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Date: 2016-10-24
Title: Global Division Supports First Psychiatrist in Somaliland

As of September, Somaliland has its first psychiatrist working in country. With support from a philanthropic donor, the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry and Hargeisa Neurology Hospital have been able to fund the salary of the country’s only psychiatrist. In the past two months, Dr. Jayamaaduri Mothukuri, an Indian native, has started to provide direct outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services through comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, counseling, and psychopharmacological treatment of patients. She has also been actively involved in the development of various psychiatric training programs at the University of Hargeisa.

Dr. Mothukuri is a psychiatrist dedicated to promoting global mental health awareness. Prior to joining Hargeisa Neurology Hospital, Dr. Mothukuri was a consulting psychiatrist at Image Hospital, Rays Hospitals, and Mahaveer Hospital in Hyderabad, India where her clinical work focused on child and adolescent health, women’s mental health, psychosomatic medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy and marital therapy. She completed residency in Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad.

Between 2005 and 2010, Dr. Mothukuri lived in the United States where she completed a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007. She has then worked as a research assistant on a hematopoietic cell transplantation study at the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Minnesota Medical center. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of hematopoietic cell transplantation and schizophrenia. In the future, she aims to further pursue an academic and research career in Psychiatry.

Click here to read more on the Division’s collaboration in Somaliland.


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