Barkot is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. She completed both her MD and Psychiatry Specialty training at Addis Ababa University in 2011 and 2015, respectively. She is an educator, clinician, and researcher with a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders. Her clinical experience across different settings has fueled her research interest in uncovering the culturally peculiar illness experiences, expressions and recovery of women with mood and anxiety disorders. She strives to contribute to the understanding of the interplay between culture/environment and nature/genetics in the causation of women’s mental health issues in settings like ours. Ultimately, she wants to use research as a tool to impact clinical practices by devising culture-sensitive and relevant interventions for women’s mental health problems.
Outside of this, Barkot enjoys good company with good food; a chocolaty dessert is even better!
GINGER exposed me to an entirely new-to-me world of science. It’s challenged my narrow view of what can be done as a mental health professional, helping me push the limits of what I can do as a junior clinician-researcher from Ethiopia. I’m now bolder and more intentional in using the resources, mentorship and networking opportunities around me.