At the Cutting Edge of Global Mental Health: The Global Mental Health Research Seminar Series

28 Oct 2021 to 30 Jun 2024, 10:00-10:00

The Global Mental Health Research Seminar Series 2023-2024

During the academic year 2023-2024, the collaborative efforts of students from the MSc in Global Mental Health program and the Global Health program have come together to organise the student-led Cutting Edge Seminar Series. This dynamic initiative aims to curate an engaging and enlightening series of seminars, delving into pivotal themes within global health and mental health.

Seminar 1: November 1st, 2023

Topic: Global Mental Health

Guest speaker: Professor Ricardo Araya 

Discussant: Maria Jose Alpcuhe; Karen Du Pont

Chair: Maria Jose Alpuche


Seminar 2: March 20th, 2024

Topic: Wounded Healers: Mental Health of Healthcare Workers

Guest speakers: Dr Muzaffer Kaser; Dr Carla Kamitsuji

Discussant: Joyce Lam; Renata Teixeira Da Silva

Chair: Pranathi Ramachandra 

The Global Mental Health Research Seminar Series 2022- 2023

In the academic year 2022-2023, the MSc in Global Mental Health students have played an instrumental role in organising an insightful seminar series that delves into key topics within the realm of global mental health. Building upon the success of the previous year, this series has continued to be a platform for fostering dialogue, sharing knowledge, and exploring diverse perspectives on mental health challenges worldwide.

Seminar 1: October 31st, 2022

Topic: Adapting Vintage Research Methods To New Realities: Lessons Learned During and Post-Pandemic Fieldwork Scenarios in Ukraine

Guest speakers: Dr. Irina Zaviryukha; Dr. Julia Rozanova 

Discussant: Leah Bulka;  Zara Bracegirdle 

Chair: Dr. Nikita Nalawade


Seminar 2: December 1st, 2022

Topic: Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health

Guest speakers: Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft; Ms Charlene Sunkel 

Discussants: Irene Prince; Lauren McPhail 

Chair: Ruqoyah Oqunbiyi


Seminar 3: March 7th, 2023

Topic: From Research to Practice: an Indonesian Perspective 

Guest speakers: Gaby Gabriela Langi;  Made Diah Negara 

Discussants: Jaeden Joyner; Laura Kho 

Chair: Hizkia Yolanda


Seminar 4: April 4th, 2023

Topic: Developing Mental Health Services in Somaliland: Opportunities and Challenges in Designing and Implementing the Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan

Guest speaker: Dr Liban Ahmed Hersi

Discussants: Payal Khatore ; Nehmiea Melese

Chair: Ian Gabrielle Hipol


Seminar 5: April 18th, 2023

Topic: Effective Interventions for Drug Policy: Prioritizing the Public Good 

Guest speaker: Professor Sir John Strang

Discussant: Vanessa Dzoro 

Chair: Omolayo Anjorin 


Seminar 6: May 22nd, 2023

Topic: Understanding Notions of Community for Wellbeing and Mental Health Support: An Overview

Guest speaker: Dr. K. V. Kishore Kumar

Discussants: Laura Kho;  Sadhani Rajapakse

Chair: Dr. Nikita Nalawade

The Global Mental Health Research Seminar Series 2021-2022

In 2021-2022  MSc in Global Mental Health students have helped to organise a series of seminars that have covered various topics within the mental health field. These seminars helped to share the knowledge and discuss the ways that people address and research numerous challenges around the world. 
A total of 8 seminars were organised online discussing the following themes: 

Seminar 1: October 28th, 2021

Topic: The Mental Health of Older Adults with HIV in Ukraine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guest Speaker: Dr. Julia Rozanova

Discussant: Anna Peycheva

Chair: Dr Onwuzurike Ogan


Seminar 2: November 24th, 2021

Topic: WHO mental health gap action programme (mhGAP) intervention guide

Guest Speaker: Professor Sir Graham Thronicroft

Discussant: Sharon Varghese

Chair: Dr. Olusola Olojo


Seminar 3: January 25th, 2022

Topic: "Literacy and financial support and a community that stands with them": a qualitative exploratory study of experiences of poverty, mental health and the Child Support Grant among youth and caregivers in Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest Speaker: Professor Crick Lund

Discussant: Dr Muftau Mohammed

Chair: Alexa Elias


Seminar 4: March 1st, 2022

Topic: Effect of a Digital Intervention on Depressive Symptoms in Patients With Comorbid Hypertension or Diabetes in Brazil and Peru

Guest Speakers: Professor Ricardo Araya and Dr. Marcia Scazufca

Discussant: Renata Solórzano de Souza

Chair: Anna Peycheva


Seminar 5: March 7th, 2022

Topic: Opioid Use Disorder: Global Developments and Challenges

Guest Speaker: Professor Sir John Strang

Discussant: Renata Solórzano de Souza

Chair: Sharon Varghese


Seminar 6: March 23rd, 2022

Topic: Black in White spaces: how systemic racism works in everyday life

Guest Speaker: Professor Elijah Anderson

Discussant: Olusola Olojo

Chair: Asmau Abba


Seminar 7: March 30th, 2022

Topic: Friendship Bench: The Untold Story

Guest Speaker: Professor Dixon Chibanda

Discussant: Dr Onwuzurike Ogan

Chair: Dr Poh Khuen Lim


Seminar 8: May 16th, 2022

Topic: The Adaptation of Scalable Mental Health Interventions in New York City

Guest Speaker: Dr. Adam Brown

Discussant: Alexa Elias

Chair: Renata Solórzano de Souza