Dr Daniela Fuhr

Dipl-Psych MSc DrPH

Assistant Professor
in Mental Health Systems


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

0044 20 7958 8138

My research addresses the treatment gap for common mental disorders, and focuses on the design and evaluation of mental health programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. I am particularly interested in low intensity interventions and task-sharing in low and middle-income countries. One important aspect of my work is to strengthen mental health systems in resource constrained settings, and to seek ways to overcome health system challenges to improve mental health outcomes. I have worked on both experimental and observational study designs, and apply mixed methods to my research projects.

Previously, I have worked on substance use disorders, and have monitored health system resources for the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders at a global scale. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva for several years. 


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Global Mental Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I teach on the MSc in Global Mental Health, and am the organizer of the module “Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes”. I tutor on the MSc in Global Mental Health, and take on research degree students with an interest in Global Mental Health. 


Currently, I am predominantly working on two projects.

Syrian Refugees Mental Health Care Systems (STRENGHTS):

Funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme, STRENGTHS aims to provide  a  framework  for  scaling-up  the  delivery  and  uptake  of  effective  community-based mental  health  strategies  to  address  the  specific  needs  of  Syrian refugees.  The project will  outline  necessary  steps  needed  to  integrate  Problem Management+ (PM+) into  the health  systems  of Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. Specifically, we are employing rapid appraisal methodology to analyse the responsiveness of the health system in addressing the mental health care needs of refugees in the study countries, and are conducting cross-sectional population-level surveys and in-depth qualitative research to explore access to mental health care. This will inform the implementation and scaling up of the PM+ programmes.

South Asian Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education on mental health (SHARE):

SHARE is a NIMH funded project which seeks to develop and adapt a psychological treatment for perinatal depression. The active ingredient of the intervention is based on behavioural activation, and is delivered by peer counsellors in the community. We are evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention through individual and cluster randomized controlled trials in Goa, India, and Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health services research
Health systems
Global Health
Implementation research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Arab World
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
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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