SMART Africa Center Publications

SMART Africa – Study Publications

Tozan, Y., Capasso, A., Namatovu, P., Kiyingi, J., Damulira, C., Nabayinda, J., Bahar, O. S., McKay, M. M., Hoagwood, K., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2022). Costing of a multiple family group strengthening intervention (Smart-Africa) to improve child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Uganda. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Asampong, E., Ibrahim, A., Sensoy Bahar, O., Kumbelim, K., Yaro, P. B., McKay, M. M., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2021). Adaptation and implementation of the multiple-family group intervention in Ghana. Psychiatric Service.

Brathwaite, R., Ssewamala, F. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., McKay, M. M.,…& SMART Africa –Uganda Field Team (2021, online first). The longitudinal impact of an evidence-based multiple family group intervention (Amaka Amasanyufu) on Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Impaired functioning among children in Uganda: analysis of a cluster randomized trial from the SMART Africa-Uganda scale-up study (2016- 2022). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 

Naslund, J. A., Kalha, J., Restivo, J. L., Amarreh, I.,…Sensoy Bahar, O., Shields-Zeeman, L., Ssewamala, F. M.,…Pathare, S. (2021). Identifying challenges and recommendations for advancing global mental health implementation research: A key informant study of the National Institute of Mental Health Scale-Up Hubs. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 57.

Sssewamala, F. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., & McKay, M. (Eds.) (2021). Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards Evidence Generation and Policy Development. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.  

McKay, M. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2020). Implementation science in global health settings: Collaborating with governmental & community partners in Uganda. Psychiatry Research, 283, 112585.

Rahman, A., Naslund, J. A., Betancourt, T. S.,…Byansi, W.,…Sensoy Bahar, O.,…Ssewamala, F. M., & Wainberg, M. L. (2020). COVID 19 and the impending mental health crisis: What can the NIMH global mental health research community offer? The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(10), 834-836.

Sensoy Bahar, O., Byansi, W., Kivumbi, A., Namatovu, P., Kiyingi, J., Ssewamala, F. M., McKay, M., & Nyoni, T. (2020). From “4Rs and 2Ss” to “Amaka Amasanyufu” (Happy Families): Adapting a U.S.-based evidence-based intervention to the Uganda context. Family Process, 59(4), 1928-1945.

Sensoy Bahar, O., Cavazos-Rehg, P., Ssewamala, F. M., Abente, B., Peer, L., Nabunya, P., Soto de Laurido, L. E., Betancourt, T. S., Bhana, A., & Edmond, T. (2021). Training LEADers to Accelerate Global Mental Health Disparities Research (LEAD) Program: A Research Training Program Protocol. Frontiers in public health9, 749627.

Kivumbi, A., Byansi, W.,Damulira, D., Namatovu, P., Mugisha, J., Sensoy Bahar, O., McKay, M.M., Hoagwood, K., & Ssewamala, F.M. (2019). Prevalence of behavioral disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder among school going children in Southwestern Uganda. BMC Psychiatry, 19(105).

Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy, & Practice. Special Issue on Equity, Collaboration, and Empowerment in Mental Health Research Partnerships, September 2019, Volume 6, Issue 3
Issue editors:  Manasi Kumar, PhD & Ozge Sensoy Bahar, PhD

Kumar, M., & Sensoy Bahar, O. (2019). Introduction to the issue on equity, collaboration, and empowerment in mental health research partnerships. Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy, & Practice, 6(3), 141-144.

Ssewamala, F. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., McKay, M. M., Hoagwood, K., Huang, K. Y., & Pringle, B. (2018). Strengthening mental health and research training in Sub-Saharan Africa (SMART Africa): Uganda study protocol. BMC Trials, 19(1), 423.

SMART Africa – Affiliate Publications

Bhana, A., Mntambo, N., Gigaba, S. G., Luvuno, Z. P. B., Grant, M., Ackerman, D., … & Petersen, I. (2019). Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for common mental disorders in primary healthcare. SAMJ: South African Medical Journal, 109(4), 278-283.

Breuer, E., Hanlon, C., Bhana, A., Chisholm, D., De Silva, M., Fekadu, A., … & Lund, C. (2019). Partnerships in a global mental health research Programme—the example of prime. Global Social Welfare, 6(3), 159-175.

Govender, K., Bhana, A., McMurray, K., Kelly, J., Theron, L., Meyer-Weitz, A., … & Tomlinson, M. (2019). A systematic review of the South African work on the well-being of young people (2000–2016). South African Journal of Psychology, 49(1), 52-69.

Hailemariam, M., Bustos, T., Montgomery, B., Barajas, R., Evans, L. B., & Drahota, A. (2019). Evidence-based intervention sustainability strategies: a systematic review. Implementation Science, 14(1), 1-12.

Hailemariam, M., Fekadu, A., Medhin, G., Prince, M., & Hanlon, C. (2019). Equitable access to mental healthcare integrated in primary care for people with severe mental disorders in rural Ethiopia: a community-based cross-sectional study. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 13(1), 1-10.

Hailemariam, M., Ghebrehiwet, S., Baul, T., Restivo, J. L., Shibre, T., Henderson, D. C., … & Borba, C. P. (2019). “He can send her to her parents”: The interaction between marriageability, gender and serious mental illness in rural Ethiopia. BMC Psychiatry, 19(1), 1-10.

Huang, K. Y., Lee, D., Nakigudde, J., Cheng, S., Gouley, K. K., Mann, D., … & Mendelsohn, A. (2019). Use of technology to promote child behavioral health in the context of pediatric care: a scoping review and applications to low-and middle-income countries. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 806.

Kemp, C. G., Petersen, I., Bhana, A., & Rao, D. (2019). Supervision of task-shared mental health care in low-resource settings: a commentary on programmatic experience. Global Health: Science and Practice, 7(2), 150-159.

Nabunya, P., Padgett, D., Ssewamala, F. M., Courtney, M. E., & Neilands, T. (2019). Examining the nonkin support networks of orphaned adolescents participating in a family‐based economic‐strengthening intervention in Uganda. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(3), 579-593.

Palinkas, L. A. (2019). Commentary: equity and Exchange in Global Research-Practice Partnerships. Global Social Welfare, 6(3), 209-213.

Selohilwe, O., Bhana, A., Garman, E. C., & Petersen, I. (2019). Evaluating the role of levels of exposure to a task shared depression counselling intervention led by behavioural health counsellors: outcome and process evaluation. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 13(1), 1-15.

Small, L. A., Parchment, T. M., Bahar, O. S., Osuji, H. L., Chomanczuk, A. H., & Bhana, A. (2019). South African adult caregivers as “protective shields”: Serving as a buffer between stressful neighborhood conditions and youth risk behaviors. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(8), 1850-1864.

Bermudez, L. G., Ssewamala, F. M., Neilands, T. B., Lu, L., Jennings, L., Nakigozi, G., … Mukasa, M. (2018). Does economic strengthening improve viral suppression among adolescents living with HIV? Results from a cluster randomized trial in Uganda. AIDS and Behavior, 22(11), 3763-3772.

Huang, K. Y., Bornheimer, L. A., Dankyi, E., & de-Graft Aikins, A. (2018). Parental wellbeing, parenting and child development in Ghanaian families with young children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49(5), 833–841.

Huang, K. Y., Kwon, S. C., Cheng, S., Kamboukos, D., Shelley, D., Brotman, L. M., Kaplan, S. A., Olugbenga, O., & Hoagwood, K. (2018). Unpacking partnership, engagement, and collaboration research to inform implementation strategies development: Theoretical frameworks and emerging methodologies. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 190.

Kumar, M., Amugune, B., Madeghe, B., Wambua, G. N., Osok, J., Polkonikova-Wamoto, A., Bukusi, D., Were, F., & Huang, K. Y. (2018). Mechanisms associated with maternal adverse childhood experiences on offspring’s mental health in Nairobi informal settlements: A mediational model testing approach. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1), 381.

Kumar, M., Huang, K. Y., Othieno, C., Wamalwa, D., Madeghe, B., Osok, J., … & McKay, M. M. (2018). Adolescent pregnancy and challenges in Kenyan context: perspectives from multiple community stakeholders. Global Social Welfare, 5(1), 11-27.

Mutavi, T., Obondo, A., Mathai, M., Kokonya, D., & Dako-Gyeke, M. (2018). Incidence of self-esteem among children exposed to sexual abuse in Kenya. Global Social Welfare, 5(1), 39-47.

Nestadt, D. F., Lakhonpon, S., Pardo, G., Saisaengjan, C., Gopalan, P., Bunupuradah, T., McKay, M. M., Ananworanich, J., & Mellins, C. A. (2018). A qualitative exploration of psychosocial challenges of perinatally HIV-infected adolescents and families in Bangkok, Thailand. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 13(2), 158–169.

Osok, J., Kigamwa, P., Huang, K. Y., Grote, N., & Kumar, M. (2018). Adversities and mental health needs of pregnant adolescents in Kenya: Identifying interpersonal, practical, and cultural barriers to care. BMC Women’s Health, 18(1), 96.

Osok, J., Kigamwa, P., Stoep, A. V., Huang, K. Y., & Kumar, M. (2018). Depression and its psychosocial risk factors in pregnant Kenyan adolescents: A cross-sectional study in a community health Centre of Nairobi. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1), 136.

Osuji, H. L., Nabunya, P., Byansi, W., Parchment, T. M., Ssewamala, F., McKay, M. M., & Huang, K. Y. (2018). Social support and school outcomes of adolescents orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS living in South Western Uganda. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 13(3), 228–238.

Ssewamala, F. M., Bermudez, L. G., & Santelli, J. (2018). The power of financial inclusion: Reporting on the efficacy of economic strengthening interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 62(1S), S3–S5.

Ssewamala, F. M., Wang, J. S., Neilands, T. B., Bermudez, L. G., Garfinkel, I., Waldfogel, J., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Kirkbride, G. (2018). Cost-effectiveness of a savings-led economic empowerment intervention for AIDS-affected adolescents in Uganda: Implications for scale-up in low-resource communities. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 62(1S), S29–S36.

Wang, J. S., Ssewamala, F. M., Neilands, T. B., Bermudez, L. G., Garfinkel, I., Waldfogel, J., Brooks-Gunn, J., & You, J. (2018). Effects of financial incentives on saving outcomes and material well-being: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management: The Journal of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 37(3), 602–629.

Bermudez, L. G., Grilo, S. A., Santelli, J. S., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2017). Informing health choices in low-resource settings. The Lancet, 390(10092), 336-338.

Huang, K. Y., Abura, G., Theise, R., & Nakigudde, J. (2017). Parental depression and associations with parenting and children’s physical and mental health in a sub-Saharan African setting. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 48(4), 517-527.

Mutavi, T., Mathai, M., & Obondo, A. (2017). Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in sexually abused children and educational status in Kenya: a longitudinal study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 5(5).

Pardo, G., Saisaengjan, C., Gopalan, P., Ananworanich, J., Lakhonpon, S., Nestadt, D. F., … & McKay, M. M. (2017). Cultural adaptation of an evidence-informed psychosocial intervention to address the needs of PHIV+ Youth in Thailand. Global Social Welfare, 4(4), 209-218.

Bermudez, L. G., Jennings, L., Ssewamala, F. M., Nabunya, P., Mellins, C., & McKay, M. (2016). Equity in adherence to antiretroviral therapy among economically vulnerable adolescents living with HIV in Uganda. AIDS Care, 28(sup2), 83-91.

Hailemariam, M., Fekadu, A., Selamu, M., Medhin, G., Prince, M., & Hanlon, C. (2016). Equitable access to integrated primary mental healthcare for people with severe mental disorders in Ethiopia: a formative study. International Journal for Equity in Health15(1), 1-10.

Mutavi, T., Mathai, M., Kumar, M., Nganga, P., & Obondo, A. (2016). Psychosocial outcomes among children following defilement and the caregivers responses to the children’s trauma: a qualitative study from Nairobi Suburbs, Kenya. African Journal of Traumatic Stress, 5(1), 38.

Nakigudde, J., Bauta, B., Wolf, S., & Huang, K. Y. (2016). Screening Child Social-emotional and Behavioral Functioning in Low-Income African Country Contexts. Jacobs Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, 2(2).

Parchment, T. M., Small, L., Osuji, H., McKay, M., & Bhana, A. (2016). Familial and contextual influences on children’s prosocial behavior: South African caregivers as adult protective shields in enhancing child mental health. Global Social Welfare, 3(1), 1-10.

Polkovnikova-Wamoto, A., Mathai, M., Vander Stoep, A., & Kumar, M. (2016). ‘Haven of safety’and ‘secure base’: a qualitative inquiry into factors affecting child attachment security in Nairobi, Kenya. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 11(4), 286-296.

Ssewamala, F. M., Karimli, L., Torsten, N., Wang, J. S. H., Han, C. K., Ilic, V., & Nabunya, P. (2016). Applying a family-level economic strengthening intervention to improve education and health-related outcomes of school-going AIDS-orphaned children: lessons from a randomized experiment in Southern Uganda. Prevention Science, 17(1), 134-143.

Timol, F., Vawda, M. Y., Bhana, A., Moolman, B., Makoae, M., & Swartz, S. (2016). Addressing adolescents’ risk and protective factors related to risky behaviours: Findings from a school-based peer-education evaluation in the Western Cape. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 13(1), 197-207.