​Manasi Kumar
Senior Implementation Scientist and Mental Health Consultant​

Dr Manasi Kumar is the Brain and Mind  Institute’s (BMI) Senior Implementation Scientist and ​Mental Health Consultant. She  holds a doctorate degree from the University of London (UCL), UK. Trained in theoretical psychoanalysis and implementation science informed evidence based mental health research in LMICs, she has lived and worked in diverse contexts of South Asia and East Africa. For the last 10 years she was involved in training of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists based at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi, Kenya, and has been involved in mental health capacity building efforts targeting specialists, non-specialist health workers globally.

She is an affiliate associate Professor at the Departments of Psychology and Global Health at University College London and University of Washington Seattle, US.  For the last seven years her focus has been on developing intervention approaches for peripartum adolescents, adolescents and young women living with HIV. Her focus on social determinants of mental health crosscuts adolescents, women, and families. She is on the WHO technical advisory group on maternal mental health and part of the senior advisory group behind UNICEF’s state of the world mental health report 2021. She is leading testing of UNICEF’s initiative mental health of adolescents at population level (MMAP) in Kenya as well as UNICEF/WHO’s Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT). She is also a recipient of Fogarty International Centre and NIMH’s Global Leadership Award (K43) that is aiming to use WHO mhGAP framework and group IPT to develop sustainable interventions for peripartum adolescents that contribute towards mental health systems strengthening. She is a Co-Investigator in the UK National Institute of Health Research, evaluating the impact of group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) in Lebanon and Kenya on child developmental outcomes, maternal depression, and the mother-child relationships. She is part of seven ongoing NIH funded studies. Her publications can be assessed on ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

Her research interests include strengthening of mental health research capacity in SSA and other emerging economies and building sustainable and equitable partnerships that inform progress in global mental health.