Valentina Iemmi

Job role: 
Research Fellow, D. of Health Policy / PhD candidate, D. of Social Policy)
Member type: 
Researcher
Student
Brief Biography: 

Valentina Iemmi is Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, with over 10 years of experience in the field of global mental health policy and practice.

 

As a social scientist with training in clinical psychology and health policy, her research is multidisciplinary, drawing on multiple fields including public policy and international development. Her current research is primarily on sustainable development for global mental health. Much of her recent research has focused on economic and financial topics, adopting multi-sectoral and life-course approaches. She uses multiple methods: quantitative and qualitative methods, and evidence synthesis. Most of her research aims to inform policy and practice: public engagement includes coverage by media and social media, presentations to non-academic audience (e.g. World Health Summit), participation to expert meetings (e.g. Overseas Development Institute), and technical advice to national and international organisations. She has successfully raised research funding.

 

Valentina’s teaching experience is at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient facilities for children, adolescents, and adults with mental disorders. She speaks Italian, English and French at professional level and Spanish at intermediate level.

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Empowerment and service user involvement
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Setting: 
Community
Workplace
School
Primary care
Specialist care
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Disability
Disorders of interest: 
All disorders
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Mental Health for Sustainable Development: A Topic Guide for Development Professionals

This topic guide is a primer for development professionals interested in learning about the basics of key issues in mental health.
Page type: 
Evaluation
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
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Sustainable development for global mental health

A large ecosystem of external actors for mental disorders already exists presenting opportunities for unlocking additional resources, though coordination of efforts is crucial, and the use of a sustainable and ethical approach is a moral imperative. Further research is needed to understand all external actors and the allocation of their contributions in different settings.
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
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Suicide and poverty in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Study suggesting associations between suicide and economic poverty in low-income and middle-income countries.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Prevention and promotion
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Community-based Rehabilitation for People With Disabilities in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Systematic Review

A systematic review on the evidence about the impact of community-based rehabilitation on the lives of people with disabilities and their carers in LAMIC.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
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External actors offer opportunities to unlock additional resources for global mental health

Valentina Iemmi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In this blog, she shares the results of her PhD research exploring the role of international actors investing in global mental health in low and middle income countries.
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Are suicide and poverty associated in low and middle income countries?

Valentina Iemmi and Jason Bantjes explain and put in context their recent review article examining the relationship between suicide and poverty in LMICs.
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Have Your Say on the Treatment Gap in Global Mental Health

Victoria de Menil and Valentina Iemmi describe the proceedings of the UK's first joint hearing on global mental health.