Sahar Khonsari is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Theme of Cardiovascular Health in the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. She has recently completed her PhD in nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh. In her PhD thesis, she developed and evaluated a nurse-led mobile health intervention using the Medical Research Council (MRC) framework to improve cardiovascular medication adherence among cardiac rehabilitation patients. During her PhD, Sahar employed a great variety of research methods including mixed-methods, surveys, qualitative focus groups/ interviews and a randomised controlled trial. Prior to her post-graduate studies, she fulfilled service period subjected to Physician and Paramedic Act and worked as a registered nurse for around 5 years in the department of cardiac rehabilitation of a tertiary hospital in Tehran.
Sahar's research interests include development and evaluation of innovative solutions to secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, management of adherence to long-term medications, and use of new technologies to improve management of chronic conditions. She is a member of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and the Digital Health and Care Institute Scotland. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).