OMPHI Current Fellows
Michelle Fernandes graduated in clinical medicine from St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore, India where she was awarded the Chitra Stephen Solomon Gold Medal for excellence in Public Health.She graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford in 2011. Michelle was awarded the Clarendon Fund Scholarship, the Kokil Pathak Scholarship and the Harold Hyam Wingate Scholarship for her doctoral studies in Child Psychiatry and was named a Donald J. Cohen Fellow by the European Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received the TATA Idea Idol award in March 2012. Michelle’s main research interests are foetal and infant neurodevelopment, perinatal medicine, and child development in situations of adversity. She is currently working as an OMPHI International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and is responsible for devising a neurodevelopmental assessment protocol for, and co-ordinating the Infant Development Group of, the INTERGROWTH-21st Project and the INTERBIO-21st study. Michelle is also the Junior Dean of Exeter College, Oxford; a founding member of Oxford’s Perinatal Psychopatholoy and Offspring Development Research Group (pPOD); a program associate for the global NGO Microclinics International and a research consultant for the Oxford-Wikipedia Study.