Professor Anita Thapar FRCPsych, PhD, CBE, FMedSci
Anita heads the academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry section at the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University and also directs the developmental disorders group within the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.
Her research focuses on the origins, development and complications of child neurodevelopmental disorders focusing mainly on ADHD but also on adolescent depression. Currently funded research investigations focus on the natural history of ADHD and Autism into adult life, preterm birth and its genetic links with neurodevelopmental disorders and the contribution of genetic and early life exposures to ADHD and ASD trajectories and investigations on youth depression including the recently funded £10million Wolfson Centre for Youth Mental Health in Wales,
Anita trained in Medicine, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Cardiff and South Wales. She was Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester between 1996 and 1999. She then became the first Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Wales in 1999 and developed research, teaching and a specialist clinical service (an NHS tertiary service for child neurodevelopmental disorders and “transition” ADHD clinic for 15 to 25 year olds).
In 2015, she served as lead editor (together with Dr. Daniel S. Pine, NIMH) of the authoritative international textbook Rutter’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Anita was awarded a CBE for services to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2017, the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2015 for contributions to policy, public knowledge, education and meeting population and patient care needs and the Ruane Prize 2015 from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, USA for outstanding Child & Adolescent Psychiatric research.
She is married to a GP and has two sons.