Barkot Milkias Shamebo – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

I am a medical doctor and a psychiatrist from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I completed both my MD and Psychiatry Specialty at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University and am currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. I have had the opportunity to work as a consultant psychiatrist across a variety of treatment settings, primarily with women suffering from mood and anxiety disorders. Being both a clinician and a researcher, my areas of research interest are focused on answering questions that are triggered during my clinical work. My work with women has led me to resolve that there is a huge gap that needs to be bridged for such groups with compounding vulnerabilities. There is so much to uncover to grasp the uniqueness of the interplay between nature and nurture in the causation, manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues of women from settings like ours. I am currently working on a research project that aims to explore the construct and manifestation of perinatal depression in a rural setting and another that aims to improve the detection of depression to provide evidence that will change the clinical practices and interventions that we design. I am also a person who enjoys traveling and experimenting with baking, from time to time.