MBPhD Programme


CLARKE, Kelly Louise


July 2009

Current Position: 

Qualified: 2015

PhD title: 

Tension in the Terai: exploring maternal mental health in the perinatal period and interventions to improve it in Dhanusha district, Nepal

Principal Supervisor: 

Dr Audrey Prost - Institute of Child Health

Funding Source: 


Description of Project:

The PhD comprised the following components:

- Quantitative analysis using multilevel regression methods to evaluate the impact of a community mobilisation intervention on maternal mental health, and to identify determinants of maternal common mental disorders

- A qualitative grounded theory study to understand experiences of maternal distress in rural Nepal

- A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions and risk factors for maternal common mental disorders in low and middle-income countries

- Formulation of maternal mental health policy recommendations for rural Nepal and other low-resource settings


Clarke K, King M, Prost A (2013) Psychosocial interventions for perinatal common mental disorders delivered by non-mental health specialists in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine 10: e100154.

Clarke K, Saville N, Shrestha B, Costello A, King M, et al. (2014) Predictors of psychological distress among postnatal mothers in rural

Nepal: A cross-sectional community-based study. Journal of Affective Disorders 156: 76-86.

Clarke K, Saville N, Bandari B, Giri K, Ghising M, et al. (2014) Understanding psychological distress among mothers in rural Nepal: a qualitative grounded theory exploration. BMC Psychiatry 14: 60.

Upadhaya N, Luitel N, Clarke K (2013) Improving children's mental health in Nepal: documenting the work of TPO Nepal. International Child Health Group Newsletter. Summer 2013.


I have supervised a BSc global health student and taught both BSc and MSc students on global health topics and research methods

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