Dr Muhammad Alkasaby
Research Fellow in Mental Health
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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.
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.