Bhismadev Chakrabarti is Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and research director of the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. His research (Bhismalab) focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of autism neuroscience, in UK and in India. Prof. Chakrabarti is the principal investigator of the START project.
Indu Dubey is a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. Dr Dubey is responsible for ensuring the scientific presentation of the tasks on the app as well as the precision of the data generated by them.
Simon Brett is an M.Phil. researcher at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and researches on social motivation. He has been responsible for pilot data collection on the START project.
Prasannajeet Mane is a research intern at Bhismalab, and has been working on pilot data analysis on the START project.
Mark Johnson is the former Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the School of Psychology, Birkbeck College and currently Head of Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge . His research focuses on functional brain development over the first years of life. Prof. Johnson is a co-investigator of the START project, and provides specialist input on task design and analysis.
Teodora Gliga is the Programme Leader of the Infant Siblings Study at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College. Dr Gliga's research focuses on developmental pathways to autism and ADHD. Dr. Gliga is a co-investigator of the START project, and provides guidance on the development of the app, task design, and analysis.
Dr Georgia Lockwood-Estrin
Georgia Lockwood-Estrin is a Henry Wellcome postdoctoral research fellow at Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College. Her work on this project aims to combine START platform usage with other psychometric and behavioural measures.
Sharat Chandran is Professor of Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. His research focuses on graphics and vision. Prof. Chandran is a co-investigator of the START project, where he is responsible for overseeing the technical implementation of the app, and supervising the analysis pipeline.
Rahul Bishain is a PhD student with Prof Chandran at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. His doctoral research focuses on developing and refining computer vision algorithms. In the START project, he is responsible for technical implementation of the app, and maintaining the data collection and analysis streams.
Matthew Belmonte is a visiting researcher at the Com DEALL Trust, Bangalore, and a Reader at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University. His primary research focuses on relationships between social cognition and non-social processes of cognitive, motor and perceptual control, within and beyond the autism spectrum. As a co-investigator of the START project, Dr Belmonte provides specialist input on the technical implementation of the task battery on the tablet, as well as in the development of the analysis pathways.
Vikram Patel is a professor of global health and social medicine and psychiatrist whose work over the past two decades has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries. Prof. Patel is a co-investigator of the START project, and oversees the design and data collection in India using the START platform.
Prof. Sheffali Gulati
Sheffali Gulati is the chief of Child Neurology Division at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). She is the faculty in-charge of the centre of excellence & advanced research on childhood neurodevelopmental disorders at the department of pediatrics, AIIMS, New Delhi, India. As a co-investigator in the START project, she provides clinical expertise to guide the data collection from children with ASD using the START platform.
Dr Gauri Divan
Gauri Divan is a paediatrician working with Sangath, and has served as the lead clinical consultant for multiple research projects on neurodevelopmental disorders in low-resource settings. Dr. Divan is a co-investigator of the START project, and oversees the design and implementation of the field data collection using the START platform.
Dr Jayashree Dasgupta
Jayashree Dasgupta is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology and an interest in public health. In the START project, Dr. Dasgupta is responsible for the field data collection and training of the community health workers.
Dr Supriya Bhavnani
Supriya Bhavnani is an INSPIRE Faculty member at Public Health Foundation of India. Her research focuses on neuroscience and public health aspects of developmental disorders. In the START project, she is involved in training of the community health workers and the data collection process.
Dr Debarati Mukherjee
Debarati Mukherjee is an INSPIRE Faculty member at Public Health Foundation of India. Her research focuses on translational cognitive neuroscience to study neurodevelopmental disorders. In the START project, she is involved in training of the community health workers and the data collection process.
Therapy Box is a London based app development agency who have won multiple awards for innovations in assistive technology. Therapy Box have been responsible for coding the app with input from the rest of the START team.