Dr Muhammad Alkasaby

Research Fellow in Mental Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel St
United Kingdom

I'm a physician trained in psychiatry. Currently, I work with the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) as a research fellow in mental health. The UK-PHRST is a multi-disciplinary team that supports low- and middle-income countries in investigating and responding to disease outbreaks and conducts research to improve our response to future epidemics. My work focuses on integrating Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) into public health emergency preparedness and response and improving the mental health and well-being of the affected population and responders.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked with the Egyptian Ministry of Health on different mental health-related projects, including integrating mental health services into primary healthcare services through the implementation of the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked with the national Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Technical working group in Egypt to develop the national mental health response plan for the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also participated in other research and capacity-strengthening projects to improve mental health services during the pandemic.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Dynamics
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I'm an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). I teach and supervise in the Global Mental Health MSc programme. I have taught in the following modules:

- Introduction to Global Mental Health

- Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

I'm also a part of the team developing the Health in Humanitarian Crises programme (Distance Learning).


As mental and social well-being are essential components of health, I'm interested in integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) into health and non-health services (e.g. education, social and protection services). My Research focuses on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in emergencies such as conflicts and outbreaks.

Research Area
Global mental health
Health in humanitarian crises
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Infectious diseases
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Editorial: Public health, suicide, and substance addiction
Saleem, SM; ALKASABY, M; Shoib, S;
Frontiers in public health
Implementation outcomes in psychosocial intervention studies for children and adolescents living in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review
Ceccarelli, C; Prina, E; ALKASABY, M; Cadorin, C; GANDHI, Y; Cristofalo, D; Abujamei, Y; Muneghina, O; Barbui, C; Jordans, MJ D; Purgato, M;
Clinical psychology review
Integrating Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) into infectious disease outbreak and epidemic response: an umbrella review and operational framework
ALKASABY, M; Philip, S; Douba, Z; Tu, H; EATON, J; Mohammed, M; Essar, MY; Kamal, MA; Adeel Riaz, MM; Moussallem, M; Bosu, W; Walker, I;
Nuclear Anxiety Amid the Russian-Ukrainian War 2022 (RUW-22): Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study
Riad, A; Drobov, A; ALKASABY, MA; Peřina, A; Koščík, M;
International journal of environmental research and public health
No social security without mental health security.
Riaz, MM A; Nayyer, B; ALKASABY, MA;
The Lancet Regional Health - Southeast Asia
Integrating mental health into emergency preparedness and response: lessons learned from Covid-19
ALKASABY, MA; Baingana, F; Bosu, WK; Abdulaziz, M; Mwaisaka, R; Kakunze, A; Keita, N; Saeed, K; Eaton, J; Walker, I;
European Journal of Public Health
Experiences of peer support workers supporting individuals with substance use disorders in Egypt: phenomenological analysis.
Ibrahim, N; Selim, A; Ng, F; Kasaby, M; Ali, AM; Eweida, R; Almakki, D; Elaagib, A; Slade, M;
BMC Health Services Research
Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in the COVID-19 Response in Africa: A Mixed-Methods Study.
Walker, A; ALKASABY, MA; Baingana, F; Bosu, WK; Abdulaziz, M; Westerveld, R; Kakunze, A; Mwaisaka, R; Saeed, K; Keita, N; Walker, IF; EATON, J;
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Mental Health Burden of the Russian-Ukrainian War 2022 (RUW-22): Anxiety and Depression Levels among Young Adults in Central Europe.
Riad, A; Drobov, A; Krobot, M; Antalová, N; ALKASABY, MA; Peřina, A; Koščík, M;
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Early career psychiatrists advocate reorientation not redeployment for COVID-19 care.
ALKASABY, MA; Philip, S; Agrawal, A; Jakhar, J; Ojeahere, MI; Ori, D; Ransing, R; Saeed, F; Mohammadreza, S; Shoib, S; El Halabi, S; Solerdelcoll, M; Pereira-Sanchez, V; Pinto da Costa, M;
International Journal of Social Psychiatry
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