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Poushali Ganguli is a research associate in health economics, with a focus on economic evaluation of services for children and adolescents. She holds a BSc in physiology from King’s and an MSc in global mental health jointly from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King's College London.  

Prior to her master's Poushali spent two years coordinating an international cohort study examining how biological, psychological and environmental factors during adolescence may influence brain development and mental health. She has also worked on the Western African Ebola virus epidemic response at the World Health Organisation. 

Poushali is also a part-time PhD student, supervised by Dr Barbara Barrett and Prof Sarah Byford. Her PhD research explores the methods of evaluation for school-based health mental health interventions and involves assessment of a mindfulness training programme to enhance mental health, wellbeing and social-emotional behavioural functioning in adolescence. 

Research Interests 

  • Mental health economics 
  • Economic evaluation of child and adolescent mental health programmes 
  • Global mental health 
  • School mental health 


  • Economic evaluation alongside trials 
  • Critical appraisal of economic evaluations 
  • Statistical analysis in health economics (computer-based practicals) 
  • Systematic reviews 
  • Global mental health (design and evaluation of mental health programmes; theory to practice)

Expertise and Public Engagement

Poushali is involved in international interdisciplinary work as a: 

  • Royster Global Fellow – Working with partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to increase awareness and understanding of interdisciplinary graduate education in order to prepare doctoral students for opportunities in an increasingly global academic community. 
  • Plus Alliance International Interdisciplinary Researcher (PIIR) – Working with partners at King’s, UNSW Sydney and Arizona State University to create and share knowledge that can help solve pressing educational and societal global challenges. 

Poushali also supports various public engagement and widening participation activities, such as the IOPPN Youth Awards (Young Economist) scheme, an internship prize to encourage young people to pursue a career in STEM. She has been responsible for managing applications, coordinating visits, planning supervision and work tasks, and supporting winners through a mentoring scheme.