I am interested in examining the development of infants who are both typically developing and those who are at-risk for atypical development. In particular, I am interested in looking at how early-life risk factors contribute to the emergence of a range of mental health outcomes.
I joined the BRIGHT project after completing my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2017. As part of my PhD I worked on the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS), which examines infant markers of autism spectrum disorder in children at increased familial risk for the condition. My focus was to examine the children’s mental health outcomes, particularly anxiety, during school-age and to investigate potential infant predictors of these symptoms.
My role within the BRIGHT project is to take a lead on the behavioural measures used in the study. I am interested in examining cognitive and behavioural development, parent and child interaction styles and general psychological wellbeing among the infants in both The Gambia and UK.