Research, Publicationsand Presentations

Mental Health Services for Children & Young People in Qatar

Thanks to many dedicated and hardworking scholars and researchers, the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health continues to produce studies and articles determined to uncover the multiple aspects of mental illnesses and to improve the quality of life of the Qatari population. In addition our faculty is invited frequently to do national and international presentations. Recently we joined Prestigious International Consortium of Enigma to advance research in Qatar. Qatar is the only country in the region to be part of this International Consortium.

Our research is focused on numerous aspects of child and adolescent mental health, including cultural, biological, developmental, and psychological perspectives, among others.

Our main areas of interests include:

  • Interphase of physical and mental health
  • Health services and policy
  • High-risk populations, including children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder
  • Neurodevelopmental models
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Neuroimaging

The following are some of the selected research/scholarly activities from our Division:

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications and Book Chapters

  1. Reddy, B, Hassuk, B, Azeem, MW; Strategies to Reduce and Prevent Restraint and Seclusion in Pediatric Populations. Psychiatric Times 2017, VOL XXXIV.No.2: 11-14
  2. Nazeer, A. A review on psychopharmacology in children and adolescents. J Altern Med Res 2017;9(1):43-53
  3. Imran, N, Haider, II, Azeem, MW; When Memories Become Malignant: An Update on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Psychiatric Annals 2017; 47 (3): 139-144
  4. Malik S, Dogar IA, Haider N, Irfan N, Cheema MA, Azeem MW. Psychiatric Co-morbidity and Patterns of different substance use among Individuals with Substance Dependence in Pakistan. J Psychiatry Mental Health 2017; 2(2): doi http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/2474-7769.119
  5. Imran N, Azeem MW, Sattar A, Thuras P, Carskadon M, Khawaja IS. Age and gender differences and correlates of morning-eveningness among adolescents in Pakistan. Sleep 2017; 40(suppl_1): A256-A256
  6. Khan MA, Owais SS, Ishaq S, Walley J, Khan HJ, Blacklock C, Khan MA, Azeem MW. Process evaluation of integrated early child development care at private clinics in poor urban Pakistan: a mixed methods study. Brit J Gen Pract 2017; DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen17X101073
  7. Malik S, Azeem MW. Pediatric Depression: The Latest in Diagnosis and Treatment. Psychiatric Annals. 2017: 47 (10): 502-506; DOI: 10.3928/00485713-20170911-01
  8. Imran N, Haider I, Azeem MW. Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents: An Update. Psychiatric Annals. 2017;47 (10): 497-501; DOI: 10.3928/00485713-20170913-01
  9. Albanna A, Bazaid K, Azeem MW. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: An Overview. Psychiatric Annals 2017; 47 (10): 512-518; DOI: 10.3928/00485713-20170908-01
  10. Naveed S, Amray A, Waqas A, Chaudhary AM, Azeem MW. Use of N-Acetycysteine in Psychiatric Conditions among Children and Adolescents: A Scoping Review. Cureus (2017) 9(11): e1888; DOI:10.7759/cureus.1888
  11. Nazeer, A. A review on psychopharmacology in children and adolescents. J Altern Med Res 2017;9(1):43-53
  12. Clausen CE, Guerrero A, Oshodi YO, Bazaid K, Leventhal B, Silva FD, Azeem MW, Tateno M, Wiguna T, Kaligis F, Skokauskas N. Advancing global child and adolescent mental health. Tidsskr Nor Legeforen 2017; DOI: 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0639
  13. Campisi L, Imran N, Nazeer A, Skokauskas, Azeem MW. Autism. Submitted: British Medical Bulletin-2017
  14. Nazeer A, Calles JR. Management of Adverse Effects from Atypical Antipsychotics. Submitted: Current Psychopharmacology 2017. Bentham Science Publishers
  15. Chapter 11: Pharmacogenomics in the Treatment of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders. Sophia Walker, Sasha Malik, Lisa Namerow and Salma Malik Book Title: Understanding Uniqueness and Diversity in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, IACAPAP 2018 Monograph (in press)
  16. Campisi L, Nazeer A, Azeem MW. Pediatric Sleep Disorder. Submitted: Chronic Illness and Disability: The Pediatric lung-2017
  17. Ghazal NA, Nazeer A, Azeem MW. Mental Health and Chronic Disease. Submitted: Chronic Illness and Disability: The Pediatric Heart-2017

Research Grants

  1. Deciphering the clinical, biological and therapeutic heterogeneity of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Qatari population (ASD-Q). Prof. Xavier Estivill, Prof. Muhammad Waqar Azeem
  2. Building Haplotype-resolved denovo genome maps for Qatari family trios with severe developmental disorders as a premium resource to enhance diagnosis and uncover their etiology in the Qatari population. Dr. Younes Mokrab, Prof. Muhammad Waqar Azeem
  3. Neurogenomics model for children affected with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Qatari population. Santosh Kumar Yadav, Ph.D., Ahsan Nazeer, MD, Muhammad Waqar Azeem, MD, Christina H Vlahos, Ph.D.
  4. Psychological wellbeing and treatment adherence in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A Pilot study for Qatar. Christina H. Vlahos, Ph.D., Ahsan Nazeer, MD, Omar M. Mahmood, Ph.D., Atif Magbool, MD, Salma Malik, MD, Muhammad Waqar Azeem, MD
  5. The validity of the Leiter-3 as a measure of non-verbal intelligence on a school-age Qatari sample: A pilot study. Nelli El-Ghazal, Ph.D., Lisa Campisi, Ph.D., Irshaad Shaffeeullah, MD, Ahsan Nazeer, MD.

Presentations in 2017

International:

  1. Jan 2017 “Depression in Children and Adolescents: An Update” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Lecture Presentation at the 5th International Child and Adult Behavioral Health Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  2. Jan 2017 “Training of the Child Arab Board Faculty for Child and Adolescent Examinations ”Muhammad Waqar Azeem, MD, Dorothy Stubbe, MD; Invited Workshop Presentation at the 5th International Child and Adult Behavioral Health Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  3. Jan 2017 “Developmental aspects of Pediatric Psychopharmacology” Salma Malik, MD; Invited Lecture Presentation at the 5th International Child and Adult Behavioral Health Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  4. Jan 2017 “Exploration of Pharmacogenomics: Incorporating Personalized medicine into Clinical Practice” Salma Malik,MD; Invited Lecture Presentation at the 5th International Child and Adult Behavioral Health Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  5. March 2017 “Qatar Experience in Developing Qatar National Autism Plan” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation, International Conference on Systems of Care for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Global Perspective, Dubai, UAE
  6. March 2017 “Pharmacological Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation, 6th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  7. April 2017 “Adolescent Psychotic Disorders: An Update” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation at 13th International Psychiatric Conference “Controversies in Diagnoses and Treatment in Psychiatry: Professional Experiences”, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  8. April 2017 “Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Update” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation, 4th Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review Course, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  9. April 2017 “Adolescent Psychotic Disorders: Assessment and Treatment” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation, 4th Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review Course, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  10. April 2017 “Qatar National Autism Plan: Overview” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation, International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Bhutan
  11. May 2017 “Developing a Global Framework for Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” Lavelle TA, Helm DT, Azeem MW, Munir KM;Poster Presentation at the International Meeting for Autism Research, San Fransisco, USA
  12. June 2017 Age and gender differences and correlates of morning-eveningness among adolescents in Pakistan” Imran N, Azeem MW, Sattar A, Thuras P, Carskadon M, Khawaja IS; Poster Presentation at the Annual Sleep Conference, Boston, USA
  13. October 2017 “Child, Adolescent and Women’s Mental Health Services in Qatar: Past, Present and Future” Muhammad Waqar Azeem, Ahsan Nazeer, Felice Watt, Deepak Kaura; Symposium on Global Perspectives on Child and Youth Mental Health Services, Presentation at WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany
  14. October 2017 “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Latest in Prevalence, Diagnosis and Treatment” Muhammad W Azeem; Invited Presentation at National Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Symposium, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  15. October 2017 “Child, Adolescent and Women’s Mental Health Services in Qatar: Past, Present and Future” Muhammad Waqar Azeem, Ahsan Nazeer, Felice Watt, Deepak Kaura; Symposium Presentation at 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  16. October 2017 “ Prevalence, Assessment, and Management of Psychotropic drug induced Movement Disorder in Pediatric Population “Muhammad Rehan Puri, Jennifer Zajac, and Salma Malik; Poster Presentation at 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  17. October 2017 “Exploration of a Semi-Structured Tool in the Assessment of Homicidal Ideation and threats of Violence” Sophia Walker, Mirela Loftus and Salma Malik. Poster Presentation at 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  18. October 2017 “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes among Pediatric Residents in Lahore, Pakistan” Raza F, Imran N, Khan HI, Azeem MW; Poster Presentation at 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  19. October 2017 “Preventing the Use of Restraint and Seclusion” Muhammad W Azeem, Bruce Hassuk; Special Interest Group Presentation , 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  20. October 2017 “An Exploration of Pharmacogenetics (2017 update) How do we apply current Science to our clinical Practice? “Lisa Namerow, Mirela Loftus and Salma Malik. Symposium Presentation at 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Washington DC, USA
  21. November 2017 “Conquering the Mind: Fears and Anxiety” Mahmood, Omar, Invited presentation, 8th Annual Sacred Path of Love Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  22. December 2017 “Journey of establishing Child Psychiatry Fellowship (FCPS) and advancement of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services in Pakistan”Muhammad W Azeem, NUMS /APPNA MERIT Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan
  23. December 2017 “Depression in Children and Adolescents: An Update” Muhammad W Azeem, RMU/APPNA MERIT Symposium at RMU, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

National:

  1. Feb 2017 “Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Perinatal Psychiatry in Qatar: Past, Present and Future” Muhammad Waqar Azeem; Grand Rounds Presentation at Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar
  2. April 2017 “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diagnoses and Assessment” Muhammad Waqar Azeem; Invited Presentation at Seminar on Supporting Children with ASD, Doha, Qatar
  3. April 2017 “Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder” Ahsan Nazeer; Invited presentation at Qatar Institute of Speech and Hearing, Doha, Qatar
  4. May 2017 “Depression in Children and Adolescents: An Update” Muhammad Waqar Azeem; Invited Presentation for Qatar Foundation Pre-University Education Schools, Doha, Qatar
  5. November 2017 “Learning Disabilities ,ADHD and Intellectual Disability: Best Practices in Assessment, Diagnosis and Management” Nelli Ghazal, Mohammad Ather, Salma Malik. Workshop presented at 6th Qatar International Mental Health Conference, Doha, Qatar.
  6. November 2017 “Socio-Emotional and Brain Development in Children” Omar M. Mahmood, Sawssan R. Ahmed, Invited Presentation at Arab International Academy, Doha, Qatar
  7. November 2017 “Anxiety Disorders in Child and Adolescent Population” Ahsan Nazeer, Lisa Campisi; Invited presentation at Doha Community Connect, Doha, Qatar