Anita Arinda – Makerere University, Uganda

I am a psychiatrist from Kampala, Uganda. I received my Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery as well as my Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences. I have great passion for child and adolescent mental health research in low resource settings. My area of research interest is neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and I am interested in characterizing its presentation among Ugandan…

Raymond Odokonyero – Makerere University, Uganda

I am a Ugandan psychiatrist, a lecturer at Makerere University, a public speaker and an author. I hail from the Northern Uganda district of Gulu. I am a multi-skilled person – a mental health advocate; a regular writer in Uganda’s leading newspapers; a storyteller; a sportsman; and a Master of Ceremonies at functions. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Makerere University, and my research interests are in the areas…

Patricia Kipkemoi – KEMRI|Wellcome Trust, Kenya

I am a developmental psychologist from Kilifi, Kenya. My research interests are in the development and use of appropriate diagnostic assessments and interventions for children with neurodevelopmental conditions in Africa. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, and my MSc degree in Clinical Developmental Sciences from Kings College London, where I investigated the perspectives of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder on clinical…

Maryanne Mufford – University of Cape Town, South Africa

I was born and raised in a small town called Clanwilliam, a few hours outside of Cape Town. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Molecular Genetics and Human Physiology, at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in 2015. After that, I completed my honors and master’s degrees at the Division of Human Genetics at UCT. This research focused on the genetic underpinnings of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia…

Megan Campbell – University of Cape Town, South Africa

I currently live in Cape Town, but I have been lucky enough to call various parts of South Africa home throughout my life. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town in genetics and psychology in 2017.  In 2018, I completed an honours degree in Human Genetics which examined the genetics of bipolar disorder in a South African cohort. Currently, I am enrolled in a master’s degree…

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…

Engida Girma Gebeso – Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

I was born and raised in Zeway, Ethiopia. I attended Addis Ababa University for my Doctor of Medicine and specialty certificate in Psychiatry. Currently, I am assistant professor of Psychiatry and a newly admitted Ph.D. candidate in mental health epidemiology at AAU. My main research involvement has been leading an innovative project aimed at integrating mental and reproductive health in refugee settings in Ethiopia. I am currently examining the psychometric…