Victoria de Menil

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Victoria de Menil, PhD is Research Director of the NeuroDev study, which seeks to better understand genetic influences on neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a joint appointment at the Broad Institute and Oxford University, working alongside Elise Robinson and Charles Newton. She also has an emerging interest in epilepsy research.

Dr. de Menil has an interdisciplinary background with experience in health services research, mental health economics and medical anthropology. She holds a PhD in Health and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in Population and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her doctoral research was on the role of non-state actors in increasing mental health service coverage in Kenya.

Prior to joining the Broad Institute, Dr. de Menil worked as a consultant for the Center for Global Development. She also worked for four years at the NGO BasicNeeds, helping its director Chris Underhill to transition the country offices into independently governed organizations.

Dr. de Menil has been actively involved in the field of global mental health since 2003 and worked on mental health care in Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda), Central and Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Haiti), and India (Karnataka).

Regions of interest: 
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Children and adolescents
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disorders of interest: 
Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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MHIN Research Summary ‘Global mental health’: the term and its implicit priorities

This is a MHIN summary for a Systematic Review entitled 'Global mental health’: systematic review of the term and its implicit priorities' (Misra et al., 2019).
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
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‘Global mental health’: systematic review of the term and its implicit priorities

What do we really mean when we say "global mental health"? What are the implicit assumptions in what geographic regions and mental health conditions get included and which do not? This systematic review of global mental health and its implicit priorities discusses these findings.
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
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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.