Jasmine Kaduthodil, Fulbright Researcher
Tuesday, April 30, 4 pm
USEF Auditorium, Gyaneshwar
People in Nepal face no lack of psychological traumas, from community-level traumas such as earthquakes, flooding, or food scarcity, to individual-level traumas such as addiction and domestic violence. Unfortunately, there are multiple barriers for those who seek mental healthcare after experiencing trauma. These include cultural stigma, a lack of professional resources, and even a lack of instruments needed to diagnose psychiatric disorders. The goal of this project was to develop, validate, and modify neurocognitive assessments used in various research and medical capacities around the world. This tool is able to measure not only a spectrum of psychiatric symptoms, but also symptom severity specifically for Nepal. We have created a diagnostic measure that is easily accessible and works in low resource settings, allowing us to move towards both improving mental health research and increasing access to mental healthcare in Nepal.