Ms Roanna Maharaj is a trustee of the UK Thalassaemia Society. She was diagnosed with beta thalassaemia major at age 5 months old and began transfusions immediately after.
Inspired by her mother’s determination to improve access and quality of care for people with thalassaemia and other inherited blood disorders in Trinidad and Tobago, Roanna became passionate about working in the field of haemoglobinopathies.
Roanna holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in Psychology and a Master’s of Science with distinction in Health Psychology and is an accredited member of the British Psychological Society. During her MSc, Roanna underwent her professional training within the Health Psychology Haematology Department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ where she focussed on accessing and creating behaviour changing interventions to help people with sickle cell disease, haemophilia and other bleeding disorders live healthier and happier.
With regards to research, Roanna’s theses were focussed on psychosocial aspects and quality of life in people with thalassaemia. Currently, Roanna is enrolled on a doctoral research programme.
Roanna represents the UKTS and supports on National Haemoglobinopathy Panel, Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for haemoglobinopathies, UK Forum for Haemoglobin Disorders, Haemoglobinopathy Peer Review Steering Committee, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme, National Institute for Care Excellence, Infected Blood Inquiry amongst others.