Lectures and seminars PsychEpi external speaker series: Dr Rosa Hoekstra, Kings College London
MEB PsychEpi external speaker series presents:
Speaker: Dr Rosa Hoekstra, Associate Professor, Kings College London
Title: Developmental disabilities in low resource settings: perspectives from Ethiopia
Dr Rosa Hoekstra is Reader in Global Perspectives on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. After finishing her PhD in Behaviour Genetics at the VU University in Amsterdam, she continued her research through a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. Since 2009 she combines her autism research with teaching, first at The Open University (2009-2015) and now at King's College London (2015-present). Her research interests broadly cover two themes: i) Furthering the understanding of the heterogeneity of autism and exploring the underlying mechanisms underpinning this heterogeneity, including genetic, socio-cultural, sex/gender and environmental explanations; ii) Global perspectives on autism and other developmental disabilities, with a specific focus on Africa. Dr Hoekstra is PI on a set of studies involving children with developmental disabilities in Ethiopia. Together with Kenyan Professor Amina Abubakar she co-leads the large NIHR-funded SPARK project that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers in Ethiopia and Kenya.
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