Mary De Silva
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.