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Biography

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 area of interest is early intervention and prevention in child and adolescent mental health. I take a life course approach with a particular interest in childhood mental health (especially Disruptive Behaviour, Externalising Problems, Emotion Dysregulation, Anxiety etc) and family/social environmental factors in pathways to major mental disorders (e.g., depression, mood disorders). I adopt methods from a range of disciplines, that include:

(i) Stratified medicine and neurocognitive psychology where I study risk mechanisms that may underpin pathways from common childhood mental health problems (Disruptive Behaviour, Externalising Problems, Anxiety) to major lifetime mental disorders in adulthood. I explore novel approaches to treatment based on targeting key determinants of illness progression. I am particularly interested in transdiagnostic features of childhood psychopathology (i.e., emotion dysregulation) and the utility of family-based treatments in curtailing the risk for major lifetime disorders like depression and mood disorders. 

(ii) Population mental health where the focus is on improving access and reach of evidence supported treatments and preventive interventions for common mental disorders (e.g., anxiety, externalising behaviour, depression) in the community. The work also focuses on how family and social factors influence access and effectiveness of clinical care, as well as address the social determinants of health.

Current research interests

Clinical child and family psychology: child externalising problems; ADHD; family-based influences on child neurodevelopment and mental health (e.g., parenting, parent cognition; attachment; early adverse experiences), and child risk characteristics (e.g., temperament, emotion dysregulation, neurobiology).

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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