Global WACh

Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie

Emmanuel Nii-Boye Quarshie, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. Nii has a BA in Psychology [major] with Sociology [minor] from the University of Ghana, Accra. He obtained his MPhil in Human Development (Cultural and Community Psychology track) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.

In 2020, Nii earned his PhD in Psychological Sciences (with research focus on adolescent self-harm and suicidal behaviour) from the University of Leeds, UK, where he also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate – in Psychological and Social Medicine – at the School of Medicine, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. Nii is a Community and Applied Health Psychologist by training, but he also has a strong inclination towards General Psychology. Nii’s research focuses on understanding and preventing adolescent self-harm, suicide, and child sexual abuse in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). He is passionate about developing community-based and in-school interventions to promote adolescent mental health in LMICs, mainly, those within sub-Saharan Africa. He has keen interests in the application of multi-ecological frameworks and interdisciplinary models to understand adolescent self-harm and suicidal behaviours.

Nii was awarded the prestigious 2021 De Leo Fund Award by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), for outstanding research on suicidal behaviours carried out in developing countries. Currently, he is a UW Global WACh Rising Star Awardee studying “Suicidal behaviour in pregnant adolescent girls in Ghana”.