Ms Tessa Roberts
Research Degree Student
Tessa's PhD research focusses on barriers to treatment-seeking for depression in India, as part of the PRIME programme (www.prime.uct.ac.za). Tessa is due to finish her PhD in autumn 2018 and will then be based at the IoPPN, King's College London, working on an international research programme on psychotic disorders called INTREPID II, led by Professor Craig Morgan (www.intrepidprogramme.com).
Tessa has an MSc (Distinction) in Global Mental Health, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London (2015). She also holds a BA (First Class) in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford (2008).
In 2016 she worked with the Mental Health Innovation Network (www.mhinnovation.net) on an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting on the role of international NGOs in addressing mental health as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, and was involved in organising an Innovation Fair as part of the World Bank-WHO meeting on mental health.
Prior to her Master's degree she spent two years coordinating a parenting intervention in low-income areas of London (www.parentgym.com), and has also worked part-time with Maudsley Learning (now Mental Health At Work; mhaw.uk.com) supporting mental health training programme design.
Before this Tessa spent three years in Mexico, gaining a variety of international experience including teaching and supporting the management of a local NGO. She is also a trained suicide helpline volunteer.
- Lectured on "Implementation in Global Mental Health" and "Resources in Global Mental Health" in Fundamentals of Global Mental Health module.
- Lectured on "Qualitative Methods for Designing and Evaluating Mental Health Programmes", in Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes module.
- Lectured on "Exploring the Treatment Gap - Implications for Scale-up" in Global Mental Health short course 2018.
- Designed and wrote 2 sessions for Global Mental Health distance learning course.
- Designed and led workshop on "Social Determinants of Mental Health" in Social Epidemiology module.
- Facilitated seminars in Fundamentals of Global Mental Health module and Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes module.
- Facilitated symposium on "Universality vs. Diversity in Global Mental Health" at Young Psychiatrists' Network conference 2015 and on "Implementation: Science or Art?" at 2017 conference.
- Lectured on "Global Mental Health: Closing the Treatment Gap" at the National Student Psychiatry Conference 2016.
- Approximately three years prior teaching experience at undergraduate, secondary and primary levels. Trained in facilitative group coaching methods and TEFL.
Winkler, P., Krupchanka, D., Roberts, T., Kondratova, L., Machů, V., Höschl, C., Sartorius, N., Van Voren, R., Aizberg, O., Bitter, I. and Cerga-Pashoja, A., 2017. A blind spot on the global mental health map: a scoping review of 25 years' development of mental health care for people with severe mental illnesses in central and eastern Europe. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(8), pp.634-642.
Roberts, T., Esponda, G.M., Krupchanka, D., Shidhaye, R., Patel, V. and Rathod, S., 2018. Factors associated with health service utilisation for common mental disorders: a systematic review. BMC psychiatry, 18(1), p.262.