Janet Nakigudde is a behavioral scientist Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University in Uganda.  She attended Makerere University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and thereafter attended Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Makerere University in a sandwich program to obtain a doctorate in Psychology in 2011.  As part of her work, she mentors undergraduate and postgraduate students in behavioral science and bioethics. She is also involved in clinical work in the hospital and started the psychological assessment and management of patients in the two Uganda National referral hospitals (Mulago and Butabika).  In 2013-14, she was awarded the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar award for a clinical attachment.


Through her work, she has gained experience working with vulnerable populations with her PhD thesis focusing on postpartum psychosis and family social support.  Since completing her PhD, she has continued to work with vulnerable populations such as children, refugees, and those affected by Ebola and Maburg.  In a collaborative study with New York University, she and her collaborators tested out strategies to improve mental wellbeing of primary schoolchildren children in Uganda by implementing a classroom-based behavioral management program. This program was welcomed by the Ugandan Ministry of Education and the two parties are now working on ways of scaling up and implementing it in primary school teacher training colleges in Uganda.  During the Ebola and Maburg outbreaks in Uganda in 2012 and early 2013, she coordinated the psychosocial team work of the two task forces. As a result, she was awarded a medal at the last 2015 Uganda International Women’s day cerebrations as one of the Ugandan women achievers.


She is an IRB member of the School of Medicine at the College of Health Sciences and is also a vice chair for the Mengo Hospital IRB. She is interested in the justice and fairness processes of carrying out research in clinical and community settings.  She hopes that the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will enable her to effectively carry out her IRB duties, enhance her tutoring of students in bioethics and research work and work towards her University’s mission in bioethics.



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