Student Spotlight

Submitted by Shruti N. Tewar, MD

Ayesha Cheema-Hasan, M.D. received the SDBP Young Investigator award for 2015. Her research is titled, "Evaluation of Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Self Report for Peer Relationship and Psychological Distress in Teens with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder". Dr. Cheema-Hasan is a final year fellow in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Brown University/Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Dr. Cheema-Hasan is interested in working with teenagers with developmental disabilities, especially adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The SDBP Young Investigator Award will help her evaluate whether surveys available through the NIH PROMIS program to measure Pediatric Peer Relationships and Psychological Distress Response are accurate and valid self-report measures for youth with high functioning ASD. Her study will help investigators and clinicians assess some of the core outcomes related to ASD.

Dr. Cheema-Hasan enjoys being a member of SDBP. She feels that SDBP has helped her find strong and constructive mentorship across the country. Dr. Cheema-Hasan recommends that all fellows in training should write and submit grant proposals. She warns them not to be discouraged if their proposals are rejected; keep trying! Coming from a clinical background, Dr. Cheema-Hasan found that applying for the SDBP grant was a great learning process. The feedback from the reviewers helped sharpen her research skills and create a stronger research protocol.

In addition to training as a developmental pediatrician, Dr. Cheema-Hasan is passionate about advocacy and working in resource limited developing countries. Apart from being a parent to four children, Dr. Cheema-Hasan has converted her love for photography into a business venture with her friend.