Research Group: Global Mental Health


Closing the Mental Health Treatment Gap

75% of people with mental health problems in low-income countries do not have access to effective treatment. Our research focuses on improving the mental health and health-related behaviors of people living with HIV and other vulnerable groups in global, low-resource settings. We use mixed methods to understand the individual and social factors associated with better health outcomes. Our ultimate goal is to develop, test, and disseminate culturally-appropriate behavioral interventions in innovative and sustainable ways.

Key Projects

this is actually from pebra

Testing a couple-based intervention for mental health in Lesotho

This study will assess whether an adapted version of the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) is more effective at improving depression and substance use in people living with HIV in Lesotho than the existing standard of care.


Dr. Jennifer Belus  - Group Lead

Dr. Irene Falgas Bague  - Senior scientific collaborator

Natalie Johnson  - PhD student

Maria-Inés Haldemann  - MD student