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Harleen Rai joined the University of Strathclyde as a Stretch Digital Research Fellow in 2021. As part of the CIS department, her research has a focus on the development of digital health interventions for vulnerable groups with a particular focus on mental health. During her PhD at the University of Nottingham (2016-2020), Harleen developed the app Thinkability: a cognitive stimulation application for people with dementia and carers ( Her PhD was part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network named INDUCT ( which allowed for multiple training opportunities & cross-sectorial/cultural collaborations with partners in industry, academia & policy.   

Prior to her PhD, Harleen worked for the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland as an intern and later as an external consultant. On both occasions, she was involved in the development of an online tool for carers of people with dementia named iSupport ( 

Harleen completed her MSc. in Clinical & Cognitive Neuropsychology (2015) and BSc. (Hons) in Psychology (2013) at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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


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