Research

Advanced Findings on Perinatal Mental Health

Sidra Medicine’s perinatal and infant mental health team want to work together with other hospital staff, health care services, and the community to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of women, their babies and children, and families in Qatar. We are researching the best ways of recognizing symptoms and signs of mental illness in pregnant and postpartum women in Qatar and, in particular, the Arabic-speaking Qatari population.

We are also interested in considering the treatments most likely to be effective in Qatar, given cultural, geographical, and health system organization in the country.

We will continue to look at ways to improve access to our services through innovative work and available technology.

Current Research and Service Development Projects:

Publications

Presentations

International:

  1. April 2017 “In the Spotlight and Under Surveillance: Risk and Resilience Amongst Middle Eastern and North African Youth in the United States” Sawssan R. Ahmed, Gigi Awad, Maryam Kia-Keating, Selcuk Serin. Roundtable at the 2017 Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Conference, Austin, TX, United States.
  2. Sept 2017 An Australian Psychiatrist-Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and a Californian, Arabic Speaking Muslim Clinical Psychologist with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Expertise work together to provide “best practice” Psychotherapeutic Interventions for women with Perinatal Mental Health Disorders in Qatar: Challenges, Learnings and Reflections. Felice Watt, Sawssan R. Ahmed. Presentation at the Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Uluru, NT, Australia.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. November 2017 “The Intersectionality of Religious and Ethnic Identity and It’s Relationship to Psychological Symptoms in Arab American Muslim Adolescents: Demographic and Socio-cultural Considerations”. Sawssan R. Ahmed, Erin Valentine, Angela-MinhTu Nguyen. Presented at the3rd International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology in Children and Adolescents, Seville, Spain.
  6. November 2017 “A perinatal and infant mental health model of care (PIMH-MOC) - an opportunity to improve the wellbeing of women, their infants and families in Qatar” Felice Watt, Dalia Albahary, Hessa Shahbik, Sawssan R. Ahmed, Erin Valentine. Workshop presented at 6th Qatar International Mental Health Conference, Doha, Qatar.
  7. November 2017 “The Intersectionality of Religious and Ethnic Identity and It’s Relationship to Psychological Symptoms in Arab American Muslim Adolescents: Demographic and Socio-cultural Considerations”. Sawssan R. Ahmed, Erin Valentine, Angela-MinhTu Nguyen. Presented at the3rd International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology in Children and Adolescents, Seville, Spain.
  8. November 2017 “The Development of a Perinatal Mental Service in Qatar: The First 6 Months - Baby Steps, Challenges and Opportunities.”. Felice Watt, Safia Ahmed, Sawssan R. Ahmed, Hayfaa Al-Naemi. Presented at the 3rd Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Chicago, IL, United States.

National:

  1. October 2017 “Cygnet Programme” Fatima Janjua, Erin Valentine, Nahed Alateeqi, Five-week Parent Education Series Presentation at Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar.
  2. October 2017 “Sometimes it hurts when we care: workplace trauma – impacts, responses, building resilience”. Felice Watt. Presented for World Mental Health Day, Sidra Medicine.
  3. October 2017 “Can a perinatal psychiatrist be of use during the antenatal period? Red flags and recommendations. Felice Watt. Woman’s Hospital, Doha, Qatar.
  4. November 2017 “Autism Education for PHCC Physicians – The Cygnet Programme” Fatima Janjua, Erin Valentine, Nahed Alateeqi, Invited Presentation at PHCC, Doha, Qatar.
  5. November 2017 “Socio-Emotional and Brain Development in Children” Omar M. Mahmood, Sawssan R. Ahmed, Invited Presentation at Arab International Academy, Doha, Qatar