst the young Punjabi Sikh population in the UK', Ethnicity & Health, 27(4), pp. 781-799.

Recent presentations and conferences

Tarnjit has presented her PhD research findings at:

  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Conference in Puerto Rico (March 2023)
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Conference in Birmingham, UK (April 2023)
  • Division of Health Psychology (DHP) Conference in Sheffield, UK (June 2023)