Dr Daniela Fuhr
Dipl-Psych MSc DrPH
in Global Mental Health
I am a public health researcher, especially interested in global mental health. My first postgraduate degree is in psychology, focusing on clinical and health psychology, which was followed by a master in public health at the LSHTM. My doctoral degree in public health investigated the association between alcohol consumption and sexual risk-taking among adolescents in five African countries. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva for several years. My work there focused on substance use and substance use disorders, and monitoring health system resources for these disorders. I have co-authored several publications at the WHO, the majority on mental health and substance abuse.
I teach on the MSc Global Mental Health, and am co-organizer of the module Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes. I tutor students on the MSc Global Mental Health, and take on research degree students with an interest in Global Mental Health.
I am interested in and working on issues to reduce the treatment gap for mental and substance use disorders, which lies at the interface of public health and mental health. Currently, I am predominantly working on the South Asian Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education on mental health (SHARE).
SHARE is a NIMH funded 5 year project with research and capacity building components. The research centerpiece of SHARE is to adapt a psychological treatment for maternal depression; the innovation is the delivery of the intervention by peer counselors who are healthy mothers living in the same communities as mothers with depression. We are evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention through two randomized controlled trials in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and Goa, India.
Visit our SHARE website for more information on our studies, publications, fellowships and capacity building activities: http://www.sharementalhealth.org/index.php