Researcher | Research Overview
Dr. Hamoda's primary research interest has been in utilizing advanced neuromiaging techniques such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Arterial Spin Labeling for the study of youngsters who are at early risk for schizophrenia spectrum and disorders and ADHD. The need to understand, to learn and to apply imaging techniques to the study of these debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders in order to characterize and localize brain abnormalities, led to his pilot work in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Laboratory and two current projects utilizing advanced imaging in the prodromal phase of schizophrenia as well as in ADHD.
Dr. Hamoda is also passionate about international child mental health and has provided consultation to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help map child, adolescent and maternal mental health initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and is currently developing a school mental health program for the region in collaboration with the WHO.
Researcher | Research Background
Dr. Hamoda is a graduate of Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine after which he completed his Psychiatry training at the Harvard South Shore Program followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified in Public Health. Dr. Hamoda also serves as a Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He has over 30 publications and poster presentations and his academic accomplishments have been recognized through awards from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and several national and international organizations including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.