Principal Investigator: Mary McKay, PhD, Fred Ssewamala, PhD
Study Team: Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, Ozge Sensoy Bahar, PhD
Field Coordinators: Apollo Kivumbi, MD, Jennifer Nattabi, MSW, Phionah Namatovu
Research Collaborators: Abel Mwebembezi, PhD (Reach the Youth-Uganda), Fr. Kato Bakulu of Masaka Diocese
SMART Africa-Uganda is part of the SMART (Strengthening Mental health and Research Training) Africa Center, a 5-year longitudinal project (2016-2021) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). SMART Africa Center is a global transdisciplinary center focused on reducing child mental health service and research gaps. SMART Africa-Uganda is a major scale-up study that examines the impact and implementation of an evidence-based multiple family group intervention for children experiencing behavioral problems and their families in Uganda. ICHAD research staff is co-leading this scale-up study in the Greater Masaka region of Uganda with 3000 children (ages 8 to 13) and their families across 30 schools.
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