Anita Arinda, MD

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

My primary area of research interest is Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I am particularly interested in research neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disability. In the short term, I would like to focus on epidemiological research to establish the burden, distribution and determinants of these disorders in the Ugandan setting. In the long term, I would like to look into early diagnosis of these disorders including developing and validating screening and diagnostic tools for our setting. I am also interested in developing cost-effective and feasible intervention programs for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families in low-resource settings. I am currently looking at an intervention to increase HIV knowledge in adolescents with intellectual disability in Uganda.