I am from Nairobi, Kenya and obtained both my Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery, and Master of Medicine in Psychiatry from the University of Nairobi, School of Medicine. I am a Fogarty Fellow having undertaken a global health research fellowship program with the University of California, San Francisco. My research interests are in the epidemiology of common mental disorders, with particular interests in PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. I am currently working on a study that seeks to examine genetic and environmental risk factors for psychotic disorders in the coastal region of Kenya. In five years I hope to be steering a well-established neuropsychiatric unit in my research institute, a center that can build capacity for upcoming young researchers interested in working in the field of neuropsychiatry and genetics. Outside research, I enjoy playing scrabble. I started a scrabble club where a group of friends meet up in different interesting locations and enjoy a night of scrabble and dining.