SMART Africa-Uganda

SMART Africa-Uganda

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.

SMART Africa-Uganda Publications

Sensoy Bahar, O., Byansi, W., Kivumbi, A., Namatovu, P., Kiyingi, J., Ssewamala, F.M., McKay, M., Nyoni, T. (2020) From “4Rs and 2Ss” to “Amaka Amasanyufu” (Happy Families): Adapting a U.S.-based Evidence-Based Intervention to the Uganda Context. Fam Process, 2020. PubMed

McKay, M. M., Bahar, O. S., & Ssewamala, F. M. (2019). Implementation Science in Global Health Settings: Collaborating with Governmental & Community Partners in Uganda. Psychiatry Research, 112585. Science Direct

Ssewamala, F. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., McKay, M., Huang, K. Y., Hoagwood, K., & Pringle, B. (2018). Strengthening mental health and research training in Sub-Saharan Africa (SMART Africa): Uganda study protocol. BMC Trials, 19, 423. Biomed Central