Amina Abubakar's research interests focus on developing strategies for identifying, monitoring and rehabilitating children who are at-risk of experiencing developmental delay and impairments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Specifically she is interested in: a)quantifying the neurocognitive burden of early childhood diseases b) developing culturally appropriate psychological measures for use in Africa c) Investigating antecedents and consequences of childrearing practices in the African context and d) Identifying culturally appropriate intervention strategies for at-risk children in SSA especially in the context of HIV. More recently she has become interested in studying contextual factors that influence well-being among adolescents and youth in different cultural contexts.
2008- PhD In Developmental Cross Cultural Psychology, Tilburg University.
Thesis Title: Infant-toddler Development in a Multiple Risk Environment
2002- Masters of Education In Educational Psychology, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
2008: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Tilburg University
2004-07: Research Associate, KEMRI/ Wellcome Trust Research Programme
2001 -03: Tutorial Fellow, Kenyatta University
2011-13: Executive functioning profiles of HIV positive preschool children. Funding Agency: Thrasher Foundation
2010-12: Parenting, sense of community and psychological wellbeing among adolescents: A twenty country study
2009-12: Infant predictors of middle childhood cognitive functioning: continuity, discontinuity and correlates Funding agency: NWO, the Netherlands
2009-12: Determinants and consequences of parenting behavior at the Kenyan Coast Funding agency: Initial funds from Utrecht University
2008-11: Psychosocial antecedents and consequences of severe malnutrition. Funding agency: KEMRI/ Wellcome Trust Collaborative Programme, Kenya
2007-12: Neurobehavioral manifestations of Prenatal HIV-Malaria co-infection in Kenya Funding agency: National Institute of Human and Child Development, USA (R01)- collaborator in the project
Prof. Anneloes Van Baar, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr. Penny Holding, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Prof. Charles Newton, KEMRI, Kenya and Institute of Child Health, UK
Dr. Josephine Arasa, United States International University-Africa, Kenya
Dr. Katie Alcock, Lancaster University, UK
Prof. Alan Stein, University of Oxford, UK
Dr. Itziar Alonso-Arbiol, University of Basque Country, Spain
Dr. Michael Kihara, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya
Dr. Ronald Fischer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Abubakar, A. Identity development across different cultural context. Symposium convened at the IACCP Regional Conference. July 2011 Istanbul Turkey.
Abubakar, A. Fischer, R. Organizational Justice and mental health: Perspectives from Africa. Paper presented at IACCP regional conference. July 2011 Istanbul Turkey
Aldhafri, S. & Abubakar, A. Ethnic Identity and Wellbeing among Omani Adolescents. Paper presented at IACCP regional conference. July 2011 Istanbul Turkey.
Abubakar, A. Van de Vijver, F.J.R. Evaluating Baumrind?s Legacy across Cultural Contexts: A Multilevel Analysis. Paper presented at IACCP regional conference. July 2011 Istanbul Turkey
Abubakar, A. Van de Vijver, F.J.R & Holding P.Infant Predictors of Short/ Long-Term Developmental Outcomes: Identifying Relatively Cheap but Valid Indicators of Risk. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March 2011, Montreal Canada.
Abubakar, A. Van Baar A.L. Maternal Characteristics, Home Environment and Their Relationship to Developmental and Nutritional Outcomes of Kenyan Children. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting. March 2011 Montreal Canada.
Abubakar, A, Van de Vijver, F.J.R. Van Baar, A, and Holding P. Validity and acceptability of using maternal reports for early identification of at-risk infants in Kilifi, Kenya. 19th Conference of the International Association for Cross-cultural psychology Bremen, Germany, 2008
Abubakar, A, Van de Vijver, F.J.R. Van Baar, A, Elizabeth, O. and Holding P. Caring for infants in low income communities at the Kenyan Coast. 19th Conference of the International Association for Cross-cultural psychology Bremen, Germany, 2008
Abubakar, A. Test adaptations within an African setting. International Conference on Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Context, Berlin, Germany, 2008
Abubakar, A., Van de Vijver F.J.R., Van Baar, A., Newton C, Holding P. The effects of prenatal exposure to HIV infection on development - Issues of specific, sensitivity and variability in Outcome. World Psychiatric Association Regional Conference- Mental Health in development, Nairobi, Kenya (2007)
2009: Research Fellow, Department of Pedagogical Sciences, Utrecht University.
2009-2010: Visiting Academic, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK
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