Dr. Jayashree Dasgupta

Co-PI for exploring parental understanding of cognitive impairment and cognitive enhancement in India

Dr. Jayashree Dasgupta is a clinical psychologist by training with a specialization in neuropsychology. She holds an MPhil and PhD from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India, where her PhD work profiled HIV associated neurocognitive disorder in Clade C HIV infection. Her current research focuses on understanding how detection of neurocognitive disorders across the lifespan and access to treatment can be can be improved by the use of technology. As the Project Director at Sangath for START (Screening Tools for Autism Risk Using Technology), she is developing a tablet based platform, which has the potential to be used by non-specialist workers to screen for neurodevelopmental disorders at the community level. Previously she has worked with the Public Health Foundation of India looking at how community led interventions for maternal depression can be scaled-up; and with Pearson, leading the Indian adaptation of psychological tests for assessment of intellectual ability and specific learning disabilities.

As a clinician, she has worked extensively with children and adults in hospital and clinical settings, providing cognitive rehabilitation and stimulation therapies.  It is this experience which has sparked her interest to explore the ethical issues around cognitive enhancement techniques and access to such interventions in low resource settings.