ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Azadeh Nematy

Junior Fellow

FotoFaculty of Health Science,
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: azadeh.nematy@uni-bielefeld.de


Azadeh Nematy is a doctoral researcher of the faculty of health science at Bielefeld University. She was trained as a clinical psychologist and worked for five years in the mental healthcare system. Dealing with socially disadvantaged groups including female sex workers, the homeless mentally ill and sexual minorities give her deep insights into institutionalized discriminations.

In 2016, Azadeh won UK government scholarship that enabled her to continue her education in gender and sexuality studies at the University of Leeds.

Azadeh's activities in academia and healthcare setting follows 10 years of work with various non-governmental organizations in the field of gender and sexual rights and health aims at raising awareness to abolish LGBTQ+ conversion therapies and other discriminations against sexual minorities in healthcare system. She takes a critical approach toward mainstream psychology in her research and practice.

Current Main Research Interests

Azadeh's research interest focuses on social exclusion and its effects on mental health. Her current project focuses on LGBTQ+ refugees and asylees access to mental healthcare services.

Four selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Nematy, A., Namer, Y. & Razum, O. (forthcoming). LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers mental health: A qualitative systematic review: 3rd International Conference LGBT+ Psychology and Related Fields (June 2021- presentation).
  • Nematy, A. ; Hines, S. (2019). Lived Experience of Iranian Bisexual Women: A Thematic Analysis. Journal of gay and lesbian social services.
  • Nematy, A. ; Oloomi, M. (2016). The comparison of attachment styles among Iranian lesbian, gay, and bisexual and heterosexual people. Journal of gay and lesbian social services. Vol 28, No4-369-378.
  • Nematy, A.; Fattahi, K.; Khosravi, Z.; Khodabakhsh, R.(2014). A Comparison of Early Maladaptive Schemata among Homosexual, Bisexual and Heterosexual People in Iran. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. 18 (4), 361-374.