Syeda is a research assistant at the QMUL Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry working on the TACK study which is looking at the effectiveness of a digital intervention for chronic depression. Before this, she was a research assistant for the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit at UCL and contributed to the recent Independent MHA Review. Whilst Syeda is keen to pursue a clinical career, she hopes to continue her research activities. Her research interests include ethnic inequalities, the mental health of Muslims, the experience of carers, as well as service user and carer involvement in research. Syeda is also a keen tweeter and has put on her Elf hat at a number of conferences!
Syeda Akther writes her debut elf blog on a recent review looking at racial disparities in bipolar disorder treatment and research. She argues that we need to start having serious conversations about racism that go beyond unconscious bias.[read the full story...]