Dr. David Ndetei is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the Founder and Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a non-governmental organization dedicated to research on mental and neurological health and substance use to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available and accessible mental health services. The Foundation is a leading center of mental health research in East and Central Africa.
Dr. Ndetei has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (Co-I) of nearly all published clinical and community epidemiological studies on mental health in Kenya. He was Co-I of one of the first multicenter studies in the world, which focused on the neuro-psychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS. His pioneering research on the relationship between intravenous drug use and HIV/AIDS forms the basis of the Kenyan government’s current policy on intravenous drug users. He has worked extensively as an international mentor and collaborator to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded researchers. He is also a member of peer review and advisory committees to the NIMH/NIH and Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Ndetei has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals, co-authored and edited 5 books and compiled 21 monographs based on his work available for public access at the University of Nairobi library.
In addition to his academic and AMHF responsibilities, Dr. Ndetei is Chair of the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Zone 14 (East, Central and South Africa) representative. He has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and numerous universities across the globe. He was trained in Kenya at the University of Nairobi and in the UK at the University of London and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, at the Maudsley.