Miss Grace Ryan MSc, PhD candidate

Research Fellow in Global Mental Health

About Grace Ryan

Co-Deputy Director of CGMH


My background is originally in qualitative research. I studied Social Anthropology at Harvard University before joining the international health and social justice organisation Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima Rwanda as part of a qualitative health services research team. I left Rwanda to join the first cohort of Global Mental Health MSc students in 2012. I've worked at the Centre for Global Mental Health on the Mental Health Innovation Network team ever since, and started a part-time staff PhD in 2014.




I teach on a range of topics for the Global Mental Health MSc, for example: culture and global mental health; mental health information systems and monitoring and evaluation; formative research and Theory of Change, etc.


My PhD research focuses on best practice in the implementation of mental health information and monitoring and evaluation systems (or "MIND ME" systems) capable of generating routine mental health outcome data for the purposes of evaluation.

I've carried out formative research and implementation research in order to develop MIND ME systems for a community mental health programme in Nigeria and a peer support worker programme in Uganda. The next phase of my research will focus on using the data that has been generated through MIND ME in order to evaluate these programmes.

I am also involved in several systematic reviews focussed on issues of implementation and evaluation of complex mental health interventions in low-resource settings.

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Evaluation
  • Health services research
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Systematic reviews


  • Anthropology
  • Development studies
  • Operational research
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
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