Dr Sajida Hassan Abdul Hussein

Honorary Visiting Fellow


Dr Sajida Hassan Abdul Hussein Research group: TBA
Email: sa227@le.ac.uk
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The Greenwood Institute of Child Health,
The School of Psychology,
University of Leicester,
LE3 0QU,

Research Interests and Techniques

Dr. Hassan is a Clinical Psychologist; additionally she has a Masters degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and has completed her PhD in Child Psychology from the University of Leicester, UK under supervision of Prof Panos Vostanis. She currently holds an honorary visiting fellow position at the Department of Psychology, Greenwood Institute of Child Health University of Leicester (UK).

She is working at the Child Development Programme under Hussaini Foundation Pakistan since 2010. The project consists mainly of training programmes for parents and teachers to raise awareness about early identification of common child mental health problems and their management amongst primary school children. The certified training programmes are officially collaborated with the Greenwood Institute of Child Health. Profrssor Panos Vostanis is actively involved in the development and evaluation of the training programme. For further info log on to www.cdp-hf.org

Dr Hassan has conducted several successful training programs for primary school teachers and parents since 2007. She has written various other papers published in national and International journal on topics related to child psychology in Pakistan.

Research Group and Funding

Research project: 2014-2015


Funding: Hussaini Foundation (Child Development Programme) www.cdp-hf.org


Objectives: This study has two major objectives:

1) to explore primary school teachers’ experiences regarding the presenting psychological difficulties of their students; and,

2) to understand the strategies teachers  used to help students and whether or not their intervention is effective.

Method: A randomized control trial will be conducted with three arms.

Group A (intervention group) Participants who have previously attended child psychological trainings. (n=50)

Group B (Control Group B) Participants who have no training experience but are employed in the school (group A) where teachers have previously been trained. (n=50)

Group C (Control Group C) Participants selected from a school where none of the teachers have previously attended any training. (n=50)

Procedure: Semi-structured individual interviews will be conducted with 50 teachers in each of the 3 treatment arms. (n=150)

Each participant was asked the following

  1. What types of child psychological/mental health problems do you regularly encounter in your job
  2. What types of interventions and strategies do you use?
  3. When/why are these interventions effective?
  4. When/why are these interventions not effective?
  5. What would help in improving these interventions in the future?

Results: Descriptive and content analysis procedures will be applied to analysis the interviews. Categories of psychological difficulties and suggested intervention strategies will be identified. Comparison between the intervention and control groups will be conducted. Results and implications will be discussed.

Recent Publications

Hussein, S.A., & Vostanis, P. (2013) Teacher training intervention for early identification of common child mental health problems in Pakistan. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 18(3), 284-296.

Hussein, S.A., Bankart, J. & Vostanis, P. (2013) School based survey of psychiatric disorders amongst Pakistani children: A feasibility study. International Psychiatry, 10(1), 15-17.

Hassan, S.A., Vostanis, P., Bankart, J. (2012) Social and educational risk factors for child mental health problems in Karachi, Pakistan. International Journal of Mental Health & Culture.  5 (1) pp.1-14

Hussein, S.A.(2011). Prevalence of mental health disorders amongst 5-11 year old primary school children in Karachi, Pakistan. Journal of Pakistan Psychiatry Society. 8(1),6-11.

Hussein SA (2010) Dual informant ratings of emotional and behavioural problems amongst primary school children. Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research. 25 (2), 165-177.

Syed E U, Hussein S A. (2010). Change in knowledge of ADHD following a five day teachers training program: pilot study. Journal of attention disorder. 13(4) 420-423.

Hussein, S.A (2009). Effects of neighborhood, family and school characteristics in a sample of Pakistani primary school children. Pakistan Journal of Pakistan Psychiatry Society. 6 (2), 90-99.

Hussein, S.A (2009). A review of global issues and prevalence of child mental health problems: Where does CAMH stand in Pakistan? Journal of Pakistan Psychiatry Society. 6 (1), 5-13.

Syed EU, Hussein, S.A.,Azam I., Khan A.G. (2009) Comparison of Urdu version of Strength & Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) & the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) amongst school children in Karachi Journal of College Physicians& Surgeons Pakistan. 19(6), 375-39.

Syed EU, Hussein, S.A., S. Haidry (2009). Prevalence of emotional and behavioral problems among primary school children in Karachi, Pakistan - multi informant survey. Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 76(6), 623-627.

Hussein, S.A and Vostanis P (2008) Urdu translation and cultural adaptation of Schedule for Affective Disorders & Schizophrenia for School Age Children (6-18 yrs) Pakistan Journal of Pakistan Psychiatry Society, 5 (2), 81-85.

Syed EU, Hussein, S.A & Mahmud (2007) Screening of emotional and behavioral problems amongst 5-11 year old school children in Karachi, Pakistan. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 42 (5),421-427.

Syed EU & Hussein, S.A (2007). Developing Services with Limited Resources: Establishing a CAMHS in Pakistan, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 12( 3) ,121–124

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