Saima Hirani, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hirani’s research interests relate to mental health and mental health promotion particularly for vulnerable and high risk population. Her research focuses on what factors and interventions can enhance capacity of individuals, families, and communities to take control over their own mental health and support others’ well-being. Working with multidisciplinary teams, her research provides key insights to guide health care providers, researchers, and policy makers to improve practices and approaches pertaining to mental health promotion.


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Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed

Park, T., & Hirani, S. (2021). A Methodological Review of Quality of Life Scales Used in Schizophrenia. Journal of nursing measurement, 29(1), 34–52.

Jenkins, E., McAuliffe, C., Hirani, S., Richardson, C., Thomson, K., Kousoulis, A., Morris, J., & Gadermann, A. (2021). A portrait of the early and differential mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada: Findings from the first wave of a nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Preventative Medicine, 145, 106333.

Daly, Z., Slemon, A., Richardson, C., Salway, T., McAuliffe, C., Gadermann, A., Thomson, K., Hirani, S., Jenkins, E. (2021). Associations between periods of COVID-19 quarantine and mental health in Canada. Psychiatry Research, 295, (113631) 1-9.

Gadermann, A., Thomson, K., Richardson, C., Gagne, M., McAuliffe, C., Hirani, S., Morris, J., & Jenkins, E. (2021). Examining the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on family mental health in Canada. BMJ Open, 11(1), e042871

Jenkins, E., Haines-Saah, R., McGuinness, L., Hirani, S., Boakye-Yiadom, N., Halsall, T., Rivers, R., & Morris, J. (2020). Assessing the impacts of the Agenda Gap intervention for youth mental health promotion through policy engagement: a study protocol. International journal of mental health systems[BMC], 14(58).

Hirani, S., Norris, C. M., Van Vliet, J. K., Van Zanten, S. V., Karmaliani, R., & Lasiuk, G. (2018). Social Support Intervention to Promote Resilience and Quality of Life in Women Living in Karachi, Pakistan: A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Public Health. 63(6),693-702.

Hirani, S., Lasiuk, G., Van Vliet, J. K., Van Zanten, S. V., Karmaliani, R., & Norris, C. M. (2018). Comparison of Urdu Versions of the Resilience Scale (RS-14) and the Resilience Scale for Adults (RSA). Journal of Nursing Measurement.1,26(1), doi: 10.1891/1061-3749.26.1.106.

Hirani, S., Lasiuk, G., & Hegadoren, K. (2016). Intersection of resilience and gender. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23(6), 455-467.

Khan, B. A., Hirani, S., & Ghulam Ali, N. S. (2015). Curriculum alignment: The soul of nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Education, 8(2) doi:10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00080.X

Somani, R., Karmaliani, R., Mc Farlane, J., Asad, N., & Hirani, S. (2015). Sexual harassment towards nurses in Pakistan: Are we safe? International Journal of Nursing Education, 8(2) doi: 10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00120.8

Somani, R., Karmaliani, R., Mc Farlane, J., Asad, N., & Hirani, S. (2015). Prevalence of bullying/mobbing behavior among nurses of private and public hospitals in Karachi Pakistan. International Journal of Nursing Education, 8(2) doi: 10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00111.7

Asad, N., Karmaliani, R., Somani, R., Hirani, Sh., Pasha, A., Hirani, S., et al. (2013). Preventing abuse and trauma to internally displaced children living in camps due to disasters in Pakistan. Child Care in Practice, 19 (3), 267-274.

Karmaliani, R., Pasha, A., Hirani, S., Somani, R., et al. (2012). Violence against women in Pakistan: Contributing factors and new interventions. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 33(12), 820-827. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.718046

Karmaliani, R., Shahzad, S., Hirani, S., et al. (2011). Meeting the 2015 millennium development goals with new interventions for abused women. Nursing Clinics of North America, 46(4), 485-493. doi:

Asad, N., Karmaliani, R., McFarlane, J., Hirani, S., et al. (2011). Applying community based participatory methods to meet women's mental health needs in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Psychology, 42(1), 119-130.

Dias, J. M., Mithani, Y., Hirani, S. (2011). Setting up a professional licensure examination in nursing (PLEN) at a university teaching hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 15, 2383-2386.

Hirani, S., Karmaliani, R., McFarlane, J., et al. (2010). Testing a community derived intervention to promote women's health: preliminary results of a 3-arm RCT in Karachi, Pakistan. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 10(3).

Hirani, S., Karmaliani, R., McFarlane, J., et al. (2010). Development of an economic skill building intervention to promote women’s safety and child development in Karachi, Pakistan. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 82-88. doi: 10.3109/01612840903254859.

Karmaliani, R., McFarlane, J., Asad, N., Irfan, F., Hirani, S., et al. (2009). Applying community based participatory research methods to improve maternal and child health in Karachi, Pakistan. Nursing Outlook, 57, 204- 209. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2009.01.003


Supervisor eligibility: 

  • MHLP
  • MN
  • MSN – thesis
  • MSN – non-thesis
  • PhD