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Georgina Miguel Esponda is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She joined the department in September 2019 where she collaborates at the REACH and INTREPID II projects, both led by Professor Craig Morgan.

Georgina completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), in collaboration with the non-governmental organisation Compañeros En Salud. Her PhD assessed the implementation of a mental health programme delivered at primary care clinics in Mexico. She previously completed an MSc in Global Mental Health at the IoPPN and the LSHTM and an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Georgina’s research has focused on the use of implementation science and qualitative methods to improve the delivery of mental health services and understand the role of social determinants in mental health, particularly in low-resource settings and among vulnerable populations.

Research Interests

  • Global Mental Health
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Implementation Science
  • Social Epidemiology


Georgina teaches in the Global Mental Health MSc programme.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Georgina has conducted consultancy work for Ember Mental Health and for the Mental Health Innovation Network.

Georgina was a panellist at the seminar “Reconceptualising the treatment gap for common mental disorders: A fork in the road for global mental health?” and at the session “Mental Health in Context: A Renewed Agenda for Global Mental Health” during the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health conference. She also presented the findings of the REACH Diary Study at the Emerging Minds Conference.

As part of her PhD, Georgina conducted a public engagement project entitled “Perspectives of the Sierra”, which used the Photovoice methodology to explore the experiences of people diagnosed with a mental illness in rural Mexico, and shared the project outputs at two photography exhibitions. Her project won the third place in the Photovoice Competition at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research.