Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000 – 2003
    BSc in neuroscience (First Class Hons.), University College London (UCL), UK; research project: Development of understanding of causality in adolescence, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (First Class); supervisors: Professor Uta Frith & Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

  • 2003 – 2006
    PhD in cognitive neuroscience, University College London; Medical Research Council 3-year scholarship; supervisors: Prof. Tony Charman (UCL Institute of Child Health) & Prof. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience); thesis title: Development of social cognition during adolescence; examiners: Professor Simon Baron-Cohen & Professor Neil Macrae

  • 2004
    Fellow of Dartmouth Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, Hanover, USA

  • 2005
    Institut Jean Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, & Centre Hospitalier de Versailles; doctoral research stage; supervisors: Dr Elisabeth Pacherie (Institut Jean Nicod) & Dr Yves Sarfati (Hospitalier de Versailles)

  • 2007 – 2008
    Postdoctoral fellow, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, Canada; McGill-CIHR fellowship; supervisor: Professor Laurence Kirmayer; research focus: “Critical Neuroscience”, cultural constructions of the brain

  • 2008 – 2009
    Berlin Research Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; Department II: The Cerebral Project (directed by Fernando Vidal); research focus: Imaging the developing brain – the emergence of the neurological adolescent

  • 2010 – 2013
    Adjunct Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal

  • 2009 – 2014
    Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Mind & Brain School, Humboldt University; Max Planck Society junior professor & Minerva Research Group Leader, (German equivalent to non-tenured associate professor); Research project: Constructions of the Brain: Critical Neuroscience and the Adolescent Brain; web page

Selected publications

  • Choudhury, S., Merten, M & McKinney, K.A. (under review). Rebelling against the brain: public engagement with the ‘neurological adolescent’

  • Choudhury, S., & Gold, I. (2011). Mapping the field of cultural neuroscience. BioSocieties, in press

  • Ortega, F & Choudhury, S. (2011). “Wired up differently”: Autism, adolescence and neurological identities (Subjectivity special issue on Neuroscience, in press)

  • Choudhury, S., Gold, I. & Kirmayer, L. (2010). From brain image to the Bush doctrine: critical neuroscience and the political uses of neurotechnology. American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, 1, 2: 17-19

  • Choudhury, S. & Kirmayer, L. (2010). Cultural neuroscience and psychopathology: prospects for cultural psychiatry. Progress in Brain Research, 178: 263-83

  • Choudhury, S. Culturing the adolescent brain. (2009). What can neuroscience learn from anthropology? Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, doi: 10.1093/scan/nsp030

  • Choudhury, S., Nagel, S.K., Slaby, J. (2009). Critical Neuroscience: Linking neuroscience and society through critical practice. BioSocieties, 4, 1, 61-77

  • Choudhury, S., Charman, T., Blakemore, S.J. (2008). Development of the teen brain. Mind, Brain & Education, 2, 3, 142-147 Blakemore, S.J., den Ouden, H., Choudhury, S., Frith, C. (2008). Adolescent development of the neural circuitry for thinking about intentions. Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 2, 130- 9

  • Choudhury, S., Charman, T., Bird, V., and Blakemore, S.J. (2007). Adolescent development of motor imagery in a visually guided pointing task. Consciousness and Cognition, 16, 886-9.


Additional qualifications

  • Tavistock & Portman Clinic, NHS, London. CPD Course 2010

    Cross-Cultural Psychotherapeutic Thinking for Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals Working with Adults, Families and Children (CPD72); Topics: Observation, Description and Interpretation & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Unconscious & Black, White and Racial Perspectives

  • Ambassadors of Peace/Blue Mission, Saida, Lebanon – March 2006 Position: Volunteer Project description: Psychology, violence and human rights for children in schools.

  • The Medical Foundation, London – May 2004 – December 2005 Position: Volunteer research psychologist Project description: Refugee mental health service evaluation project. Report with Dr Nimisha Patel on Audit & Evaluation of Groupwork. Human rights based approach to psychology.

  • ESRC – Collaborative Frameworks for Neuroscience and Education, London April 2005 Position: Analyst Project description: Analysis of discussion between teachers and neuroscientists on interdisciplinarity.

  • Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA April 2000; Position: Reading Elective: Stem Cells; Project description: Research and presentation of literature review on Stem Cells, supervised by Neurosurgeon-in-chief, Dr Peter Black, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital


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