Catherine Thomas

Job role: 
Research Specialist
Member type: 
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

Catherine Thomas is a Research Specialist at Princeton University and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Global Mental Health from King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has conducted research on and worked with global health and economic empowerment initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests include the psychology of poverty, particularly the psychological consequences of poverty and their relation to economic behavior and poverty alleviation. 

Approach: 
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Regions of interest: 
Africa
North America
Setting: 
Community
Primary care
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Disability
Disorders of interest: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Country: 
United States of America

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Impact evaluation of unconditional cash transfers

Randomized Control Trial of GiveDirectly cash transfers among low-income populations to determine causality between poverty and psychological well-being
Region: 
Africa
Population: 
Adults
Families and carers
Disorder: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders