Fred Ssewamala, PhD, Program Director

Dr. Ssewamala is the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Public Health at the Brown School, and Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine at WUSTL. He is the Founding Director of ICHAD; and the Director of the SMART Africa Center. For the past 15+ years, Dr. Ssewamala’s global research, funded by a consortium of institutions including the U.S government through NIMH and NICHD, has focused on improving health/mental health and developmental outcomes for vulnerable children and adolescents; and creating innovative combination interventions for communities affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS. Through ICHAD and SMART Africa, Ssewamala and colleagues are able to test and implement rigorous innovative interventions in LMICs including Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ghana.

Mary McKay, PhD, Program Director

Dean McKay Dean of Brown School at WUSTL continuing the School’s legacy of creating vital knowledge, initiating social change, and preparing leaders to address social and health challenges both locally and globally. Dean McKay’s academic experience connects deeply to both social work and public health. She has received substantial federal funding for research focused on meeting the mental health and health prevention needs of youth and families impacted by poverty. She has significant expertise in child mental health services and implementation research methods, as well as over 20 years of experience conducting HIV prevention and care-oriented studies, supported by the NIH. She has been the PI on studies set in SSA since 2000. She has authored more than 150 publications on mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS prevention and urban poverty.

Noeline Nakasujja, PhD, Program Director

Dr. Nakasujja is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Psychiatry Department at the College of Health Sciences Makerere University. A clinical psychiatrist by training, Dr. Nakasujja’s research focuses on mental health research that has in particular evaluated special populations of HIV positive individuals. She has an impressive record as a department chair and mentor, serves on several international associations and has received numerous recognitions and honors for her scientific achievements.