Anita Arinda – Makerere University, Uganda

I am a psychiatrist from Kampala, Uganda. I received my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery as well as my Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences. I have great passion for child and adolescent mental health research in low resource settings. My area of research interest is neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and I am interested in characterizing its presentation among Ugandan children as well as associated comorbidities. I would also like to explore the risk factors of ASD including the genetic risk as well as perinatal risk factors. I am also interested in studying stress, resilience and risk in children. I would like to study the role of adverse childhood events (both in-utero and early childhood) on child behaviour and development as well as future mental health outcomes. In five years’ time, I hope to be an established independent researcher in child and adolescent mental health and also develop cost-effective and feasible intervention programs for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. Outside of work, I enjoy reading interesting books and watching documentaries.