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Bethlehem Tekola Gebru completed her MA degree in Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and her PhD in the department of Psychology at University of Bath, United Kingdom. Prior to joining KCL in 2017, she has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Open University, a research manager with the Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) ESRC Research Group at the University of Bath and consultant at Young Lives, University of Oxford. 

Her Ph.D. research has focused on perceptions of risk, coping strategies and resilience among children who live in poverty in Addis Ababa.  She has expertise and a keen interest in qualitative research approaches. Since 2012 she has been involved in two autism research projects in Ethiopia, leading the design and execution of the qualitative research component of these projects. She is currently based in the Department of Health Services and population Research working on conceptualizations and explanatory models of depression in rural Ethiopia. 

Research Interests 

  • Developmental disorders including autism.  
  • The mental health of women and children, particularly in relation to experiencing difficult life circumstances, their coping strategies, and resilience. 
  • Anthropological approaches in global mental health.