Close

Dr Muhammad Alkasaby

Research Fellow
in Mental Health

Room
118

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
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.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked with the Egyptian Ministry of Health in 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 to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also participated in other research and capacity-building projects to improve mental health services during the pandemic.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

Global Mental Health MSc:

  • Introduction to Global Mental Health
  • Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

Research

My Research focuses on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in emergency settings such as conflicts and public health emergencies.

Currently, I'm working on the "Strengthening Public mental health in Africa in response to the COVID-19 Epidemic" (SPACE) programme, which is a collaboration between the UK-PHRST, WHO AFRO, Africa CDC, WAHO, and ECSA-HC. This programme combines research, capacity building, and engagement activities in order to improve public mental health in response to emergencies (including infectious disease outbreaks).

Research Area
Complex interventions
Conflict
Capacity strengthening
Outbreaks
Implementation research
Discipline
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Country
Egypt
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Syria
Turkey
Yemen
Region
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Experiences of peer support workers supporting individuals with substance use disorders in Egypt: phenomenological analysis
Ibrahim N; Selim A; Ng F; Alkasaby M; Ali AM; Eweida R; Almakki D; Elaagib A; Slade M
2022
BMC Health Services Research
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
2022
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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
2022
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
2021
International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Predictors of stress among a sample of Egyptian healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shaker NM; Sabry N; Alkasaby MA; Rabie M
2021
Middle East Current Psychiatry
See more Publications