Prof. David M. Ndetei

David M. Ndetei is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and also the Founding Director of Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to research for evidence-based policy, practice and promotion of mental and neurological health, and healthy behavior.

He has been the PI or Co-I for most Kenyan published clinical and community epidemiological studies on mental health and substance abuse which are the basis for practice in Kenya. Through these studies, he has worked with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and had opportunities for collaboration with various individuals and institutions around the world and across disciplines.

In addition, he has 316 scholarly publications on various aspects of mental health and authored 6 books and 21 monographs (the list is available to the public on AMHF website). Prof. Ndetei has a vision of attaining affordable and evidence-based mental health services for all in Kenya, informing his passion for mental health research. He is the Director, World Psychiatric Association Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, AMHF, Nairobi, Kenya; Nominee, Distinguished International Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Hon.

Member World Psychiatric Association; World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Zone 14 Representative; Immediate Past Chairman, Africa Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK; Horn Africa, East, Central and Southern Africa and allied Indian Ocean Island; Faculty and Collaborator, The Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry,

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Faculty, Western University Canada, GLOBAL MINDS Institute; Member, Kenya Psychiatric Association and Member, Kenya Medical Research Institute National Ethical Research Committee. AMHF website:


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