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Dr Vaheshta Sethna  BA MA PgDipCBT MSc DPhil
Postdoctoral research fellow

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Institute of Psychiatry
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United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

departmentsForensic and Neurodevelopmental Science


Vaheshta holds a DPhil in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the role of parental depression on early child development. Vaheshta’s main research interests include, perinatal depression in men and women, an assessment of early mother-infant and father-infant interactions, and infant brain development. She is currently working on the Brain Imaging in Babies Study (BIBs), examining the impact of antenatal depression in women, on early parenting, and on the infant’s brain function and structure.

teaching activities

Mental Health in Learning Disabilities » Masters (MSc)
Forensic Mental Health Research » Masters (MSc)
Clinical Forensic Psychology » Masters (MSc)


Ramchandani PG, Domoney J, Sethna V, et al., 2013, Do early father-infant interactions predict the onset of externalising behaviours in young children? Findings from a longitudinal cohort study, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol:54, ISSN:0021-9630, Pages:56-64

Psychogiou L, Netsi E, Sethna V, et al., 2013, Expressed emotion as an assessment of family environment with mothers and fathers of 1-year-old children., Child Care Health and Development, Vol:39, ISSN:0305-1862, Pages:703-709

Sethna V, Murray L, Ramchandani PG, 2012, Depressed fathers’ speech to their 3-month-old infants: a study of cognitive and mentalizing features in paternal speech., Psychological Medicine, Vol:42, ISSN:0033-2917, Pages:1-11

Paul G.Ramchandani, Lamprini Psychogiou, Haido Vlachos, Jane Iles, Vaheshta Sethna, Elena Netsi, Annemarie Lodder (2011) Paternal depression: An examination of its links with father, child and family functioning in the postnatal period. Depression and Anxiety, 1-7

Wai Chen, Kaixin Zhou, Pak Sham, Desmond Campbell, Mary Jane Boholst, Jo Knight, Penny Andreou, Renée Arnold, Frits Boer, Cathelijne Buschgens, Louise Butler, Hanna Christiansen, Liat Feldman, Karin Fleischman, Ellen Fliers, Raoul Howe-Forbes, Abigail Goldfarb, Alexander Heise, Isabel Gabriëls, Isabelle Lubetzki, Rafaela.Marco, She’era Medad, Ruud Minderaa, Fernando Mulas, Ueli Müller, Aisling Mulligan, Karina Rabin, Nanda Rommelse, Vaheshta Sethna, et al.,(2008) DSM-IV Combined subtype ADHD shows familial association with sibling trait scores: a sampling strategy for QTL linkage. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 5:147 B (8): 1450-60

P Asherson, K Zhou, R J L Anney, B Franke, J Buitelaar, R Ebstein, M Gill, M Altink, R Arnold, F Boer, K Brookes, C Buschgens, L Butler, D Cambell, W Chen, H Christiansen, L Feldman, K Fleischman, E Fliers, R Howe-Forbes, A Goldfarb, A Heise, I Gabriëls, L Johansson, I Lubetzki, R Marco, S Medad, R Minderaa, F Mulas, U Müller, A Mulligan, B Neale, F Rijsdijk K Rabin, N Rommelse, V Sethna, et al., (2008) A high density SNP linkage scan with 142 combined subtype ADHD sib pairs identifies linkage regions on chromosomes 9 and 16. Molecular Psychiatry, 13 (5): 514-21.

Keeley-Joanne Brookes, BSc; Jon Mill, PhD; Camilla Guindalini, BSc; Sarah Curran, MRCPsych, PhD; Xiaohui Xu, MD; Jo Knight, PhD; Chih-Ken Chen, MD, PhD; Yu-Shu Huang, MD; Vaheshta Sethna, BSc; Eric Taylor, FRCP, FRCPsych, PhD; Wai Chen, MRCPsych; Gerome Breen, PhD; Philip Asherson, MRCPsych, PhD (2006) A common haplotype of the dopamine transporter gene associated with attention- deficit /hyperactivity disorder and interacting with maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Archives of General Psychiatry 63:74-81

K Brookes, X Xu, W Chen, K Zhou, B Neale, N Lowe, R Aneey, B Franke, M Gill, R Ebstein, J Buitelaar, P Sham, D Campbell, J Knight, P Andreou, M Altink, R Arnold, F Boer, C Buschgens, L Butler, H Christiansen, L Feldman, K Fleischman, E Fliers, R Howe-Forbes, A Goldfarb, A Heise, I Gabriëls, I Korn-Lubetzki, R Marco, S Medad, R Minderaa, F Mulas, U Müller, A Mulligan, K Rabin, N Rommelse, V Sethna, J Sorohan, H Uebel, L Psychogiou, A Weeks, R Barrett1, I Craig, T Banaschewski, E Sonuga-Barke, J Eisenberg, J Kuntsi, I Manor, P McGuffin, A Miranda, R D Oades, R Plomin, H Roeyers, A Rothenberger, J Sergeant, H-C Steinhausen, E Taylor, M Thompson, S V Faraone, P Asherson and L Johansson (2006) The analysis of 51 genes in DSM IV combined type attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: association signals in DRD4, DAT 1 and 16 other genes. Molecular Psychiatry, 11(10): 934-53

Heptinstall, E., Sethna, V., Taylor, E. (2004) PTSD and depression in refugee children. Associations with pre-migration trauma and post-migration stress. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 13 (6): 373-380

Heptinstall, E., Sethna, V., Taylor, E. (2003) The mental health needs of refugee children in the South London and Maudsley (SLAM) Trust.

last updated: Friday, September 27, 2013