Rachel Maina​
Research Asso​ciate

As a Research Associate, Ms. Maina Rachel Wanjiru supports the Brain and Mind Institute’s research pillar to deliver targeted interventions. She is a qualified clinical psychologist with more than five years’ experience in assessment and management of psychological disturbances in individual and group therapy. Rachel holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and is currently pursuing her PhD at Tilburg University, Netherlands. She is skilled in training, assessment and management of mood disturbances, work related stressors, substance use, as well as anxiety related complications. Further, her competency encompasses management of research project’s life cycle from pre award, implementation, closeout, as well as manuscript preparation and publication.

Rachel’s research interest is in integrating mental health solutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. She has experience in working with policy makers, mental health experts and allied professionals in using research to integrate solutions for mental wellbeing. She has been awarded several local and international research grants and has published in various peer reviewed journals. Prior to joining the Brain and Mind Institute (BMI), Rachel held a faculty position at Technical University of Kenya, as well as research positions at Washington State University Global Health Kenya and University of Nairobi, Kenya. She currently is a consultant with the Suicide Technical Working Group at the Ministry of Health, Kenya.​​