Early Career Branch

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Welcome to the ACAMH Early Career Branch.

An early career branch is crucial as it provides young professionals with foundational skills, networking opportunities, and industry insights. It helps them establish a clear career path, fostering growth and development. Access to mentors and peers encourages continuous learning and innovation. Early exposure to real-world challenges enhances problem-solving abilities and adaptability. Additionally, being part of an early career branch boosts confidence, motivation, and professional identity. It also bridges the gap between academic knowledge and practical application, ensuring a smoother transition into the workforce. Ultimately, it lays the groundwork for long-term success and fulfillment in one’s chosen field.

Join the Early Career Forum

Anyone Early Careerer can join our Forum, it’s completely free! ACAMH members can login and participate in discussions on the Forum. If you’re not an ACAMH member (yet!), you will need to register to use the Forum first. This video walks you through the registration process.

To protect your privacy the Forum is private, and is only visible to those who are part of the Forum. In order to take part in discussions, please use the Request Membership button on the Forum landing page. An alert will be sent to the Forum admin, who will check it and grant you access. This video walks you through the process of joining the SIG once you’ve logged in to the website.

By using this forum, you agree to the following Ground Rules for conduct:

  • Use respectful and appropriate language at all times
  • You must respect copyright laws and the privacy of group members
  • Please stay on-topic; start a new thread if you want to take a discussion in a new direction
  • Any content which does not abide by these rules may be removed without warning.

 

 

  • Meet the branch
    Clara Faria

    Dr. Clara Faria

    Clara is from Brazil and is a junior doctor and aspiring child and adolescent psychiatrist. She currently serves as a Young Person Ambassador for ACAMH and is interested in eating disorders and in the epidemiology of mental health disorders in young people. Clara is a MPhil candidate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

    Marc Ferger

    Dr. Marc Ferger

    Marc is from Germany and is research fellow at the Group of Biological Child and Adolescent Psychiatry led by Prof. Dr. Julian Koenig at the University Hospital of Cologne. His broad research interests include the investigation of neuroendocrine systems and their impact on trauma-related disorders, especially non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, in children and adolescents. He is passionate about drug discovery and clinical trials since there is a high unmet medical need for the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.

    Dr. Luis Farhat

    Dr. Luis Farhat

    Luis C. Farhat from Brazil is a final year medical student at the Faculty of Medicine FMUSP, University of São Paulo. He has a strong interest in epidemiology, evidence-based mental health and precision psychiatry. His research efforts are focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders, e.g. trichotillomania, and neurodevelopmental disorders, e.g. autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, across the lifespan.

    Gloria Cheung

    Dr. Gloria Cheung

    Gloria is a Specialised Foundation Doctor and aims to pursue a career of academic child psychiatry. She is currently leading a qualitative research project on sexting and mental health in young women as part of her SFP project. She is also the junior clinical advisor of Student Psychiatry Audit and Research Collaborative (SPARC). Gloria developed her interest in academia during medical school and intercalated in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience MSc at the University of York. Her research experiences have contributed to her appointment as Psych Star by RCPsych and nomination for the ACAMH Undergraduate Clinical Trainee of the Year.

    Malaika Okundi

    Malaika Okundi

    Malaika is a Research Assistant working on the Landscaping International Longitudinal Datasets (LILD) project, the Exploring the Transmission of experiences of Racism, Anxiety, DEpression in families (TRADE) project and the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures. Malaika joined the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre as a research assistant in 2022 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Global Health and Social Medicine – Neuroscience at King’s College London.

    Elena Triantafillopoulou

    Elena Triantafillopoulou

    Elena has been working on the Catalogue of Mental Health Measures and the Landscaping International Longitudinal Datasets project. Her role also involves working as the project manager of Findable, Accessible and Reusable curated mental health data for DATAMIND, the Health Data Research Hub for Mental Health. Elena holds a dual BSc in Biology and Psychology and a certificate in Public and Professional Writing from the University of Central Florida, after which she completed the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology at King’s College London.

    Tanatswa Chikaura

    Tanatswa Chikaura

    My name is Tanatswa Amanda Chikaura and I am currently doing an MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience. My research interests lie primarily in cognitive neuroscience. I am interested in the underlying mechanisms of mental illness, as well as neurodegenerative diseases, paying particular attention to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. My MPhil project is using blood markers and focusing on cytokines with the attempt to identify the cognitive decline and neuropsychiatric features within frontotemporal dementia.

    Pauline Thibaut

    Pauline Thibaut

    I joined King’s College London in 2019, where I started studying the BSc in Biomedical Sciences - Neuroscience program. During my summers throughout the BSc, I worked as a Research Assistant in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, where I worked on developing, testing, and implementing low-cost and scalable depression interventions in low- and middle- income countries. I then completed a MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford in 2022-2023, where I researched how antidepressants impact affective learning under distinct environmental conditions with varying levels of environmental enrichment. I am passionate about developmental psychology and data-driven methodologies for research, as well as making data more discoverable from low- and middle- income countries.

    Eliza Hamdorf

    Eliza Hamdorf

    Eliza joined the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London in early 2024 as a Research Assistant on the Landscaping International Longitudinal Datasets project. The project aims to identify and review longitudinal datasets worldwide and bring attention to areas that could be enriched. Eliza obtained a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Deakin University, Melbourne, during which she completed a thesis focusing on the impacts of childhood trauma on mental health. Eliza has also contributed to research at Deakin University exploring the effects of screen time on the psychosocial development of young children, as well as on the mental health of Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans.

  • We want you

    We are looking for new people to join our committee. We are friendly and committed group so do please get in touch. For more information email

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  • International Mentoring Day

    On Wednesday 17 January, we celebrate the International Mentoring Day. I am an individual at the earlier stages of his career who recognizes that mentoring has been indispensable as I continue to strive towards my long-term goal of becoming a clinical researcher in child and adolescent mental health. While I am primarily based in Brazil (and undoubtedly recognize that local mentorship is critical), I have also been fortunate to have mentors in other countries, such as the US and the UK, who have shared their knowledge and opened numerous opportunities for me. 

    As part of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH), the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP) has recently created the Affiliate Editor (AE) program to support, through mentorship, young professionals in child and adolescent mental health such as myself. Our Editor-In-Chief, Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke, conceptualized the AE program as a strategy for early-career researchers to collaborate closely with senior editors to support them in making decisions while receiving mentorship and training regarding the editorial role at the JCPP. All senior editors of the JCPP highly endorsed the initiative, which was successfully launched in the summer of 2023. The journal now features 20 AE who are equally benefitted.  

    Over the past 6 months, I have enjoyed working with Drs. Michael Bloch and Julian Koenig as an AE handling Research Reviews for the JCPP. Before working at the JCPP, as an author, I had yet to fully comprehend that editors are, in part, responsible for navigating, advancing, and promoting our field. Drs. Bloch, Koenig, and I are in constant communication with each other and thoroughly discuss and reach a consensus on decisions for each paper that we edit to ensure that we publish Research Reviews that align with the JCPP’s mission (as outlined in an editorial from Prof. Sonuga-Barke). Through working as an AE and having close mentorship from Drs. Bloch and Koenig, my perceptions of the editorial and peer-review procedures have shifted positively. I now have a fresh perspective on the importance of these processes, which will hopefully translate to my own research work as an author.  

    Besides, as an early-career researcher, I have enjoyed working collaboratively with investigators worldwide and easily recognize their importance in my development. The JCPP is widely recognized as the leading international journal covering child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry and features leading experts in several fronts of our field. Because I am part of the JCPP community, I am confident that there will be several networking opportunities with other senior and affiliate editors of the JCPP, hopefully promoting further my development in the field.