February 26th: Enhancing community-based care for depression: global mental health research across the implementation trajectory



Title: Enhancing community-based care for depression: global mental health research across the implementation trajectory

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Time: 12 – 1 PM

Location: School of Population and Public Health, UBC Campus, 4th Floor, Room 424

The event is free but please register: HERE

Lunch will be provided.

Topic: Closing the critical gap in availability of and access to evidence-based mental health care in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) is a fundamental objective of global mental health research. While research about the effectiveness of mental health interventions has increased in the last decade, a challenge remains in how to ensure that effective interventions are scaled-up and integrated into health systems to address the mental health care needs of communities. Implementation science has been increasingly employed in global mental health research to understand mechanisms that promote the scale-up and sustainability of these interventions. Given the complexity of the global mental health service delivery context, there is an opportunity for innovation in implementation science research that accounts for these complex systems and contributes to closing the mental health care gap. In this presentation, Dr. Murphy will provide an overview of ongoing studies in Vietnam and China, offering an introduction to global mental health implementation research across the implementation trajectory.

Presenter: Dr. Jill Murphy, PhD is a MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellow at the Mood Disorders Centre in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and is the Strategic Initiatives Director for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health. Her expertise is in global mental health and implementation science, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific. Her PhD research explored cultural conceptualizations of depression and barriers and facilitators to the integration of depression services in primary healthcare in Vietnam. Her current research involves intervention and implementation research to improve access to and availability of evidence-based mental health care in primary care and community-based settings, including through the use of task-sharing approaches and mHealth technologies. She is currently involved as a co-investigator on studies in Vietnam and China.

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