Dr Daniela Fuhr

Dipl-Psych MSc DrPH

Associate Professor
in Mental Health Systems


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

0044 20 7958 8138

My research addresses common mental disorders and substance use disorders, and focuses on the design and evaluation of mental health programmes for conflict-affected and other vulnerable populations. I am a health systems and implementation researcher and am particularly interested in brief psychological interventions. 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.  Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva.

I am Associate Editor of the BMC journal Conflict and Health.


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


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


I teach on the MSc in Global Mental Health, and organise the core module “Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes”. The course seeks to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop and evaluate innovative mental health interventions which facilitate access to care, and make best use of the health system resources which are available in a setting. The course focuses on formative research and pilot studies and employs problem-based learning; examples of different mental health programmes are presented in class. I also tutor on the MSc in Global Mental Health, and take on research degree students with an interest in Global Mental Health, and mental health implementation research. I am also Deputy Chair of the Global Mental Health exam board.


I currently work on a number of projects. I lead a programme of work called CHANGE funded by the NIHR-Wellcome Partnership for Global Health Research. The aim of CHANGE is to develop and implement a brief psychological intervention to reduce alcohol misuse and co-occurring psychological problems in conflict-affected populations. The intervention will build on Problem Management Plus (PM+). We will test effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of our new intervention through two effectiveness-implementation hybrid trials in Uganda and Ukraine. I also work on the STRENGHTS project, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 scheme, and led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In STRENGHTS, I lead the consortium’s work on scaling up PM+, and conduct cross-sectional population-level surveys and in-depth qualitative research to explore access to mental health care among Syrian refugees in eight study countries.  I also work on GOAL funded by GCRF/ESRC which seeks to support government and partners to strengthen the mental health system for refugees and host communities in Lebanon. I continue my previous work on perinatal mental health. With partners in South Africa, I am currently working on the development of a brief counselling intervention to reduce alcohol misuse among pregnant women in the Western Cape. 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health services research
Health systems
Perinatal health
Global Health
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health

Selected Publications

Prevalence and predictors of common mental disorders among Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey: a cross-sectional study.
Acarturk C; McGrath M; Roberts B; Ilkkursun Z; Cuijpers P; Sijbrandij M; Sondorp E; Ventevogel P; McKee M; Fuhr DC
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services
Peer-provided Problem Management Plus (PM+) for adult Syrian refugees: a pilot randomised controlled trial on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness
de Graaff AM; Cuijpers P; McDaid D; Park A; Woodward A; Bryant RA; Fuhr DC; Kieft B; Minkenberg E; Sijbrandij M
Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Planning the scale up of brief psychological interventions using theory of change.
Fuhr DC; Acarturk C; Sijbrandij M; Brown FL; Jordans MJD; Woodward A; McGrath M; Sondorp E; Ventevogel P; Ikkursun Z
BMC Health Services Research
Somatic distress among Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey: A cross-sectional study.
McGrath M; Acarturk C; Roberts B; Ilkkursun Z; Sondorp E; Sijbrandij M; Cuijpers P; Ventevogel P; McKee M; Fuhr DC
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Treatment gap and mental health service use among Syrian refugees in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: a cross-sectional survey.
Fuhr DC; Acarturk C; McGrath M; Ilkkursun Z; Sondorp E; Sijbrandij M; Ventevogel P; Cuijpers P; McKee M; Roberts B
Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences
Delivering the Thinking Healthy Programme for perinatal depression through peers: an individually randomised controlled trial in India.
Fuhr DC; Weobong B; Lazarus A; Vanobberghen F; Weiss HA; Singla DR; Tabana H; Afonso E; De Sa A; D'Souza E
Lancet Psychiatry
Scaling up mental health interventions in conflict zones.
Roberts B; Fuhr DC
The Lancet Public Health
Mental health care utilisation and access among refugees and asylum seekers in Europe: A systematic review.
Satinsky E; Fuhr DC; Woodward A; Sondorp E; Roberts B
Health Policy
Effectiveness of the Thinking Healthy Programme for perinatal depression delivered through peers: Pooled analysis of two randomized controlled trials in India and Pakistan.
Vanobberghen F; Weiss HA; Fuhr DC; Sikander S; Afonso E; Ahmad I; Atif N; Bibi A; Bibi T; Bilal S
Journal of Affective Disorders
Contribution of suicide and injuries to pregnancy-related mortality in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Fuhr DC; Calvert C; Ronsmans C; Chandra PS; Sikander S; De Silva MJ; Patel V
The lancet Psychiatry
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