Gauri Divan

Gauri Divan, MBBS, MRCPCH is a pediatrician who has been working in the field of developmental and behavioural pediatrics. She is based in Sangath, a non-governmental organization, working primarily in the field of child development, adolescent health and mental health. Sangath’s key mission and expertise lies in developing and evaluating interventions for childhood developmental disabilities (DD) and mental disorders across the life course, to be delivered through existing public systems.

As recognition of its work in Disability, Sangath is the State Nodal Agency for the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Mental Retardation, cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities (Government of India).  As a consultant in Sangath she provides clinical services which include the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. She is also a trained facilitator in the Portage package for Early Childhood Care and Education, which she used as a model to encourage inclusive education in government preschools.

She was a co-investigator in a Autism Speaks grant which explored the qualitative experiences of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Goa, India and was the site principal investigator for an International Clinical Epidemiological Network Trust ( led epidemiological study determining the prevalence of ten Neuro-developmental disorders in India and is currently a collaborator with University of Liverpool, University of Manchester and Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi; on another Autism Speaks grant, which is aiming to adapt the Preschool Autism Communication Therapy ( PACT ) to the South Asian context. She teaches on Sangath’s Leadership in Mental Health Course.

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