Georgia Lockwood-Estrin

Postdoctoral Researcher



Research interests

My research interests lie at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and public health. I am particularly interested in translation of neuroscientific methods into global mental health in order to improve detection of developmental disorders. I am a Sir Henry Wellcome post-doc fellow, and my work focuses on establishing the ability, feasibility and acceptability of using portable eye-tracking technology to identify children at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in low-income contexts, specifically in India.

Prior to working at the CBCD, I was as Senior Research Associate in the Section for Women’s Mental Health, IoPPN, KCL, and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). My PhD, at Imperial College London, focused on investigating the neurodevelopment of foetuses and infants at risk of developmental disorders using Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging.


Curriculum vitae

2010 - 2014. PhD, Clinical Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Imperial College London
Thesis title:Characterisation of typical and atypical human brain development.”

2008 - 2009.  MSc Clinical Neuroscience, University College London, Institute of Neurology
Dissertation title: “Epilepsy surgery patients: correlation between histopathology and MRI”

2006 - 2008.  BSc Neuroscience, University of Nottingham



Lockwood Estrin, Georgia and Wu, Z.Q. and Deprez, M. and Bertelsen, Á. and Rutherford, M.A. and Counsell, S.J. and Hajnal, J.V. (2019) White and grey matter development in utero assessed using motion-corrected diffusion tensor imaging and its comparison to ex utero measures. Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine , ISSN 1352-8661.

Lockwood Estrin, Georgia and Ryan, E.G. and Trevillion, K. and Demilew, J. and Bick, D. and Pickles, A. and Howard, L.M. (2019) Young pregnant women and risk for mental disorders: findings from an early pregnancy cohort. BJPsych Open 5 (2), e21. ISSN 2056-4724.

Morrison, J. Chunsuwan, I. Gronholm P. & G. Lockwood Estrin. Thailand’s national universal developmental screening programme for young children: action research for improved follow-up. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3:e000589. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2017-000589

C. Kapungu, S. Petroni, N. Allen, L. Brumana, P. Collins, M. DeSilva, J. Haj-Ahmad, A. Leichner, G. Lockwood Estrin, G. Patton, B. Pringle, O. Omigbodun, S. Singh, T. Dua, W. Zeck. Research and Programmatic Priorities on the Gendered Influences on Adolescent Mental Health: Recommendations from an Expert Convening. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. DOI: 10.1016/S2352-4642(17)30152-9

M. Kuklisova Murgasova, G. Lockwood Estrin, R.G. Nunes, S. Malik, M. Rutherford, D. Rueckert, J. Hajnal. Distortion correction in fetal EPI using non-rigid registration with a Laplacian constraint. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. Feb 2017.

S. Bhavnani & J. Dasgupta, G. Lockwood Estrin, D. Mukherjee. M. Johnson, B. Chakrabarti, B. et al. V. Patel. Translating neuroscience to the front lines: point-of-care detection of neuropsychiatric disorders. Lancet Psychiatry. October 2016 3:(10); 915–917.

A. Kleinman, G. Lockwood Estrin, S. Usmani, D. Chisholm, P.V. Marquez, S. Saxena, T.G. Evans. Time for mental health to come out of the shadows. The Lancet. 2016 June 4; 387(10035):2274–5.

G. Lockwood Estrin, V. Kyriakopoulou, MJ. Fox, J. Allsop, SJ. Counsell and MA. Rutherford. White and grey matter differences between neonates with antenatally diagnosed isolated ventriculomegaly and healthy controls. NeuroImage Clinical 2016 Jan; 11; 139-148.

G. Lockwood Estrin, M. Thom, NK. Focke, MR. Symms, L. Martinian, SM. Sisodiya, JS. Duncan and SH. Eriksson. Correlating 3T MRI and histopathology in patients undergoing epilepsy surgery. J Neurosci Methods. 2012 Mar 30; 205(1): 182-9.


Selected Presentations

G. Lockwood Estrin, & S. Bhavnani. Harnessing M-Health Technologies to Assess Cognitive Development in Children - from Typical to Atypical, Invited presentation at Identification of Children with Disabilities in the early years in global settings (INDIGO) Study and Collaborative Network, Liverpool, 18-20th April 2018.

G. Lockwood Estrin, L.M. Howard, Trauma and mental disorders in young pregnant women: findings from the WENDY study, presentation at Domestic Violence Forum, King’s College London, 9 June 2017.

 G. Lockwood Estrin, Impact of the Grand Challenges Canada global mental health portfolio, Invited speaker in the Global Mental Health stream of the Grand Challenges Conference, London 24-26th October 2016.

G. Lockwood Estrin, Invited panellist at launch of Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing 10th May 2016.

G. Lockwood Estrin. Mental illness and the family. Emerging Markets Symposium, Green Templeton College, Oxford, Invited presentation, January 2016.


Grants and scholarships

ISSF2 Career Development Award; May 2018 - May 2019.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellowship; Sept 2017 – Sept 2021
Study Title: Establishing objective measures for identifying children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using eyetracking technology in the UK and India

King’s College London Global Research Award; July 2017.

O3 seed fund; July 2018 – Sept 2019
Study Title: An exploratory study to understand the attitudes towards cognitive enhancement interventions in parents of children with mild to moderate cognitive delay

Naughton Clift Matthews Global health Fund; 2016 - 2017
Study Title: Giving carers a voice: exploring carers’ and implementers’ experience of the child developmental screening programme (DSMP) in a community clinic in central Thailand

Medical Research Council – Clinical Sciences Centre PhD Studentship; 2010-2014
Study Title: Brain in-utero and ex-utero brain development using Magnetic Resonance Imaging advanced techniques

Medical Research Council (MRC) MSc studentship; 2009


Awards and appointments

2017 Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
Charity Insights Award, Imperial College London      
Academic Achievement Award, University of Nottingham



Guest lecturer 2018
BSc Psychology, King’s College London
MSc Public Health, Imperial College London

Module lead and module development 2016-2017
IoPPN, King’s College London, MSc in Global Mental Health and Applied Mental Health Research