Valentina Iemmi

Job role: 
LSE Fellow, Department of Health Policy
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

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.

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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Political priority for global mental health: old challenges, new opportunities

Blog on the new paper on establishing political priority for global mental health: political determinants + challenges & opportunities + policy recommendations
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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.