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


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 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 health and Psycho-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
Health systems
Primary health care
Quality of care
Implementation science
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Infectious diseases
Non-communicable 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

Efficacy of Naltrexone/Bupropion in Treatment of Binge Eating: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Moawad, MH-E; Sadeq, MA; Abbas, A; Ghorab, RM F; Serag, I; Hendawy, M; ALKASABY, M;
Psychiatry international
Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) into infectious disease outbreak response: results of an expert consensus study
YIRDAW, BA; Moussallem, M; ALKASABY, M; Asmar, MK; Alves, V; Mamba, DN; Tolba, B; Kyalo, CW; Hussain, M; Dafwat, J; Kagaayi, G; Nkhoma, D; EATON, J; Walker, IF;
IJID Regions
The impact of earthquakes on women: assessing women's mental health in aftermath of the Kahramanmaraş-centred earthquake in Türkiye.
Kaplan, V; ALKASABY, M; Düken, ME; Kaçkin, Ö; Riad, A;
Journal of public health (Oxford, England)
Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) into Emergency Preparedness and Response in Africa: A Theory of Change (ToC) Workshop
ALKASABY, M; Eaton, J;
Integrating Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) into Emergency Preparedness and Response in Africa: A Theory of Change (ToC) Workshop
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
Nuclear Anxiety in a context of Russian-Ukrainian War 2022 (RUW-22): Descriptive Cross-sectional Study
Drobov, A; Riad, A; Peřina, A; Koščík, M; ALKASABY, M;
Population Medicine
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