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Nicole Votruba

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Implementation Science

  • PI Group: Jane Hirst

Dr Nicole Votruba is a senior postdoctoral researcher leading the SMARThealth Pregnancy And Mental Health (PRAMH) study, a trial evaluating community-based mental health care for perinatal women. She is also leading the process evaluation of the SMARThealth Pregnancy programme (PI Prof Jane Hirst). She is co-coordinator of the Indigo Local study, a global programme to reduce stigma and discrimination in mental health, executive secretary of Mental Health in Human Rights FGIP, and junior research fellow at Wolfson College. She is interested in global (mental) health, women's mental health, implementation science, stigma/discrimination, science-policy inter-relationships.

Before joining NDWRH, Nicole was working with Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, where she coordinated several global mental health research studies, including the Emilia programme and the Emerald programme. She was policy officer of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, and coordinated FundaMentalSDG, a global initiative successfully contributing to the inclusion of mental health in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nicole is a psychologist and political scientist. In her PhD, she investigated mental health science-policy interrelationships and policy priority setting in low- and middle-income countries, and developed the EVITA 2.0 action framework to improve evidence-based mental health policymaking.