Patricia Kipkemoi – KEMRI|Wellcome Trust, Kenya

I am a developmental psychologist from Kilifi, Kenya. My research interests are in the development and use of appropriate diagnostic assessments and interventions for children with neurodevelopmental conditions in Africa. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, and my MSc degree in Clinical Developmental Sciences from Kings College London, where I investigated the perspectives of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder on clinical genetics testing and healthcare. I have received invaluable experience in developmental science research at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program in Kilifi, where I worked as a research officer on the NeuroDev project. Currently, I’m a PhD student registered at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My PhD focuses on the characterisation of the phenotypic and genetic architecture of neurodevelopmental disorders; the risk factors and biomarkers and its psychosocial impact on affected families. In the future, I hope to blend research with clinical work and focus on interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their caregivers that enhance their quality of life and wellbeing and help them better care for their children. Outside of research, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going for walks, listening to music, and reading a good book by the beach.