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I am a Lecturer of Clinical Psychology in the School of Health and Social Sciences, registered Clinical Psychologist, and Health Data Analyst/Statistician. I completed my postgraduate studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where I completed a combined Masters/Phd in in Clincial Psychology. My research was focused on family-based interventions for child mental health. I was then fortunate to have postodoctoral research fellowships at the University of Sydney conducting mental health service research focusing on population health-oriented system approaches to prevention and treatment. Clinical psychology is a career change for me. I have also previously worked as a Health Economist implementing components of National Health Reform, including optimisation of hospital funding systems and resource allocation into practice. I aim to combine both professional skills focusing on clinical effectiveness research in mental health.

Current Research Interests

My research covers clinical, social, and family determinants of childhood mental health with an addtional focus of mental health determinants over the life course. My work has a translational objective of personalising mental health care for children, young people, and their families/carers, to help optimise clinical outcomes and prevention. I adopt a multidisciplinary resarch approach to evaluating two intersecting areas that require evaluation in personalised care:

(i) Personalising interventions: Designing treatments in ways that are sensitive to, and capitilise on, individual differences in neurodevelopmental trajectories to mental illness and responses to treatment. I explore novel approaches to optimising treatment outcomes through developments in transdiagnostic research, neuroscience and personalised medicine; especially in relation to (but not limited to) externalising, internalising, and neurodevelopmental syndromes that place children at risk for lifetime mental ilnesses. My work primarily focuses on family-based approaches to the treatment of these problems and covers how family characteristics can influence outcomes. Key themes: Clinical child and family psychology: child externalising and internalising problems; family-based influences on child neurodevelopment and mental health (e.g., parenting, parental cognition; attachment), and child risk characteristics (e.g., temperamental traits, emotion dysregulation, neurobiology).

(ii) Population mental health guided by 'Right care, Right time, Right Place': This is important  to providing universal personalised healthcare by balancing considerations to clinical, psychoscial functioning, social determinants, and cost of healthcare to optimse personalised healthcare for patients. To this end, I am interested in implementation of  stage-based care to guide service innovation toward personalised care for individuals and the population. Key themes: Population mental health: health service research and innovation; prevention; social determinants of mental health; digital mental health

Collaborative Activity

Data Analytics for the Psychological Sciences Consulting: I am professionally trained in applied statistics (Ms Applied Statistics) and have extensive experience in data management. I would like to expand my work in these areas by colloborating on projects that might require data management and advanced statistical techniques.

Data management resources: data collection, transformation processes, and linking datasets

Statistical analysis: Multivariate statistics, regression, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory facor analysis, structural equation modelling, measurement invariance, mediation and moderation analysis 

Software: SPSS, SAS, Mplus, Access, Excel

contact details: vilas.sawrikar@ed.ac.uk



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