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NIHR Global Health Research Group

Harriet Birabwa-Oketcho


                                                                                  Harriet Birabwa Oketcho

Harriet qualified as a doctor in 1996 and after one year of internship in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and paediatrics, she immediately joined a rural hospital in an area that had been previously been ravaged by a civil war. This is where she developed an interest in Psychiatry.  In 1999 she decided to join Makerere University Medical School, now called Makerere College of Health Sciences, for a Master’s degree in Psychiatry.  After qualifying as a psychiatrist in 2002, she worked with Mulago National Referral Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry as a Junior Psychiatrist for three years before transferring to Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital in 2005. While in Butabika Hospital she has risen through the ranks and is now a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist with various clinical, administrative, training and research responsibilities.  Harriet is also a former Commonwealth Professional Fellow at the East London NHS Foundation Trust through the Butabika Link.                          

Harriet is a general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in mood disorders, the role of religion and spirituality and psychosocial interventions for mood disorders.

Harriet is a research lead for the DIALOG+ intervention in the NIHR Global Health Research Group on developing psycho-social interventions.



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