Miss Saloni Atal

Miss Saloni Atal

Research Fellow in Digital Health Innovation and Networking

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Saloni is a Research Fellow in Digital Health Innovation & Networking. She has a broad interest in global public health and her research focuses on the processes shaping the implementation and outcomes of health interventions and services in low- and high-income settings. She is particularly interested in community-based and partnership approaches to delivering effective and culturally appropriate services and interventions. She trained in social, cultural and community psychology, ultimately earning a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

She currently spends her time studying digital health innovation ecosystems as part of the EPIC-2 and HAIRE projects. Using social network analysis, her research aims to identify the enablers of digital health ecosystems in rural community contexts. As an extension of her graduate research, she also supports monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments for community health and development projects targeted at marginalised communities, particularly in India where she was raised.


Saloni earned her PhD in Social Psychology (2017-21) at the University of Cambridge as a Gates scholar. Prior to her PhD, she completed the MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology (2015-16) at Cambridge with Distinction and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology (2012-15) at the University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours. 


Atal, S., & Foster, J. (2020). “A woman’s life is tension”: A gendered analysis of women’s distress in poor urban India. Transcultural Psychiatry, 1363461520947836.

Atal, S., & Cheng, C. (2016). Socioeconomic health disparities revisited: coping flexibility enhances health-related quality of life for individuals low in socioeconomic status. Health and quality of life outcomes, 14(1), 1-7.

Cheng, C., Cheng, F., Atal, S., & Sarwono, S. (2021). Testing of a dual process model to resolve the socioeconomic health disparities: a tale of two Asian countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(2), 717.


Atal, S. Women and the city: embracing Gender-sensitive Policies. Rethinking Cities in a Post-COVID-19 World, 52. https://www.orfonline.org/research/rethinking-cities-in-a-post-covid19-world-68736/

Atal, S. Defining “community” in community mental health. Re-frame. https://mhi.org.in/voice/details/communities-practice-and-womens-mental-health/

Atal, S. Towards a Gender Equal Future of Work for Women. Tandem Research. https://tandemresearch.org/assets/Women-Platform-TR-2020-5.pdf