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Biography

Udita completed her PhD from University College London and at the Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab at Baylor College of Medicine, and her PhD explored maternal attachment, brain, and behavioral responses to infant cues.

Udita joined King’s College London in 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher at the SGDP, and currently works at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2017 as project manager of the BeST? Services Trial, a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children.

Udita guest lectures on King's College London BSc and MSc programs, and at Roehampton University about attachment theory and the brain. 

Research Interests

  • Early child development and looked-after children
  • Infant mental health
  • Maternal mental health
  • Attachment theory and the brain

Teaching

  • Guest lecturer on MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Child Development module Guest lecturer on MSc Mental Health Studies: Psychological Treatment Module
  • Guest lecturer on BSc Psychology course: Attachment and Emotion
  • Module co-lead: MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Child Development module

Expertise and Public Engagement

Recipient of Public Engagement Award (2017) to create parenting course for mothers; participating in Family Drug and Alcohol Court; panel speaker on “Oxytocin: Birthing the World” event in 2017; contributed to The Mental Elf blog.