Leslie Johnson, MPH, MLitt

U.S. Scholar, VECD 2016-17

Home Institution: Emory University
Fellowship Site: Public Health Foundation of India
Research Topic: Diabetes, Mental Health

Ms. Johnson will spend her fellowship year at Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi under the mentorship of Mohammed Ali, MBChB, MSc, MBA, Nikhil Tandon, MD, PhD and Vikram Patel, PhD. Her research will focus on evaluating the impacts of integrated depression and diabetes treatment in India: A process evaluation of the INDEPENDENT Study.

Ms. Johnson is a second-year doctoral student at Emory University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Having completed a master’s in Theology at the University of St. Andrews prior to starting her public health career, Ms. Johnson’s work initially focused on the intersection of religion and health. Through participation in research projects in India and Kenya exploring the role of religion as a social determinant of health, she has developed a passion for global mental health and qualitative research methods. Based on her experience in the field, Ms. Johnson is interested in how mental illness impacts one’s experiences and management of co-morbid conditions, particularly in low-resource settings. At Emory, she worked with Project UPLIFT, a distance-delivered program de-signed to prevent or reduce depression in people with epilepsy, to train mental health professionals across North America. She plans to pursue a research career in global mental health.