Dr. Rabya Mughal

Rabya Mughal is a developmental psychologist with expertise in atypical neurodevelopment, frontal lobe function relating to social conforming, and theories of Othering. She is interested in the interplay between the micro (neuropathological), meso (societal) and macro (global, including colonial-legacy) systems in relation to the phenomenon we term radicalisation. Her PhD from the UCL Institute of Education assessed the role of social deprivation on neurocognition and pathology in children and adolescents on the Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrums, and children in the foster care system. She has experience researching how social norms and environmental trauma can alter neural pathways as well as how frontline services and public policy can address atypical child development. She previously held postdoctoral positions at the UCL School of Medical and Life Sciences, assessing in-community public health measures for individuals with psychiatric needs. Prior to re-entering academia as a doctoral student, Rabya worked in public policy, focusing on education for special needs and vulnerable groups.

Dr. Eolene Boyd-Macillan, PhD, is a social psychologist working within the framework of public mental health promotion to develop and test community-based interventions that increase self-regulation, resilience and social cohesion and reduce destructive social polarisation and inequalities. She is Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of IC Research, Cambridge Public Health, University of Cambridge. Her research includes populations living with legacies associated with historic migration events alongside opportunities and challenges linked to current migration and displacement due to political, economic and environmental crises. She is a lead expert on the EC Efus BRIDGE project seeking to address destructive social polarisation across thirteen municipalities in seven countries and supervisor of a new intervention for young people and those working with them in Sweden. She co-founded the IC-ADAPT Consortium with Prof Valerie DeMarinis, Dr Maria Nordendahl, Prof Derrick Silove, Dr Alvin Tay, hosted by Cambridge. Integrating two evidence-based models, IC-ADAPT bridges individuals/ family groups and structures/ systems through a community focus.

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