Udita Iyengar



Udita is project manager at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She completed her PhD from UCL under the supervision of Professor Peter Fonagy and Dr. Lane Strathearn, with her research focusing on the maternal caregiving environment, examining maternal brain and behavioural responses to infant cues in mothers with substance use disorders. Udita then completed a postdoctoral research position at the MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, where she coordinated an imaging genetics mental health study of children and adolescents across India. Most recently, as project manager at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Udita is overseeing the Best Services Trial, a randomised controlled trial comparing an infant mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children.  Udita also is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University and trained in administering and coding the Adult Attachment Interview. Her academic interest includes attachment, early childhood development, and the neurobiology of maternal behaviours, and her non-academic interests include chasing after her toddler and cooking. 




Bryce, G. (2018) GIFT unwrapped: the New Orleans Intervention in Glasgow: summary report. London: NSPCC.

Turner-Halliday, F., Watson, N. and Minnis, H. (2016) Process evaluation of the New Orleans Intervention Model for infant mental health in Glasgow. London: NSPCC.

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