PROFESSOR INGE PETERSEN

DIRECTOR

Inge Petersen, PhD, is Director of the Centre for Rural Health (CRH) in the College of Health Sciences and Professor of Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. She is also a visiting Professor in the Department of Health Service and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, London. She has published over 100 peer review publications and over 20 book chapters and supervised 38 PhD and Masters completed dissertations. She has extensive experience in integrated mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As part of the 6 country Emerald (Emerging mental health systems in low- and –middle income countries), research consortium, she co-led a work package on processes required to enable integration of mental health care at the primary-care level. She is currently a principal investigator of the COBALT (Comorbid Affective Disorders, AIDS/HIV, and Long Term Health) trial and a country principal investigator for the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care in South Africa which is a 5 research consortium. Both studies in South Africa are concerned with the development and evaluation of integrated mental health care for common mental disorders comorbid with multiple chronic conditions, including non-communicable diseases and HIV. This body of work is now being scaled up in South Africa with the support of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Mental Health Integration (MhINT) project; her role being that of the South African PI. She is also the contact PI for a National Institute of Health (NIH) U19 HUB funding award to evaluate this scale up and provide capacity building in integrated mental health care to Mozambique and Tanzania; as well the non-technical skills lead for the newly formed NIHR funded Health Institute at Kings College Londond (ASSET) as well as being a co-Pl for the country level South African study focused on person centred TB/depression care.

In addition to this body of work on integrated primary mental health care, Dr Petersen also has expertise in mental health promotion and prevention, having been involved in the development and evaluation of risk reduction and family strengthening interventions for children in South Africa, leading an edited book on mental health promotion in low- and middle-income countries, as well as leading the population and community platform chapter for the Mental, Neurological and Substance Abuse (MNS) volume of the 3rd edition of Disease Control Priorities (DCP3).

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Publications

Egbe, C.O., Egbochuku, E., Meyer-Weitz, A., Petersen, I. A Qualitative Exploration of the Theory of Triadic Influence in a Nigerian Setting: The Case of Cigarette Smoking. Psychological Studies, Sept 2017;62(3):DOI10.1007/s12646-017-0419-5

Petersen I, Rathod S, Kathree T, Selohilwe O, Bhana A. Risk correlates for physical-mental multimorbidities in South Africa: a cross-sectional study. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences. Dec 4 2017:1-9.

Bhana A, Rathod SD, Selohilwe O, Kathree T, Petersen I. Characteristics and correlates of alcohol consumption among adult chronic care patients in North West Province, South Africa. S Afr Med J. Jun 30 2017;107(7):636-642.

Hanlon C, Semrau M, Alem A, Abayneh S, Abdulmalik J, Docrat S, Evans-Lacko S, Gureje O, Jordans M, Lempp H, Mugisha, J., Petersen, I. et al: Evaluating capacity-building for mental health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries for service users and caregivers, service planners and researchers. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences 2017:1-8.

Semrau M, Alem A, Abdulmalik J, Docrat S, Evans-Lacko S, Gureje O, Kigozi F, Lempp H, Lund C, Petersen I et al: Developing capacity-building activities for mental health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries for service users and caregivers, service planners, and researchers. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences 2017:1-11.

Upadhaya N, Jordans MJD, Pokhrel R, Gurung D, Adhikari RP, Petersen I, et al. Current situations and future directions for mental health system governance in Nepal: findings from a qualitative study. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2017;11:37.

Hanlon C, Eshetu T, Alemayehu D, Fekadu A, Semrau M, Thornicroft G, et al. Health system governance to support scale up of mental health care in Ethiopia: a qualitative study. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2017;11:38.

Mugisha J, Abdulmalik J, Hanlon C, Petersen I, Lund C, Upadhaya N, Ahuja S, Shidhaye R, Mntambo N, Alem A et al: Health systems context(s) for integrating mental health into primary health care in six Emerald countries: a situation analysis. Int J Ment Health Syst 2017, 11:7.

Mall S, Hailemariam M, Selamu M, Fekadu A, Lund C, Patel V, Petersen I, Hanlon C: ‘Restoring the person’s life’: a qualitative study to inform development of care for people with severe mental disorders in rural Ethiopia. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences 2017, 26(1):43-52.

Petersen I, Marais D, Abdulmalik J, Ahuja S, Alem A, Chisholm D, Egbe C, Gureje O, Hanlon C, Lund C et al: Strengthening mental health system governance in six low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South Asia: challenges, needs and potential strategies. Health Policy Plan 2017. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czx014

Jordans M, Rathod S, Fekadu A, Medhin G, Kigozi F, Kohrt B, Luitel N, Petersen I, Shidhaye R, Ssebunnya J et al: Suicidal ideation and behaviour among community and health care seeking populations in five low- and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study. Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences 2017:1-10.

Oppong Asante, K., Petersen, I., Meyer-Weitz, A. (2016). Mental Health and Health Risk Behaviours of Homeless Adolescents and Youth: A Mixed Methods Study. Child and Youth Care Forum 45(3):433-449

Bhana A, Mellins CA, Small L, Nestadt DF, Leu CS, Petersen I, Machanyangwa S, McKay M: Resilience in perinatal HIV+ adolescents in South Africa. AIDS Care 2016, 28 Suppl 2:49-59.

Egbe, C.O., Meyer-Weitz, A., Petersen, I. (2016). Intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental risk influences for cigarette smoking among the youth of southern Nigeria. Annals of Global Health, 82(3):385-386.

Brooke-Sumner C, Lund C, Selohilwe, O., Petersen I. (2016). Community-based psychosocial rehabilitation for schizophrenia service users in the North West Province of South Africa: A formative study. Social Work in Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1220439

Egbe, C.O., Egbochuku, E.O., Petersen, I., Meyer-Weitz, A. Cigarette smoking among Southern Nigerian youth and what geopolitical zones got to do with it. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2016.1192710

Petersen, I., Evans-Lacko, S., Semrau, M., Barry, M. M., Chisholm, D., Gronholm, P., Egbe, C. O., Thornicroft, G. (2016). Promotion, prevention and protection: interventions at the population- and community-levels for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low- and middle-income countries. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 10.1186/s13033-016-0060-z

Jordans, M. J., Chisholm, D., Semrau, M., Upadhaya, N., Abdulmalik, J., Ahuja, S., Alem, A., Hanlon, C., Kigozi, F., Mugisha, J., Petersen, I., Shidhaye, R., Lund, C., Thornicroft, G., Gureje, O. (2016). Indicators for routine monitoring of effective mental healthcare coverage in low- and middle-income settings: a Delphi study. Health Policy and Planning. 10.1093/heapol/czw040

Brooke-Sumner C, Lund C, Petersen I. Bridging the gap: investigating challenges and way forward for intersectoral provision of psychosocial rehabilitation in South Africa (2016). Int J Ment Health Syst. 10:21. PubMed PMID: 26962328. Pubmed Central PMCID: 4784432.

Baron, E. C., Hanlon, C., Mall, S., Honikman, S., Breuer, E., Kathree, T., . . . Tomlinson, M. (2016). Maternal mental health in primary care in five low- and middle-income countries: a situational analysis. BMC Health Serv Res, 16(1), 53. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1291-z

Breuer, E., De Silva, M. J., Shidaye, R., Petersen, I., Nakku, J., Jordans, M. J., . . . Lund, C. (2016). Planning and evaluating mental health services in low- and middle-income countries using theory of change. Br J Psychiatry, 208 Suppl 56, s55-62. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153841

Chisholm, D., Burman-Roy, S., Fekadu, A., Kathree, T., Kizza, D., Luitel, N. P., . . . Lund, C. (2016). Estimating the cost of implementing district mental healthcare plans in five low- and middle-income countries: the PRIME study. Br J Psychiatry, 208 Suppl 56, s71-78. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153866

De Silva, M. J., Rathod, S. D., Hanlon, C., Breuer, E., Chisholm, D., Fekadu, A., . . . Patel, V. (2016). Evaluation of district mental healthcare plans: the PRIME consortium methodology. Br J Psychiatry, 208 Suppl 56, s63-70. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153858

Hanlon, C., Fekadu, A., Jordans, M., Kigozi, F., Petersen, I., Shidhaye, R., . . . Patel, V. (2016). District mental healthcare plans for five low- and middle-income countries: commonalities, variations and evidence gaps. Br J Psychiatry, 208 Suppl 56, s47-54. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153767

Lentoor, A. G., Oppong Asante, K., Govender, K., & Petersen, I. (2016). Psychological functioning among vertically infected HIV-positive children and their primary caregivers. AIDS Care, 1-7. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1124979

Petersen, I., Fairall, L., Bhana, A., Kathree, T., Selohilwe, O., Brooke-Sumner, C., . . . Patel, V. (2016). Integrating mental health into chronic care in South Africa: the development of a district mental healthcare plan. Br J Psychiatry, 208 Suppl 56, s29-39. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.153726

Barry MM, Clarke AM, Petersen I. Promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders: priorities for implementation. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.2015;21(7):503-516.

Patel, V., Chisholm, D., Parikh, R., Charlson, F. J., Degenhardt, L., Dua, T., Ferrari, A. J., Hyman, S., Laxminarayan, R., Levin, C., Lund, C., Medina Mora, M. E., Petersen, I… DCP MNS Group. (2015). Addressing the burden of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00390-6

Oppong Asante, K., Meyer-Weitz, A., & Petersen, I. (2015). Mental Health and Health Risk Behaviours of Homeless Adolescents and Youth: A Mixed Methods Study. Child and Youth Care Forum, DOI: 10.1007/s10566-015-9335-9.

Bhana, A., Rathod, S. D., Selohilwe, O., Kathree, T., & Petersen, I. (2015). The validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire for screening depression in chronic care patients in primary health care in South Africa. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1), 118. doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0503-0

Brooke-Sumner, C., Petersen, I., Asher, L., Mall, S., Egbe, C. O., & Lund, C. (2015). Systematic review of feasibility and acceptability of psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia in low and middle income countries. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 19. doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0400-6

Lund, C., Alem, A., Schneider, M., Hanlon, C., Ahrens, J., Bandawe, C., . . . Susser, E. (2015). Generating evidence to narrow the treatment gap for mental disorders in sub-Saharan Africa: rationale, overview and methods of AFFIRM. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci, 24(3), 233-240. doi: 10.1017/S2045796015000281

Marais, D. L., & Petersen, I. (2015). Health system governance to support integrated mental health care in South Africa: challenges and opportunities. Int J Ment Health Syst, 9, 14. doi: 10.1186/s13033-015-0004-z

Oppong Asante, K., Meyer-Weitz, A., & Petersen, I. (2015). Correlates of psychological functioning of homeless youth in Accra, Ghana: a cross-sectional study. Int J Ment Health Syst, 9(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/1752-4458-9-1

Semrau, M., Evans-Lacko, S., Alem, A., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Chisholm, D., Gureje, O., . Thornicroft, G. (2015). Strengthening mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries: the Emerald programme. BMC Med, 13, 79. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0309-4