Prof Lukoye Atwoli

Dean, Medical College, East Africa

Prof Atwoli is a Professor in Psychiatry with extensive leadership, teaching, and academic research experience. He is the former Dean of the Moi University School of Medicine, where he excelled at building collaborations and partnerships between the School of Medicine and academic medical centres in Africa, Europe, and the US, transforming it into a regionally leading research and graduate medical school. 

Prof Atwoli has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Moi University.  His residency (Master of Medicine) in Psychiatry was undertaken at the University of Nairobi.  Prof Atwoli has a PhD from the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  He is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town.  He is an international Faculty member at the Global Health Institute, Duke University and an external examiner for multiple universities.

Prof Atwoli leads and participates in mental health research locally and globally. He is a member of the WHO World Mental Health Surveys Consortium, which is the leading collaborative project in psychiatric epidemiology globally. He was also the Global Technical Director for the citiesRISE initiative (, whose goal is to help make five cities mental health friendly (Nairobi, Chennai, Bogota, as well as Seattle and Sacramento). The initiative works with young people in these cities to increase connectedness, improving their coping ability by working to build resilience and hopefulness, and linking those in need to care. 

Prof Atwoli has over 50 publications to his credit in academic books and in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has supervised to completion 17 Masters Candidates and is currently supervising four PhD and four Masters students at universities in Kenya, the US, and Europe.  

Prof Atwoli is a significant influencer of mental health policy in Kenya and on the continent. To this end, he has served as Vice President of the Kenya Medical Association and holds positions with the African Association of Psychiatrists, the African College of Neuro-psychopharmacology, and the World Psychiatric Association. ​

Dean’s Office, 
Aga Khan University Centre, 
P.O. Box 30270-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Phone: 254 020 366 2106/1518/2185

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