The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

Dr Roghieh Dehghan Zaklaki

Dr Roghieh Dehghan Zaklaki

Dr Roghieh Dehghan Zaklaki

Honorary Fellow

NIHR Clinical Fellow

UCL Institute for Global Health

Roghieh joined the Institute of Global Health at UCL in 2016 after having been awarded a two-year In-Practice Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). In her current project, she aims to conduct a culture- and gender-critical analysis of the health impacts of sexual torture in the Afghani, Iranian and Kurdish refugees in the UK. This research idea is the result of her experience as a voluntary medico-legal report writer at Freedom from Torture (FFT), which coincided with her MA in Near and Middle Eastern studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). During that time she became acutely aware of the complex and multifaceted health impacts of torture, especially rape, as a particular form of trauma that is closely linked to one’s sense of identity.

In addition, her interest in working with marginalised and vulnerable groups has taken her to Bangladesh, where, as part of her MSc in Palliative Care at KCL, she conducted a pioneering palliative care research in Dhaka in 2008, which provided assistance to emerging local services.

She also still works as a part-time general practitioner in North London.

Publications and outputs

Dehghan, R (2019). Access to health care for illegal migrants: ethical implications of a new health policy in the UK. Br J Gen Pract 2019; 69 (679): 56-57. DOI:

Roghieh Dehghan: A migrant GP on upfront NHS charges. (2017) BMJ Opinion.

Dehghan, R, Ramakrishnan, J, Uddin-Ahmed, N, and Harding, R. “They patiently heard what we had to say…this felt different.” BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 2012; 2: 145-149. See also: .abstract

Dehghan, R, Ramakrishnan, J, Uddin-Ahmed, N, and Harding, R. “The use of morphine to control pain in advanced cancer: an investigation of clinical usage in Bangladesh.” Palliative Medicine, 2010, 24(7): 707-714. See also:

Dehghan, R. (2018). The health impact of (sexual) torture amongst Afghan, Iranian and Kurdish refugees: A literature review. Torture Journal, 28(3), 77-91.

Dehghan, R, Wilson, J. Healthcare professionals as gatekeepers in research involving refugee survivors of sexual torture: An examination of the ethical issues. Developing World Bioeth. 2019; 00: 1– 9.

Dehghan, R, Imagine- Bolder language to address racism in the NHS,

The Hostile Environment affects a huge range of people every day in the UK. Here, Dr Roghieh Dehghan Zaklaki features in a short film discussing the impact of the hostile environment on health and education.