Tanatswa Amanda Chikaura is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Tamsin Ford and Dr Elizabeth Weir. Her research interests are centered on neurodevelopmental conditions and mental health, with a specific focus on autism and anxiety/depression. Her PhD research is focused on epidemiological methods, examining the prevalence, diagnosis, and real-world outcomes of these conditions in autistic children and adults. Prior to beginning her PhD, Tanatswa completed an MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and a BSc Honours in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition to her academic pursuits, Tanatswa is also the Founder and Director of Ndinewe Foundation, a mental health organization in Zimbabwe. Her work in mental health has been recognized through the Diana Award, which is given to young people for their social action or humanitarian efforts. The award is in memory of Princess Diana and is administered by the charity of the same name. Both of her sons, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex, support the award. Tanatswa has worked with local and international organizations that focus on youth empowerment, young people’s mental health, and research, providing comprehensive advocacy and research to ensure mental health is given priority.
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