I joined King’s College London in January 2017 as Professor of Global Mental Health, and Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a joint research and education initiative between the IoPPN and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
My field of expertise is in the development and implementation of simple and affordable interventions to treat mental disorders, particularly in resource-poor settings. I previously developed a model of care to treat common mental disorders, which has been adapted and used in several middle and low-income countries. I have a leading role in major initiatives to increase mental research capacity in Latin America and Africa.
I qualified in Medicine at Universidad de Chile in 1982 and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1987. Shortly after qualifying, I joined the South London and the Maudsley and the Bethlem Royal Hospital rota, initially as a Clinical Associate, and afterwards as a Registrar/Senior Registrar. I returned to Chile in 1992 to work as a Senior Scientific Advisor at the Ministry of Health and subsequently Director of the Primary Care Evaluation Unit. I was Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Universidad de Chile, from 1995 to 1999, then I moved back to the UK to take on the role of Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales until 2002. I was awarded my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2000 and was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol from 2002 to 2013; then Professor of Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from 2013 to 2017 before joining the Health Service and Population Research Department at King’s College London.
A study undertaken by my team and published in the Lancet – Treating depression in primary care in low-income women in Santiago, Chile: a randomised controlled trial; 2003 – paved the way to the introduction of the first National Depression Treatment Programme in Primary Care in Chile. This model of care has been adapted and replicated in India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Lebanon.
- The study of common mental disorders in primary health care and in the community
- Treatment of common mental disorders
- Aetiology of mental disorders
I teach the Theory to Practice module at the MSc in Global Mental Health:
- Implementation Frameworks
- Scaling-up interventions
- Case studies
Expertise and Public Engagement
- I am a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
- I was a panel member of the Joint Global Health Trials (Wellcome Trust, MRC, DfID) Panel for 5 years.
- I sit in different Research panels for Medical Research Council (MRC).
Garman, E. C., Avendano, M., Araya, R., Evans-Lacko, S., McDaid, D., Zimmerman, A. & Lund, C., 15 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 319, p. 352-360 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.09.101
Nakamura, C. A., Scazufca, M., Moretti, F. A., Didone, T. V. N., de Sá Martins, M. M., Pereira, L. A., de Souza, C. H. Q., de Oliveira, G. M., da Costa, M. O., Machado, M., da Silva Bitencourt, E., Dos Santos, M. S., Murdoch, J., van de Ven, P., Seward, N., Hollingworth, W., Peters, T. J. & Araya, R., Dec 2022, In: Trials. 23, 1, p. 761 1 p., 761. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06623-z
Doukani, A., Free, C., Araya, R., Michelson, D., Cerga-Pashoja, A. & Kakuma, R., 25 Jul 2022, In: BJPsych Open. 8, 4, e142. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2022.546
Gaete, J., Inzunza, C., Ramírez, S., Valenzuela, D., Rojas, C. & Araya, R., Dec 2022, In: Trials. 23, 1, 542. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06472-w
Valenzuela, D., Turunen, T., Gana, S., Rojas-Barahona, C. A., Araya, R., Salmivalli, C. & Gaete, J., Nov 2022, In: PREVENTION SCIENCE. 23, 8, p. 1470-1482 13 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-022-01379-z
Healey, A., Verhey, R., Mosweu, I., Boadu, J., Chibanda, D., Chitiyo, C., Wagenaar, B., Senra, H., Chiriseri, E., Mboweni, S. & Araya, R., 1 May 2022, In: Evidence-based mental health. 25, 2, p. 47-53 7 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1136/ebmental-2021-300317
Karyotaki, E., Araya, R., Kessler, R. C., Waqas, A., Bhana, A., Rahman, A., Matsuzaka, C. T., Miguel, C., Lund, C., Garman, E. C., Nakimuli-Mpungu, E., Petersen, I., Naslund, J. A., Schneider, M., Sikander, S., Jordans, M. J. D., Abas, M., Slade, P., Walters, S., Brugha, T. S., & 6 others, May 2022, In: JAMA Psychiatry. 79, 5, p. 430-443 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2022.0301
Minja, A. A., Larson, E., Aloyce, Z., Araya, R., Kaale, A., Kaaya, S. F., Kamala, J., Kasmani, M. N., Komba, A., Mwimba, A., Ngakongwa, F., Siril, H., Smith Fawzi, M. C., Somba, M., Sudfeld, C. R. & Figge, C. J., 11 Mar 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2022.2050174
Gaete, J., Ramírez, S., Gana, S., Valenzuela, D. & Araya, R., 25 Jan 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Trials. 23, 1, 76. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05904-3
Seward, N., Hanlon, C., Abdella, A., Abrahams, Z., Alem, A., Araya, R., Bachmann, M., Bekele, A., Bogale, B., Brima, N., Chibanda, D., Curran, R., Davies, J., Beyene, A., Fairall, L., Farrant, L., Frissa, S., Gallagher, J., Gao, W., Gwyther, L., & 18 others, 31 Dec 2022, In: Global Health Action. 15, 1, 1987044. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2021.1987044