Dr Ritsuko Kakuma is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Mental Health.
Her current research are primary based in low- and middle-income settings and include mental health policy and system, human resources for mental health, mental health stigma and discrimination, knowledge translation, and health research capacity development. Some projects in which she is currently involved include:
She also holds an Honorary Research Associate position in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at University of Cape Town and Assistant Professor position at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. She has a Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University where her research focus was mental health services and policy research. Her postdoctoral training was based at University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada) to address stigma and discrimination in mental health systems in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia (2007-2009) within the Mental Health and Poverty Project