Lola Kola, PhD

  • Former Global Mental Health Scholar

Dr. Lola Kola Ph.D, is a Mental Health Specialist and Global Mental Health researcher at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry College of Medicine University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Psychology, Lead City University, Ibadan, and an affiliate faculty at the BRiTE Center, Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, United States. Lola has a background in clinical social work in a hospital setting. Her Global Mental Health research foundation consists of 3 overlapping work areas —Epidemiological studies, innovation clinical trials in primary care using the WHO Mental Health GAP guidelines, and implementation studies. Lola’s current work is centered around developing psychosocial interventions on digital platforms to increase mental health services access. She is working with colleagues at the BRiTE center and the University of Ghana on how to establish a West African Mental Health digital mental health alliance (WADMA).

Dr. Kola has an NIH Emerging Global Leader award, and she is active in global mental health discussions in an era of COVID-19. She is speaking out on the mental health implications of the pandemic, and the model that promotes the use of technology to scale up access to mental health services through expert panel discussions, publications (Kola et al., 2021; COVID-19 mental health impact and responses in low-income and middle-income countries) and appearance on media (BBC popular radio program “The Evidence”). She is on the Editorial Board of Lancet Psychiatry and a co-editor of the Psychiatric Services Global Column on health reforms.

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