Sana-e-Zehra Haidry MA Psy, MPH, M.Sc. Cl. Ling, IDEALAB PhD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Professional Profile
Home Country: Pakistan
Field of Employment: Research and Capacity Building Consultant; Psychologist; Clinical Linguist

Sana Haidry has been conducting research and training on identification, assessment and remediation of reading, writing and spelling issues in Pakistan. She has developed the first Urdu dyslexia assessment test and has been working on a computer game based intervention for remediation of dyslexia in the Urdu language.

Sana argues that there is a lack of awareness about dementia in Pakistan and that no comprehensive instruments are available to assess dementia in the local languages.

There is a dire need to address the lack of awareness about dementia in low-and-middle-income countries. We need to actively engage electronic and social media in developing countries such as Pakistan in order to better understand, comprehensively assess and effectively deal with dementia. I have been trying to build a collaborative network of professionals and institutes in Pakistan to address this issue. I hope to conduct mass awareness sessions and plan to develop comprehensive paper-pencil and/or computerized assessment tools for dementia in the local languages, starting with Urdu. Apart from this I like to watch movies, listen to music, explore new places and cultures, and stay connected with my family and friends. I love to talk so am always up for a witty conversation.

Bio: Sana-e-Zehra Haidry holds three Master’s degrees in Psychology, Public Health and Clinical Linguistics. She earned her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Karachi where she ranked second in the psychology department and third in the faculty. She has a Master’s in Public Health with specialization in International Mental Health from the University of Melbourne on an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS-AUSAID), where her research protocol earned her a first class honours (H1) degree. Sana-e-Zehra was admitted to the European Masters programme in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL), a part of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programme. She received training in Potsdam (DE) and Groningen (NL). In 2013 she acquired her MSc degree and was admitted to the joint Erasmus Mundus PhD Programme International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain (IDEALAB) of the Universities of Groningen (NL), Newcastle (UK), Potsdam (DE), Trento (IT), and Macquarie University (AU), where she successfully defended her doctoral thesis in 2017.