From the start of her medical career, Dr Husain has had a keen interest in addressing the huge research and treatment gap in women’s mental health - particularly mothers who have small children in low and lower middle-income countries. During medical training Dr Husain developed interest in health care management and completed her executive MBA from the American Management Association (AMA). Once she had completed her masters, she had the opportunity to complete her further training in Psychiatry from the UK. During her training she completed Doctorate in Medicine (MD) from the University of Manchester. She looked at social origins of perinatal depression in women of British South Asian origin.
Dr Husain has completed certification in substance misuse from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), UK and along with colleagues from the UK developing research infrastructure and training programme in addiction psychiatry and forensic mental health in Pakistan. Dr Husain has a keen interest in evaluating parenting interventions to address maternal depression and anxiety and improve child outcomes. She is a trainer of Learning Through Play (LTP) parenting intervention integrated with psychological interventions. She is a Senior Research Scientist with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning and in this role, she contributes to research capacity and capability building in Pakistan and other low and lower middle-income countries and contributes to producing local evidence to improve mental health care.