> Board of Advisors
Dr. Ayesha Mian
Dr. Mian is an Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Psychiatry at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, USA and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (DABPN) & the American Board of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (DABCAP).
Her research interests include Mood Disorders and educational research in Mental Health Literacy.
Dr. Kausar Waqar
Dr. Waqar graduated with a Masters in Special Education and obtained an MBBS from Sindh Medical College from the University of Karachi.
She is now an Inclusion Specialist with substantial experience in designing teaching courses and researching the areas of Inclusive Education, Gender in Education and Evaluation in Education for teachers in higher education.
Currently working on gender issues in education within schools of Sindh and Baluchistan, Pakistan. Her research interests include disability, gender and evaluation issues in a developing context and looking for their contextual solutions.
Dr. Nargis Asad
Dr. Asad completed her Post-Magisterial Diploma in Clinical Psychology and then went on to get a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi.
Currently, she is working at Pakistan’s leading institution; The Aga Khan University Hospital.
Dr. Nilofer Vazir
Dr. Vazir obtained her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada.
She also has a Masters Degree in Teacher Education from the Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) with a specialization in Social Sciences and Primary Education.
She has also been an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for ECED programs at AKU-IED and the Regional Director at the City School Network in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Vazir has been engaged in leading primary educational teams and teaching programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Dubai.
She has extensive experience in designing, teaching and supervising learning and research method courses ranging from PhD, MEd, advanced diploma and even certificate programs.
Dr. Paramjit T. Joshi
Dr. Joshi is the Endowed Professor and Chair in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's National Health System.
She is also the Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at George Washington University School of Medicine and has also served as its former president.
At present, she is a council member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
She has a PhD in Pediatrics from Punjab University in Pakistan and the Christian Medical College and Brown Memorial Hospital in Ludhiana, India and remained at John Hopkins for 22 years after completing her training there in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent psychiatry.
During the past 25 years, she has developed an expertise in the psychological effects of violence, crises, and trauma in children.
Dr. Joshi has received numerous grants to direct research and provide outreach services, including programs in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war in the Balkans.
She has also trained adult psychiatrists and pediatricians from war-torn countries such as Iraq and Eritrea on children’s mental health.
Shama Mohammed is the Director of Community Outreach at Interactive Research and Development (IRD), an organization working on research and health delivery, in Karachi, Pakistan.
Shama has been working in the development sector since 2000 and has worked in the fields of health, education, gender, community development, early child development, and microfinance.
She holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, USA and a Masters degree in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, USA.
Shazia Mohammed is a qualified art therapist and a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
She currently works with children, adults and families on issues related to anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, coping and attention.
Along with being the co-founder of the Karachi based NGO, AAHUNG Shazia facilitates expressive art workshops for children and adults who seek to enhance their personal strengths, gain insight to make better decisions and to enhance their sense of confidence and emotional well-being.
Tanya Jamil graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the London Guildhall University and over the past 14 years, she has worked with children with special needs in both home and school settings.
Since 1997 she has worked as a consultant, designing, implementing and overseeing home education programs for children with special needs including ABA programs for children with ASD.
Much of her work has been with children, parents and schools to support successful inclusion for children with special needs in both mainstream and SEN settings.
Currently, she is the headteacher and Special Need Education Coordinator (SENCO) and she monitors the special educational needs of all the children at Fredrick Hugh House School in London.