A bit about Nivedita Malik
I have a BSc Honours Psychology degree and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Delhi University, New Delhi, India. I have been an active Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 2008. Previously I have worked as assistant clinical psychologist both overseas in India and in the National Health Service (NHS) UK with clients from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. Throughout my clinical experience, I have enjoyed working with a range of psychological difficulties in a variety of settings including child, adolescent and adult and from preventative through to the more severe end of the Mental Health service. My experiences working within a variety of mental health settings to date have allowed me to witness the significant positive impact of psychological interventions in reducing distress and promoting mental health.
I have developed a sound grounding in research methods during my postgraduate degree. My research thesis was on 'Self efficacy and psychological stress among adolescents: an empirical study.' I did a Poster Presentation on 'Parent evaluation of Central Manchester autism Post diagnostic groups' at Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Residential Conference September 2012. This study was an analysis of information gathered from the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) post diagnostic groups at Central Manchester Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
My Role in LuCiD
Currently I am working as a bilingual (Bengali / English) research assistant (RA) in a research project on ‘Early communicative interaction and vocabulary development.’ The project aims is to track the emergence and interaction associated with infants’ early communicative gestures in Bangladeshi, Chinese and English communities in Manchester. As a bilingual RA, I have been involved in recruiting Bengali and English participants through developing a strong links with the local Sure Start Centres and Community Centres in various catchment areas of Manchester.
Working in collaboration and partnership with the Sure Start Centres, I have successfully organised a community event for Bangladeshi families living in Manchester to generate awareness and engage mothers and babies in our research study. The recruitment process is helping me to engage with participants using a non-judgemental and compassionate approach thereby increasing mothers and babies’ accessibility to various services including stay and play groups and other babies and toddlers groups at the local Sure Start Centres.