Karim Mitha


Research title: Identity, resilience, and mental health amongst Muslims in Scotland

Research Summary

Karim's current research interests examine the role of social processes on development of common mental disorders (CMDs), ie: depression and anxiety. The primary subject population being examined is British Muslims and the project aims to examine the impact of acculturative processes on subsequent psychological morbidity. The aim is to gain a holistic picture, through examining key community stakeholders and individual experiences, of how British Muslims undergo various acculturative processes, the role of their faith and ethnic identity, and the impacts of discrimination and integration. This research utilises an interdisciplinary approach and employs qualitative and quantitative methodologies using an intersectional approach.



  • Mitha, K. "Intersectional spaces of disabled people of colour in academia". Chronically Academic blog
  • Mitha, K. "Sufism and Healing".  Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 


  • Mitha, K. "BPS Annual Conference Review". PsyPAG Quarterly, 103: 58-59.
  • Mitha, K. "Review of  the play The Kite Runner". The Institute of Ismaili Studies 2016 Newsletter, pg 7.
  • Mitha, K., Adatia S., & Jaspal, R. "Two cultures, one identity: Formulations of Australian Isma'ili Muslim identity". Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life.  11(1): 41-60. 


  • Mitha, K. “Review of BPS Annual Conference 2016”. Psych-Talk, 85:10-11.
  • Mitha, K. & Adatia, S. “The faith community and mental health resilience amongst Australian Ismaili  Muslim youth.” Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. 19(2):192-207.


  • Mitha, K. “Identity, Race, and Belonging”. The Psychologist, 28(10): 852-853. 


MQ Mental Health (2019)

American Anthroplogical Association (2018)

Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health Congress bursary (2018)

British Academy ECR Grant – Mental Health Policy and Social Science Practice (2018)

BSA Support Fund (2018)

University of Edinburgh New Network Award (2017)

BPS Annual Conference Postgraduate Bursary (2016)

GLADD Research Prize (2015)

Institute of Ismaili Studies Research Grant (2012)

Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education Travel Grant (2012)


2019:  Mitha, K. Intersectional experiences of mental ill health: A case study of Muslims in Scotland. poster presented at MQ Mental Health Data Science conference. Royal College of Physicians, London, February 2019.

2018:  Muir, M., Anderson, N., Barrell, J., Conway, D., & Mitha, K. Caries experience of children with learning disabilities and autism in Europe - a systematic review. British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.  Cavendish conference centre. London. November 2018

Mitha, K. Identity, Islamophobia, and mental health: A qualitative investigation into mental health  needs amongst Scotland’s Muslims. Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health World Congress. –  European Public Health Association. University of Edinburgh,  Edinburgh May 2018 In:  In: The European Journal of Public Health , 28(suppl_1), cky047.013, https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/28/suppl_1/cky047.013/4973057

Tan, S., Mitha, K., & Quigley-Legido, H. Effective ways to address the unment NCD needs of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health World Congress - European Public Health Association, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh May 2018. In: The European Journal of Public Health, 28(suppl_1), cky047-196. https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/28/suppl_1/cky047.196/4973243

Mitha K. “Rescued by Scotland”? Identity and resilience amongst Scotland’s Muslim community.  British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle April 2018

2017:   Mitha, K. Muslims in Scotland: Identity, Integration, and Impact on Psychological Wellbeing. British Psychological Society - London and Home Counties Branch Symposium: Identity. Institute for Child Health. University College London. London June 2017.

Mitha, K. "Scotland is 10-20 years behind London anyway": Naratives of identity and inclusion from British Muslims. British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum Regional Event: Contemporary Racisms in Scotland and England - Interrogating, Comparing, and Learning from Brexit and its Aftermath. Kinning Park Complex. Glasgow. June 2017 

Mitha, K. Challenges in mental health service delivery for Scottish Muslims. Public Health in a changing world. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Edinburgh. May 2017

Mitha, K. An overview of integration, inclusion, and mental health needs amongst Scottish Muslims. Migration, ethnicity, and health inequalities. National Institute for Health Research - Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. Sheffield. April 2017

2016:     Mitha, K. Religious identity and its influence on religious discourse in mental health. Mental Health and Cultural Diversity conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2016

Mitha, K. “If it’s not talked about, it doesn’t happen”: Explaining Muslim under-utilization of psychiatric services. Poster presented at The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, April 2016

2015:      Mitha, K. “Insights from researching mental health in diasporic Muslim communities”. Globalizing Mental Health, Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey, December 2015

Mitha, K. “Awareness of mental illness amongst South Asian Muslim male immigrants”. Poster presented at Scottish Mental Health Research network. Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland. October 2015.

Mitha, K., Adatia, S. “Toques and tea, or chapals and chai: Muslims, media, masti, and meaning”. British Association for Islamic Studies, University of London, April 2015.





  • University of Edinburgh MBChB - Health, Ethics Society: Social Psychiatry, Stigma and Discrimination


  • University of Edinburgh MBChB - Health, Ethics Society: Disability, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health. 


Guest Lecturer:

  • University of Edinburgh MOOC Global Mental Health - Culture and Spirituality 



  • De Montfort University - BA (Health Studies), BSc (Public and Community Health), BSc (Psychology), Bsc (Psychology and Health Studies)
    • Human Body
    • Research Methods
    • Health Improvement
    • Health Psychology
    • Introduction to Social Research
    • Healthcare Management
    • Debates and Dilemmas in Healthcare
    • Applied Social Research
    • Dissertation
    • Health Promotion and Public Health
    • Gender and Health
    • Globalisation and Health
    • Psychology of Sexuality 

Additional Information

Karim Mitha has an inter-disciplinary and international academic background. He studied for his Health Studies and Psychology qualifications in Canada, pursued Islamic Studies in London, studied an intensive Arabic programme in Syria, and studied Public Health in the United Kingdom and has obtained a certificate in counselling skills.  He is also trained in Mental Health First Aid. Consequently, his research areas and interests are very interdisciplinary in nature. His background in health psychology has enabled him to use mixed-methods research approaches to examine behavioural factors in health outcomes. His current research themes are broadly aligned with diversity issues and cross-cultural care – looking at issues of social exclusion, acculturation, experiences of care, and factors involved in mental ill health. He also engages with social psychology perspectives to examine aspects of social policy, marginalization, religion, and culture within concepts of group process theory, identity, and social representation. 

Member - European Health Psychology Society

Fellow - Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures, Commerce

Fellow - Royal Society of Public Health

Division of Health Psychology; Division of Academics, Researchers, Teachers in Psychology; Social Psychology Section - British Psychological Society

Member - The British Sociological Association

Member - Muslims in Britain Research Network

Member - British Islamic Medical Association

Member - Migration Health and Development Research Initiative