Mr Nathaniel Scherer


Research Fellow


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Nat Scherer is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) at LSHTM. Nat joined ICED in 2018 after graduating from the MSc Global Mental Health at LSHTM and King's College London. Prior to completing his masters, Nat worked as a management consultant in Rwanda, before joining Beyond Words, a provider of books and services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Global Mental Health


  • Development lead on the online course 'Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities'
  • Co-organiser of the MSc module 'Global Disability and Health'
  • Exam board member on the Global Mental Health MSc
  • Contributing to wider teaching on the Global Mental Health MSc


Current research:

  • Qualitative research on the experiences of people with disabilities in England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mental health and psychosocial support for children with hearing impairment in Gaza: developing guidelines for teachers
  • Translating disability-inclusive WASH policies into practice: case studies from Cambodia and Bangladesh

Past projects:

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis on common mental disorders among health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 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]
Research Area
Child health
Health policy
Health promotion
Systematic reviews
Implementation research
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
United Kingdom
West Bank and Gaza

Selected Publications

Musculoskeletal impairment among Syrian refugees living in Sultanbeyli, Turkey: prevalence, cause, diagnosis and need for related services and assistive products.
Boggs D; Atijosan-Ayodele O; Yonso H; Scherer N; O'Fallon T; Deniz G; Volkan S; Örücü A; Pivato I; Beck AH
Conflict and health
Accountability for the Rights of People with Psychosocial Disabilities: An Assessment of Country Reports for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Eaton J; Carroll A; Scherer N; Daniel L; Njenga M; Sunkel C; Thompson K; Kingston D; Khanom GA; Dryer S
Health and human rights
Disability among Syrian refugees living in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: Results from a population-based survey.
Polack S; Scherer N; Yonso H; Volkan S; Pivato I; Shaikhani A; Boggs D; Beck AH; Atijosan-Ayodele O; Deniz G
PloS one
The Inclusion of Rights of People with Disabilities and Women and Girls in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Policy Documents and Programs of Bangladesh and Cambodia: Content Analysis Using EquiFrame.
Scherer N; Mactaggart I; Huggett C; Pheng P; Rahman M-U; Biran A; Wilbur J
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Disabled people in Britain and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shakespeare T; Watson N; Brunner R; Cullingworth J; Hameed S; Scherer N; Pearson C; Reichenberger V
Social Policy & Administration
Are Nepal's water, sanitation and hygiene and menstrual hygiene policies and supporting documents inclusive of disability? A policy analysis.
Wilbur J; Scherer N; Mactaggart I; Shrestha G; Mahon T; Torondel B; Hameed S; Kuper H
International journal for equity in health
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