​Maureen Atieno Ondire
Research Associate

​Maureen is a dedicated professional committed to continuous learning and professional development. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Counselling Psychology from Mount Kenya University and is currently scaling new heights pursuing a Master's degree in the same field. Further, Maureen has completed various professional development courses from the University of Washington, showcasing her expertise in Global Mental Health, Project Management in Global Health, conducting research responsibly, and Leadership and Management in Health. 

Her expertise extends beyond academia, with additional specialized skills in Monitoring and Evaluation acquired at Amref International Training Centre and Research Approaches, Data Management and Analysis for Quantitative and Qualitative Research Using Stata and NVivo at Versed Professionals Services. She is adept at conducting various research activities such as focus group discussions, key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, observation transcription and translation, qualitative data analysis, and report writing.

Maureen joined the Aga Khan University's Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) in December 2023 as a Research Associate supporting the Brain-Resiliency Project in Kenya. Her responsibilities include supervision, study tool development, participant recruitment, data curation, cleaning, analysis, and report generation for BMI's research activities. 

Previously, she served as a Study Coordinator at the University of Maryland and a Qualitative Research Assistant at KEMRI-CDC Health and Demographic Surveillance System HDSS. At KEMRI-CDC, she contributed to studies like "Menstrual Solution for Girls (MS)" and "Cups and Cash for Girls (CCG)" in Siaya County. Maureen also participated in projects such as "Willingness to Know the Cause of Death; Hypothetical Acceptability of the Minimally Invasive Autopsy in Six Diverse African and Asian Settings," where she was featured in the publication. Additionally, she contributed to the study "Informing Future HPV Vaccination Efforts in Rural Kenya."

Maureen's diverse experience extends to working with key populations, including people who inject drugs, female sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and people living with HIV. She actively participated in a Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial at the University of Maryland and featured in a publication on Tobacco Use Behaviours among People Living with HIV in Nairobi, Kenya.

In essence, Maureen is a highly skilled and experienced researcher with extensive experience and a strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, project management, and a demonstrated commitment to addressing public health issues.