As a consequence of the lack of attention and exposure to neurodevelopmental conditions in our society, there is a dire lack of research based on the population of Pakistan. At RFN we appreciate the important role that research plays in developing the field of developmental psychology and child mental health in Pakistan. The dearth of research distorts our perception of these conditions, and consequently the therapy prescribed, because our knowledge is based on research that is conducted in western countries, which aren’t only more developed and educated, but their culture is significantly different than ours.
For this reason, we aim to conduct research based on the Pakistani population, not only to understand how these conditions present themselves in our country, but also how that presentation is different from other countries. This way, we hope to inform therapies being used by practitioners and doctors, in order to have a larger impact on the neurodivergent individual.
Our attention will befall on research that is not just survey-based, but experimental as well in order to understand different factors and establish causal relationships between them. Because of this, we would hope to collaborate with research centres that are both local and international that would aid us in this process and help bridge the gap in literature.
PUCLAN: Pakistan UCL Autism Network
PUCLAN is a research network set up by individuals at RFN and UCL. Click here to find out more and join the network
Theory of Mind: Autism in Pakistan
ToMAP is a collaborative research project being conducted by individuals at RFN and UCL. Click here to find out more about the project.
We are currently looking into potential areas of research which can be conducted in Pakistan. Additionally, we have embarked on conducting a survey based study that looks into the experiences of families with an autistic child living in Pakistan. We are also collaborating with other research labs across the globe to conduct research in this field.
We are currently developing our first study and we will update this page on our progress. If you have conducted research in this field, please get in touch with us, we are always interested in hearing from other researchers about their work and experience. Moreover, if you have extensive experience in conducting research in Pakistan and/or neuro-developmental conditions, we would be grateful to have you mentor our research team. To get additional details, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us on our website.
If you are a parent of a child with a neuro-developmental condition, and would like to participate in research, please fill out the form here. We will get in touch with you to discuss our on going work and how you may be able to contribute.
More about the first phase of our current research project here: Factors Affecting Autism in Pakistan