GMC Number: 4605492

Ayana has over 15 years experience in clinical practice in psychiatry. After qualifying in medicine in the UK in 1999, she completed her specialist training in adult and forensic psychiatry at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals in London. At the Maudsley she worked with the National Adult Neuropsychiatry and ADHD services and also obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the internationally renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurology.

She then took up a faculty position as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Sussex where and led research in psychopharmacology and pharmacogenomics, publishing several papers and a patent on personalised (precision) medicine in psychiatry. She continued to practice as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the local NHS Prison Mental Health Service, establishing an ADHD clinic and compiling over 100 medico-legal reports for Court, including giving oral evidence.

Her passion for psychopharmacology and precision medicine (the use of genomics to inform medicine discovery and development) led her to continue her career in clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry from 2014 where she has been leading research into novel antidepressants and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

She continues to see patients in private clinical practice.

Despite a strong background in psychopharmacology, Ayana takes a holistic approach to mental health assessment and treatment, and also has a particular interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytical approaches, specifically Jungian therapy and logotherapy.

She is also passionate about using technology to improve access to mental health care in low- and middle-income countries, with a specific interest in the Africa region.

Areas of specialisation/interest

  • Mood disorders (depression and schizophrenia)
  • Schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mental health consequences of epilepsy
  • Medico-legal reports
  • Addictions