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'CAMH professionals multi-dimensional role as clinician scientists' In Conversation with Dr. Aisha Sanober Chachar
In this podcast, Dr. Aisha Sanober Chachar, recent ACAMH Awards 2020 (https://www.acamh.org/blog/results-of-the-acamh-awards-2020/) Winner (Clinical) Trainee of the Year, talks about the many different roles a CAMH professional has, be it researcher, clinician, carer, and even storyteller.
Aisha talks about the global dearth in CAMH specialists and the impact for mental well-being of young people, and how to enhance cross-cultural learning to foster a more global approach to child and adolescent mental health.
We also learn about Aisha journey as a clinician in Pakistan, Nigeria, and the UK, as well as her thoughts on health disparity, and the disadvantages faced by those populations who have been neglected.
‘Maternal depression, suicide risk and culturally appropriate interventions’ – In Conversation with Dr. Rhonda Boyd
In this podcast, Dr. Rhonda Boyd, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and psychologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, talks depression, suicide and culturally appropriate interventions.
Rhonda highlights the growing issue of depression and suicide for youth and discusses the most effective interventions for treatment. She also runs through key points from her JCPP paper which explored the association between family history of suicide attempt and neurocognitive functioning in community youth.
‘Emotional functioning in the transition from childhood to adolescence, and beyond’ – In Conversation with Professor Nick Allen
In this podcast, Professor Nick Allen, Director of the Centre for Digital Mental Health at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon, talks about developmental transitions from childhood to adolescence.
Nick discusses the types of mental health problems that commonly emerge during or after this period, and details so of the interesting interventions he is using. This includes the exploration of digital ways of tracking and analysing behaviour to detect mental health needs, using digital tools for the detection of mental health difficulties, and its provision of personalised interventions.
‘Understanding developmental cognitive science from different cultural perspectives’ – In Conversation with Tochukwu Nweze
In this podcast Tochukwu Nweze, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Nigeria, (https://www.unn.edu.ng/department-of-psychology/) Nsukka and, PhD student in MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge (http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/) talks about his recent paper on parentally deprived Nigerian children having enhanced working memory ability (read the research digest (https://www.acamh.org/research-digest/nigerian-young-people-from-parentally-deprived-backgrounds-show-enhanced-working-memory-capacity/) of the paper), how important is it to study cultural differences in cognitive adaption during and following periods of adversity, and how can mental health professionals translate this understanding of difference into their work.
'The Brain, early development, and autism' - In Conversation with Professor Emily Jones
Professor Emily Jones of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck University of London talks neurodevelopment, attention training and intervention.
Emily talks about her research around understanding cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive variability in the early development of core skills, why early development is highly important and translating findings into clinical practice.
'Sleep Patterns, Associations with Anxiety and Depression' with Dr. Faith Orchard
In a special episode of our In Conversation series, we hear from Dr. Faith Orchard (https://www.reading.ac.uk/Psychology/About/staff/f-orchard.aspx) about her recent paper, co-author by Prof. Alice M. Gregory, Prof. Michael Gradisar, and Dr. Shirley Reynolds, titled Self-Reported Sleep Patterns and Quality amongst Adolescents, Cross-Sectional and Prospective Associations with Anxiety and Depression.
The paper is part of the October 2020 Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Special Issue on Sleep (https://acamh.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14697610/2020/61/10) 'Waking Up to the Importance of Sleep for Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Disorders'.