Dr Arlinda Cerga-Pashoja
BSc MSc PhD
Global Health Training Lead UK-PHRST
Arlinda is a mental health researcher with background in psychology and special interest in the development, evaluation and implementation of digital interventions for mental health. She is the UK-Principal Investigator of ImpleMentall (www.implementall.eu) and MindUp (https://www.mindupproject.eu). Both projects are funded by the European Commissions's Horizon 2020 programme and Arlinda is leading the research work on LMIC's in South Eastern Europe i.e. Albania and Kosova, where there is a dearth of evidence base and research activity.
Arlinda has completed a research PhD with the department of Primary Care and Population Health at University College London and an MSc in Mental Health Services Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (Kings College, London). The PhD explored the effectiveness of a dyadic programme of walking in the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (http://www.evidem.org.uk/evidem-e). The study was called Evidem-E and was part of a programme grant funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Arlinda has been teaching on the MSc Global Mental Health. Arlinda is acting as a personal tutor to several MSc students, and has been supervising and marking MSc dissertations. She has also been assessing students' work through marking exams and assignments.
Arlinda served as a tutor on the distant learning course PGDip/MSc Clinical Trials.
Arlinda is a mentor on the mental health session Covid-19 Tackling the Novel Coronavirus https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/covid19-novel-coronavirus/1
Arlinda's research work, in the last 7 years, has focused on digital interventions for mental health. She is the UK-Principal Investigator for ImpleMentall (www.implementall.eu), an EC funded consortium that aims to implement digital interventions for common mental health problems in EU and Australia. Arlinda is leading the research work in Albania and Kosova, where community mental health teams are implementing an intervention called I Fight Depression as treatment for mild and moderate depression. MindUp's aim is to improve mental health in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating a multilevel intervention targeting mental health difficulties in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the construction, health and ICT sectors.
Arlinda previously managed an EC funded, multinational, RCT called E-Compared (http://www.e-compared.eu), which evaluated the effectiveness of blending computer supported therapy for depression with face to face CBT sessions in 13 European countries.
Arlinda has previously held both clinical and research posts with different NHS trusts (South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust; Central and North West London Foundation Trust) in the UK. These posts involved working in a variety of clinical and research settings such as PTSD clinics, Learning Disabilities Teams and Old Age services.
As a researcher Arlinda has previously led a multi-national RCT funded by the European Commission (EC), which aimed to develop a software that assisted reading abilities of people with autistic spectrum disorders in the UK, Bulgaria and Spain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WuUKVSxD6Q). She also provided research assistance on CONNECT, a multicentre, European wide project that investigated: costs and outcomes of healthcare in people suffering from PTSD following war in the Balkans. This project was funded by the EC and hosted by Queen Mary University of London.
Arlinda's other research interests lie in the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate interventions in low-resourced and humanitarian settings, with a focus on countries of South Eastern Europe and the Middle East.