Dr Alessandro Massazza
PhD MSc BSc
Conflict and Mental Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
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).
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.
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.