The Institute ‘s strategy and operations involve a phased work program closely coordinated and aligned with a wide range of entities, centres, programs and initiatives at the Aga Khan University.


Critical Creative Innovative Thinking Forum

Thinking differently about the modalities for promoting mental health and preventing and treating problems, especially in non-clinical settings.

Data Science Ecosystem

Working on data collection, analysis, and related data science approaches to surveillance, prevention and treatment programs, and other aspects of community-based or clinical problemsolving

Technology Innovation Support Centre

Developing apps, deploying machine learning and big data, and leveraging the potential of technology.

Centre of Excellence for Women & Child Health

Collaborating on research to understand the impact of mental health challenges on vulnerable populations, such as women and children in resources constrained settings.

Centre of Excellence for Trauma & Emergencies

Exploring the relationship between crises, resiliency, and mental health.

Centre for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research

Advancing neuroscience and the potential to revolutionary treatments for mental illnesses.

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations

Contextualizing cultural, religious, historical and contemporary factors arising in mental health research, treatments and programs.

Clinical Research Unit 

Conducting experimental research in mental health interventions.

Institute for Human Development

Collaborating on research in early childhood development, behavioural sciences, and social construction of mental wellbeing.

Regional Neurosciences Group

Integrating studies of the brain and mind in the East African context.

Institute for Global Health & Development

Exploring the relationship between mental health and other major interdisciplinary issues such as climate change, conflict, and food systems.

Medical Colleges

Integrating mental health into core curricular and advancing specializations.

Schools of Nursing & Midwifery

Strengthening front-line and bedside capacities for supporting patients and their families.

Institute for Educational Development

Studying the interplay among young people and the education systems with mental health considerations.

Dept. of Community Health  Sciences

Identifying transformative approaches to systems-level mental health strategies and resourcing capacities.

Dept. of Psychiatry

Developing specialized talent and advancing research in mental health conditions.

Dept. of Biological & Biomedical Sciences  

Promoting critical thinking and encouraging cross-disciplinary research in physical and mental health.

CRITIC Health Data Science Center

Providing entrepreneurial thinking and support in data analytics to mental health researchers.

Cancer Center

Advancing scientific understanding of the interconnections between cancer and mental health.

Center for Innovation in Medical Education

Simulating skill-building clinical and community-based treatments and interventions.