Mr Nathaniel Scherer


Research Fellow


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at LSHTM. I joined ICED in 2018 after graduating from the MSc Global Mental Health at LSHTM and King's College London. My work has utilised mixed-methods to explore disability-inclusive health, education and employment. Past research has included a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their caregivers. Currently, I am part of the PENDA team, conducting impact evaluations on three disability programmes supporting microentrepreneurs with disabilities in Kenya, children with or at risk of developmental disability in Rwanda, and children with disabilities in Laos.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


  • Development lead on the online course 'Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities'
  • Past organiser of the MSc module 'Global Disability and Mental Health'
  • Exam board member on the Global Mental Health MSc
  • Contributing to wider teaching on the Global Mental Health MSc
  • Holder of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (PGCILT)


Current research:

  • Impact evaluations of disability programmes in Kenya, Laos and Rwanda
Past projects:
  • Disability research in Zambia: a scoping review
  • Qualitative research into the experiences of children with disabilities and caregivers in Zambia
  • Qualitative research in disability inclusive employment and education in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria
  • Developing guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support for deaf children in the Gaza Strip
  • Qualitative research on the experiences of people with disabilities in England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the experiences of people with learning (intellectual) disabilities
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis on common mental disorders among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Translating disability-inclusive WASH policies into practice: case studies from Cambodia and Bangladesh, including policy analysis using EquiFrame and qualitative research analysis
  • Survey of disability and mental health among 4,000 Syrian refugees in Istanbul [Report]
  • Free online course (MOOC) for healthcare professionals on integrated healthcare for children with developmental disabilities, developed in collaboration with Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil. The course has attracted over 7,000 learners, from over 130 countries. [Course]
  • Better Health, Better Lives? A review of progress across Europe, 10-Years on from the World Health Organization’s Declaration on the health of children with intellectual disabilities
Research Area
Child health
Health policy
Health promotion
Systematic reviews
Implementation research
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

A Systematic Review of Interventions Promoting Parental Involvement in the Education of School-Aged Children With Disabilities
Musendo DJ; Scherer N; Jepkosgei J; Maweu L; Mupiwa A; Hara O; Polack S; Patel D
Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education
Communication, inclusion and psychological wellbeing among deaf and hard of hearing children: A qualitative study in the Gaza Strip.
Scherer N; Smythe T; Hussein R; Wapling L; Hameed S; Eaton J; Kabaja N; Kakuma R; Polack S
Plos global public health
Covid-19 and the Crisis in Social Care: Exploring the Experiences of Disabled People in the Pandemic
Pearson C; Watson N; Brunner R; Cullingworth J; Hameed S; Scherer N; Shakespeare T
Social policy and society
'Do they ever think about people like us?': The experiences of people with learning disabilities in England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scherer N; Wiseman P; Watson N; Brunner R; Cullingworth J; Hameed S; Pearson C; Shakespeare T
Critical Social Policy
Mental health support for children and adolescents with hearing loss: scoping review
Scherer N; Bright T; Musendo DJ; O'Fallon T; Kubwimana C; Eaton J; Kakuma R; Smythe T; Polack S
BJPsych Open
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