Dr Ruchika Gajwani
- Clinical Psychology Research Fellow (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
Dr Ruchika Gajwani joined the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in May 2014, as a Clinical Psychology Research Fellow. She is an Honorary Clinical Psychologist at the Psychotherapy service in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
On completion of an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology from the University of Durham in 2003, Ruchika was awarded a PhD in Psychology in 2008, and ClinPsyD (Clinical Psychology Doctorate) in 2013 from the University of Birmingham. Her doctoral research investigated developmental pathways to affective dysregulation in young people at-high-risk of psychosis, with a specific focus on attachment difficulties and childhood trauma. She has a special interest in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) and is currently training to be a CAT therapist.
Engaging substantially in the model of early intervention service, she has previously been involved in large-scale research projects on ethnicity and detention, care pathways and predictors of transition amongst young people at clinically-high-risk of psychosis.
Ruchika is involved in research on youth mental health, with a particular interest in early detection and intervention for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and psychosis. Her current projects are investigating the extent to which genetic and environmental factors contribute to mental health difficulties – specifically, the links between neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), using data on twins in Sweden. Also, the overlap between NDDs and ACEs in predicting severe mental health difficulties across child & adolescent and adult mental health services (Age 12-35).
Current research interests include:
- neurodevelopmental disorders
- adverse childhood experiences
- affective dysregulation and suicide prevention
- youth mental health
- early Intervention for borderline personality disorder
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- Working on Hearts and Minds
Chief Scientist Office
2018 - 2018
- From attachment to psychopathology: Affective dysregulation and neurodevelopmental disorder in young people at-risk of severe and enduring mental illness
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
2016 - 2018
- Using Magnetoencephalography to Investigate Aberrant Neural Synchrony in Prodromal Schizophrenia: A Translational Biomarker Approach
Medical Research Council
2014 - 2018