Kelly Clarke

Kelly Clarke

PhD Student

UCL Institute for Global Health
Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH

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Expertise: Maternal mental health in low and middle-income countries.

Biography: Kelly is currently studying towards a PhD in global mental health. This degree is sandwiched between third and fourth years of a MBBS medical degree at the same university; the entire course is referred to as the MB PhD Programme. Kelly’s research is located in the Terai (plains) region of Nepal and is being carried out in collaboration with MIRA, one of IGH’s partner organisations. Her thesis comprises an evaluation of the impact of a community mobilisation intervention with women’s groups on maternal distress, as well as an analysis of determinants and a qualitative study of perceptions and experiences of maternal distress.

In summer 2008 Kelly completed an internship at BasicNeeds Policy and Practice Directorate, Bangalore in India. In the same year she and a fellow medical student set up UCL Open Minds, a student-led initiative to train medical students to deliver mental health education workshops to secondary school students. In June 2012 the project received funding to scale up and evaluate the project in five additional UK universities. Kelly has a BSc in Neuroscience (UCL, 2007-2010).