Hassan Mirza

Hassan Mirza

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

Dr. Hassan Mirza is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Department of Behavioural Medicine at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health, with expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with psychiatric disorders. After completing his training in psychiatry under the Oman Medical Specialty Board, he specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London.
Dr. Mirza has specialist expertise in the assessment and management of ADHD across the life span, and is the clinical lead of the Adult ADHD Service which he established at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in 2018. He has in-depth experience of the full spectrum of mental health difficulties in young people including mood disorders, OCD and psychosis.
He has been the recipient of awards that include: distinguished staff of the Department of Behavioural Medicine for the year 2018, and best trainer in psychiatry award for the academic year 2017-2018 by Oman Medical Specialty Board.


Short Description of the Lectures

1. Sexuality, Relationships & Autism

Many young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can find it hard to understand feelings of intimacy, attraction and affection – in themselves and others. They might also find it harder to express their feelings, resulting in socially inappropriate or risky behaviours or getting into unhealthy relationships. Despite these issues and concerns, there is a paucity of research and education relating to intimate relationships and sexuality in young people with ASD, and while the desire for intimate and sexual relationships may be similar to individuals without ASDs, attitudes and practice in this population appear to differ. The session will highlights some of the challenges faced by young people with ASD regarding their relationships and sexuality.