Maji Hailemariam Debena, PhD

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Assistant Professor 

Dr. Hailemariam is a Mental Health Epidemiologist, a researcher and advocate for equitable mental health care globally. Her research interests include mental health care for underserved populations in low-resource settings including within high-income countries. Her research focuses on developing lay provider or peer provider-delivered mental health interventions to improve access to mental health services, improve functioning and reduce mental health symptoms. Her research is guided by understanding barriers to mental health care that are disproportionately experienced by underserved populations including perinatal women, rural residents, and justice-involved individuals in low-resource settings.

Developing peer-provider-delivered behavioral health interventions:

  • Peer Navigation for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Leaving Jail (R34 MH118402)
  • MOSAIC (MOthers’ AdvocateS In the Community) for Perinatal Women with Experience of Intimate Partner Violence (R34 MH127061) 

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Scholarly Interests

  • Implementation science
  • Global mental health
  • Mental health for underserved populations


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  • Address:
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