Ritz Kakuma is an Associate Professor in Global Mental Health and Programme Director for MSc in Global Mental Health at the Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit (GCMHU), Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne until Dec 2017 and continues to hold an honorary position as a Senior Fellow.
She has a background in epidemiology and biostatistics, public health and mental health systems and policy research. Her research and development activities are primarily based in low- and middle-income settings and among culturally and linguistically diverse populations, include: mental health policy and system strengthening, health system evaluation, mental health workforce development, mental health stigma and discrimination research, health policy analysis, policy and community engagement, and health research capacity development.
Ritz has experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, systematic reviews and works in partnership with government, non-government organisations and bilateral agencies for research and policy development, consulting with stakeholders to develop community-based mental health services, supporting governments in drafting mental health policies and legislations, developing and delivering training programs on mental health system development.