May 2019 | Rebecca Horn, Fiona O'May, Rebecca Esliker, Wilfred Gwaikolo, Lise Woensdregt, Leontien Ruttenberg and Alastair Ager
In emergencies and resource-poor settings, non-specialists are increasingly being trained to provide psychosocial support to people in distress, with Psychological First Aid (PFA) one of the most widely-used approaches.
How competent are non-specialists trained to integrate mental health services in primary care? Global health perspectives from Uganda, Liberia, and Nepal
February 2019 | Brandon A. Kohrt, Byamah B. Mutamba, Nagendra P. Luitel, Wilfred Gwaikolo, Patrick Onyango Mangen Juliet Nakku, Kisa Rose, Janice Cooper, Mark J.D. Jordans & Florence Baingana
Evaluations to objectively assess minimum competency are not routinely implemented for training and supervision in global mental health. Addressing this gap in competency assessment is crucial for safe and effective mental health service integration in primary care.
Psychosocial Support for Adolescents Girls in Post-Conflict Areas
An ODI Article
October 2015 | Fiona Samuels and Nicola Jones with Bassam Abu Hamad, Janice Cooper, Ananda Galappatti
Individuals and Communities Recovering from Ebola in Liberia (Resilience in the Face of Tragedy)
Upcoming Research Initiatives
Efficacy of Crisis Intervention Teams in reducing stigma and discrimination and improving care
Enhancing referral among traditional healers and religious leaders
User advocacy and information dissemination programs (radio)
Community based mental health care
Future Research Topics
National prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders
Psychotropic drugs effect determination
National prevalence of open mole (cultural bound syndrome)
Maternal depression and improved child outcomes
Suicide in youth
Peer support models in Liberia
Mental Health Beyond Facilities Project (mhBeF)|A Research Initiative
2012 - 2015 | mhBeF
Developing evidence-based Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services (CCMHS) package for Persons With Severe Mental Disorders and Epilepsy (PWSMDE) in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LAMIC)
July 2014 | Ellen Zegura with Ellena D.
Over a four year time period, more than 140 clinicians have been trained in the use of the data reporting software, and more than 3000 valid reports have uploaded to the cloud. This participation has persisted despite significant technology challenges and little data feedback to clinicians.