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Dr Laura Asher

MBBS MSc MSc MFPH PhD

Honorary Research Fellow

Room
142a

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am an ST5 speciality registrar in public health. I completed the MSc in Epidemiology at LSHTM in 2011. I completed my Wellcome Trust funded PhD at LSHTM in April 2017. 

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Global Mental Health

Teaching

I have taught on the LSHTM modules Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes, Basic Epidemiology and Principles and Practice of Public Health.

Research

My PhD project was on the development and piloting of a Rehabilitation Intervention for people with Schizophrenia in Ethiopia (RISE). The RISE intervention was informed by the community-based rehabilitation (CBR) model. RISE was nested in PRIME (Programme for Improving Mental healthcaRE), a 6 year DfID project spanning five countries in Africa and Asia. 

I was prinicipal investigator of the 12 month RISE cluster randomised trial, which was completed in April 2017.  My other research interests incude human rights of people with mental illness, collaboration with traditional and alternative care providers and involvement in decision making.

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Health services research
Public health
Mixed methods
Randomised controlled trials
Rehabilitation
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Disability
Country
Ethiopia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Systematic review of feasibility and acceptability of psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia in low and middle income countries.
Brooke-Sumner, C. ; Petersen, I. ; Asher, L. ; Mall, S. ; Egbe, C.O. ; Lund, C. ;
2015
BMC Psychiatry
Beyond the Biomedical: Community Resources for Mental Health Care in Rural Ethiopia.
Selamu, M. ; Asher, L. ; Hanlon, C. ; Medhin, G. ; Hailemariam, M. ; Patel, V. ; Thornicroft, G. ; Fekadu, A. ;
2015
PLoS One
Development of a Community-Based Rehabilitation Intervention for People with Schizophrenia in Ethiopia.
Asher, L. ; Fekadu, A. ; Hanlon, C. ; Mideksa, G. ; Eaton, J. ; Patel, V. ; De Silva, M.J. ;
2015
PLoS One
Perinatal maternal life events and psychotic experiences in children at twelve years in a birth cohort study.
Dorrington, S. ; Zammit, S. ; Asher, L. ; Evans, J. ; Heron, J. ; Lewis, G. ;
2014
Schizophr Res
Theory of Change: a theory-driven approach to enhance the Medical Research Council's framework for complex interventions.
De Silva, M.J. ; Breuer, E. ; Lee, L. ; Asher, L. ; Chowdhary, N. ; Lund, C. ; Patel, V. ;
2014
Trials
The relationship between psychotic symptoms and social functioning in a non-clinical population of 12year olds.
Asher, L. ; Zammit, S. ; Sullivan, S. ; Dorrington, S. ; Heron, J. ; Lewis, G. ;
2013
Schizophr Res
Most older pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time: a cross-sectional study.
Asher, L. ; Aresu, M. ; Falaschetti, E. ; Mindell, J. ;
2012
Age Ageing
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