Sylvia Kamau
Research Assistant

​Sylvia Kamau, an early career professional, graduated from Moi University with a degree in Psychology and is a registered practitioner with both the Counselors and Psychologists Board and the Kenyan Clinical Psychologists Association. Her commitment to mental health advocacy is fueled by her passion for understanding the human mind and improving lives.

Her journey began with research on Psychosis-Risk populations in Kenya, providing valuable insights into mental health research. As a Consultant Clinical Research Assistant, she led the Kenya Psychosis Risk Outcomes Study, focusing on early psychosis detection. Using tools like Redcap, she collected data and assisted participants in EEG and MRI procedures, honing her research skills.

Committed to empowering future mental health professionals, Sylvia mentored project teams and provided counseling as a Clinical Supervisor for the ANANSI SCHOOL PROGRAM. Her work in rural areas underscored her dedication to expanding mental health services to underserved communities.

At Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital, Sylvia recognized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing mental health challenges. As a Psychological Counselor, she impacted individuals and communities through counseling sessions, HIV screening programs, and community outreach initiatives.

Throughout her career, Sylvia has developed expertise in project management, clinical supervision, and psychological counseling, obtaining certifications from organizations like the World Health Organization and the CITI Program.

Now, Sylvia joins BMI as a Research Assistant for the "Genetics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in African Ancestry Populations" study, responsible for participant recruitment and data collection. She remains dedicated to improving mental health outcomes, research, and advocacy, making a lasting impact in the field.