Dr Mandy Barker
Recently head of a specialised unit for autism at the Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at the CHUV, Lausanne. Born in Switzerland, she graduated from the University of Geneva in 1996. She was trained by Prof. B. Cramer and Prof. F. Palacio in Geneva.
Since 2000, she has worked mainly with children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. After a year of training in medical genetics, she set up a unit for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and developed tight links with different services in the canton of Vaud. She has participated in different research projects with the focus on early detection of autism. She provides training to pre- and postgraduate students at the University of Lausanne and ongoing training on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
She has a Master of Advanced Studies in child and adolescent psychology and is a member of the Federation of Swiss Psychologists. She did her undergraduate studies in the field of child psychology in the U.S and obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Geneva.
After a year of research and training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the research unit of the university hospital in Lausanne, she started her clinical training in a consultation for migrant patients. She then went on an extended maternity leave to dedicate herself full time to raising her children. For the last few years, she has been back in the field of child psychology, pursuing her clinical training, both in the school setting and at the CHUV in a specialised consultation for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.