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Dr Alessandro Massazza

PhD MSc BSc

Research Fellow
Conflict and Mental Health

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

My research largely focuses on mental health and psychosocial support among populations affected by adversity.

I completed a BSc in Anthropology, an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at University College London. The focus of my doctorate has been on intrusive memories among earthquake survivors.

I worked for three years as a Research Assistant at King's College London on the Research for Health in Conflict in the MENA region (R4HC-MENA) project. The aim of the project was that of building research and policy capacity in conflict affected areas in a number of health-related fields. I worked on the mental health strand of the project in collaboration with Birzeit University, West Bank.

I also worked for one year and a half as a consultant for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization. I provided support on a number of projects concerned with mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in emergencies. In particular I was involved in the development of a Minimum Services Package for MHPSS in humanitarian settings in collaboration with UNICEF and UNHCR.

I have experience working in various complex settings including Palestine (West Bank), Brazil, Japan (Fukushima region), and Italy (rural areas affected by 2016 earthquakes).

Affiliations

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

Centres

Centre for Global Mental Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I will provide support in teaching on the MSc in Global Mental Health on 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 from low and middle-income countries are presented in class.

Research

I am currently working on the CHANGE project. The aim of CHANGE is to address alcohol misuse and associated adversities among conflict-affected populations in Uganda and Ukraine. CHANGE seeks to further develop Problem Management Plus (PM+), an evidence-based psychological intervention designed for people with psychological distress who are exposed to adversity. We will complement PM+ by adding an additional psychological component addressing alcohol misuse. 

I will be particularly involved in the formative research process to develop PM+A, in assisting in the trial design and implementation of the intervention, and in conducting the process evaluation of the intervention.

Research Area
Climate change
Conflict
Public health
Alcohol
Global Health
Migration
Mixed methods
Natural disasters
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Substance use
Discipline
Anthropology
Epidemiology
Psychology
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Addiction
Country
Brazil
Italy
Japan
West Bank and Gaza
Uganda
Ukraine
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Climate Change and Mental Health: A Scoping Review.
Charlson F; Ali S; Benmarhnia T; Pearl M; Massazza A; Augustinavicius J; Scott JG
2021
International journal of environmental research and public health
Feelings, Thoughts, and Behaviors During Disaster.
Massazza A; Brewin CR; Joffe H
2020
Qualitative health research
Health impacts of parental migration on left-behind children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Fellmeth G; Rose-Clarke K; Zhao C; Busert LK; Zheng Y; Massazza A; Sonmez H; Eder B; Blewitt A; Lertgrai W
2018
The Lancet
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