Dr Daniela Fuhr

Dipl-Psych MSc DrPH

Assistant Professor
in Global Mental Health


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

0044 20 7958 8138

0044 20 7958 8111

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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


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:  

Research Area
Complex interventions
Maternal health
Public health
Substance abuse
Systematic reviews
Health workers
Global Health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
South Asia

Selected Publications

The management of adult psychiatric emergencies in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review.
Nadkarni, A. ; Hanlon, C. ; Bhatia, U. ; Fuhr, D. ; Ragoni, C. ; de Azevedo Perocco, S.L. ; Fortes, S. ; Shidhaye, R. ; Kinyanda, E. ; Rangaswamy, T. ; Patel, V. ;
Lancet Psychiatry
The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the peer-delivered Thinking Healthy Programme for perinatal depression in Pakistan and India: the SHARE study protocol for randomised controlled trials.
Sikander, S. ; Lazarus, A. ; Bangash, O. ; Fuhr, D.C. ; Weobong, B. ; Krishna, R.N. ; Ahmad, I. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Price, L. ; Rahman, A. ; Patel, V. ;
The content and delivery of psychological interventions for perinatal depression by non-specialist health workers in low and middle income countries: A systematic review.
Chowdhary, N.; Sikander, S.; Atif, N.; Singh, N.; Ahmad, I.; Fuhr, D.C.; Rahman, A.; Patel, V.;
Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol
Effectiveness of peer-delivered interventions for severe mental illness and depression on clinical and psychosocial outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Fuhr, D.C.; Salisbury, T.T.; De Silva, M.J.; Atif, N.; van Ginneken, N.; Rahman, A.; Patel, V.;
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol
Estimating the coverage of mental health programmes: a systematic review.
De Silva, M.J. ; Lee, L. ; Fuhr, D.C. ; Rathod, S. ; Chisholm, D. ; Schellenberg, J. ; Patel, V. ;
Int J Epidemiol
"Someone like us": Delivering maternal mental health through peers in two South Asian contexts.
Singla, D. ; Lazarus, A. ; Atif, N. ; Sikander, S. ; Bhatia, U. ; Ahmad, I. ; Nisar, A. ; Khan, S. ; Fuhr, D. ; Patel, V. ; Rahman, A. ;
J Affect Disord
Alcohol other psychoactive substances in Africa and the Americas: Results from the WHO Global School-based Student Health Survey
Fuhr, D.C.; Fleischmann, A.; Riley, L.; Kann, L.; Poznyak, V.B.
Journal of Substance Use
Contribution of suicide and injuries to pregnancy-related mortality in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Fuhr, D.C.; Calvert, C.; Ronsmans, C.; Chandra, P.S.; Sikander, S.; de Silva, M.J.; Patel, V.
The Lancet Psychiatry
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