Mary De Silva

Job role: 
Head of Population Health, The Wellcome Trust
Affiliation: 
Member type: 
Donor
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

 

As Head of Population Health at Wellcome, I am responsible for strategy, policy and developing the scientific portfolio for population health research in the UK and in low and middle income countries. 

Before joining Wellcome in 2015, I was Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a research partnership between London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Kings Health Partners, and co-founder of MHIN.

My research interests revolve around developing, testing and scaling up appropriate mental health services in low and middle income countries. Projects include  PRIME (PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE), a DfiD funded consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health scaling up mental health in primary care in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa & Uganda, and RISE (Rehabilitation for people with Schizophrenia in Ethiopia), an RCT of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). My particular research expertise is in the evaluation of mental health programmes.

Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
Disability
Disorders of interest: 
Epilepsy/seizures
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Self-harm/suicide
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders
All disorders
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

My contributions

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Validated Screening Tools for Common Mental Disorders in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review

A high quality systematic review of studies validating brief CMD screening tools for use in LMIC populations.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Detection and diagnosis
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Estimating the coverage of mental health programmes: a systematic review

Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
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Acceptability and Feasibility of Task sharing

A MHIN summary for a systematic review on: 'The Acceptability and Feasibility of Task-Sharing for Mental Healthcare in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review' (Padmanathan and De Silva, 2013).
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Task sharing
Training, education and capacity building
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APPG Mental Health for Sustainable Development Report

This Mental Health report was published by the Global Health and Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary groups, and was prepared by Mary De Silva and Jonty Roland on the joint groups behalf.
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Advocacy
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MHIN presentation on developing a Theory of Change framework

How to develop, refine and evaluate a Theory of Change framework for a complex intervention
Page type: 
Implementation
Approach: 
Training, education and capacity building
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Enabling Shared Learning from the GMH Community

Recorded at the Grand Challenges Canada and National Institute of Mental Health Community Meeting in Toronto (June 2015), Mary De Silva, Shamaila Usmani and Georgia Lockwood-Estrin discuss lessons from the body of research generated by Grand Challenges Canada grantees
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Seminar/Webinar: Global Mental Health and the Research - Policy Interface

Global Mental Health seminar on 14th May at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Approach: 
Policy and legislation