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Elena Netsi

BSc, MSc, DPhil


ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests are in the area of maternal and child health in the context of adversity. My work so far has focused on disentangling some of the complex processes in play, which affect early child development in the context of maternal depression and socioeconomic adversity, with a specific focus during pregnancy and the first two years of life.  My work has utilised longitudinal and intervention studies to examine causal associations between early adversity and child development, the processes through which early adversity may impact on child development and identifying whether some children may be at increased risk for adverse outcomes in both high income (UK and the Netherlands) and low and middle income settings (Brazil and South Africa). 

My current work examines early child development in the context of maternal depression and socioeconomic adversity (in particular income inequality and parental HIV) in Brazil and South Africa, and how socioeconomic adversities in the context of rapidly transitioning societies impact on perinatal mental health and early child learning and behaviour in these two countries. 

This work is conducted in close collaboration with the Pelotas Cohorts and University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Africa Centre for Population Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, Durban in South Africa. 

I completed my DPhil at Brasenose College, Oxford University in 2014, investigating the association between antenatal depression and child development with a focus on infant sleep (Medical Research Council studentship). I subsequently worked on a Wellcome Trust funded randomized controlled trial aimed at improving cognitive, language and behavioural outcomes for children of women with persistent and severe postnatal depression. 
 
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