Dr Benedict Weobong
BSc MSc PhD
Distance Learning Tutor
H. No. 451 (168) Bhatkar Waddo
Succour Porvorim Bardez
North Goa 403501
I am an epidemiologist with a psychology background and currently a DL Tutor in the department/faculty of epidemiology and population health. I am currently based in Sangath-Goa, leading research work in developing a brief intervention for problematic drinking behaviour adolescents.
I have also done some teaching at the exciting global mental health summer school run jointly by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.
I have been involved in mental health research since joining the Kintampo Health Research Centre in Ghana in 2002. A significant part of this work has involved epidemiological research particularly with pregnant and postpartum women in Kintampo-Ghana, including:
Adaptation, translation and validation of the PHQ-9, as the optimal screening assessment for the identification of clinically significant common mental disorder among perinatal women in the Kintampo setting (Wellcome Trust Master’s Fellowship 2005-2006).
One of the largest ever cohort studies of the impact of antenatal and postnatal depression on obstetric, maternal and infant outcomes. This involved designing and implementing antenatal and postnatal depression assessments (13,929 women), nested within two large trials (Obaapa VitA and Newhints), that collected data on maternal and infant outcomes. This was the basis for my PhD and comprised 5 papers addressing, the prevalence and determinants of antenatal and postnatal depression, the consequences of antenatal depression on the mother and newborn; the consequences of postnatal depression on infant mortality and morbidity, and the impact of the Newhints home visits on postnatal depression.
I have also worked in the area of psychosis in Ghana with Dr. Victor Doku as the PI examining cannabis use as a risk factor using a population-based case-control design. I have also delved into issues of care-giver burden resulting from people living with mental illness within Ghana.
In addition, I have been actively involved in the area of bio-ethics and was the administrator for the ethics committee of the Kintampo Health Research Centre in Ghana.