Dr Valentina Iemmi is LSE Fellow in the Department of Health Policy. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of global health policy and practice, with a specialism in mental health and disability. She previously worked at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (LSE), International Centre for Evidence in Disability (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health (King’s College London), and French National Institute of Health and Medical Research Unit 669 (Paris Descartes University). She has a PhD in Social Policy and has advised and/or consulted for various national and international organisations, including World Health Organization, European Commission, UK Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), Global Innovation Fund, United for Global Mental Health.
Valentina’s research focuses on global mental health and disability from a policy and financing perspective. Much of her research has explored mental health policy and practice in high- and low- and middle-income countries, adopting multi-sectoral and life-course approaches. Her current research examines sustainable financing for global mental health, looking at the role of external funding in mental health in low- and middle-income countries. As a social scientist with training in clinical psychology and health policy, her research draws on diverse disciplines and fields (including health policy, health economics, public policy, international development, psychology) and multiple methods (quantitative, qualitative, evidence synthesis). Valentina speaks Italian, English and French at professional level and Spanish at intermediate level.