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Nicole Votruba

Dr Nicole Votruba

Post-doctoral Researcher


Nicole Votruba is a post-doctoral researcher in the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She is scientific coordinator of the Emilia study, and co-lead of the Indigo Local study. Nicole is also policy officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

Nicole completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s, and holds an MA and BA in political sciences and International law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Sciences Po’ Toulouse. She is completing an MSc Psychology in 2021. From 2014-2016, Nicole was coordinator of FundaMentalSDG, a global initiative strengthening mental health within the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nicole has more than ten years’ experience of working as a consultant with research collaborations and policy (European Commission, European Parliament, WHO), on issues of public health, mental health, human rights, development, gender, diversity and inclusion.

Research Interests 

  • Global mental health
  • Global health
  • Mental health policy
  • Evidence-informed policymaking
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Suicide prevention
  • LMICs, Africa, Arab World, Eastern Europe, UK
  • UN SDGs


  • Global Mental Health
  • Policy engagement
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Social Media to disseminate research

Expertise and Public Engagement 

  • House of Wisdom: Invited to do a podcast episode on Mental Health & Stigma
  • WeTalk Platform series on community mental health, well-being and empowerment (King’s College London, TU Dresden Invited lecture: Ms. President, we need to talk about mental health! A framework for evidence to policy agenda-setting
  • The Future of Health Conference, World Happiness Virtual Agora: Mental health and the UN SDGs,
  • 2019: MPs in urgent need of help to access mental health support. The Times. Available at:
  • Mental Health Europe: Webinar on mental health and the SDGs (
  • House of Parliament/Westminster: Emerald project
  • Global Health Forum Taiwan 2016: Mental health in the UN SDGs (invited talk)
  • EU Parliament Gender Summit 2016: Mental health and gender differences (invited talk) 
  • Secretary of Executive Board, Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (F-GiP)
  • Member of the Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Team, King’s College IoPPN (2019/20 Student champion)
  • Supporter of SOFMA Mental Health Service User Group Sierra Leone
  • Member of the THRIVE London Suicide prevention group