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Mental Health Research Training for Improved Health Outcomes in Kenya

Kenya Muthoni Mathai, MMed, MBChB
Deepa Rao, PhD, MA
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Ann Vander Stoep, PhD
Debra Kaysen, PhD
Dennis Donovan, PhD


To help build Kenya’s mental health infrastructure and research capacity, UW faculty provided in-person training and on-going mentorship to University of Nairobi (UON) faculty and post-graduates as well as assisting with the development of a Mental Health Resource Center. This three-year award builds upon the nearly 30-year research training collaboration between UW and the University of Nairobi.
We leveraged existing partnerships, mental health research expertise, and training programs to improve mental health research capacity at UON by training faculty from psychiatry, psychology, nursing and public health in mental health research methodology and implementation science and providing them with tools needed to be effective mentors.
The second aim focuses on training postgraduates in these disciplines in mental health research through coursework and mentored research projects that take an implementation science approach. In the final aim, we will establish a mental health research resource centre based at UON and supported by UON and UW faculty which will provide screening/intervention tools and technical expertise.

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