Valsamma Eapen is Professor & Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Head of the Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry, South West Sydney (AUCS), Australia. Professor Eapen graduated from Kerala, India and continued her postgraduate training in India (NIMHANS) and the UK. She completed her Child Psychiatry training through the Great Ormond Street Hospital Scheme, and PhD work at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. She started her academic career at the University College London, UK and then moved to the UAE University, where she was Professor of Child Psychiatry prior to taking up her current position in 2008. As a Child Psychiatrist with special expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders, her research interests include Tourette Syndrome, Autism, and ADHD, and her research has included epidemiological, genetic and clinical aspects of these disorders. Her other areas of research include neurobiology of attachment and separation anxiety disorder as well as developmental trajectory in normal and abnormal development.