Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Mental Health Department of Johns Hopkins’ School of Public Health, where she is investigating the impact of lifetime depressive and alcohol-use disorders on adherence to treatment regimens among rural Ugandans with HIV infection. Previous research has shown that HIV-positive individuals are much more likely to have mental-health problems than those who test negative; if undiagnosed and untreated, such problems may cause HIV patients to refuse to take prescribed anti-retroviral medications. Etheldreda’s goal is to help integrate Ugandan mental-health services into existing HIV-treatment services by developing screening tools for mental-health problems related to HIV infection, and by developing associated treatment guidelines.
A native of Uganda, Etheldreda received a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery, and a Master’s degree in Psychiatry, from Makerere University in Kampala. She is an active advocate for mental health in Uganda; before coming to Johns Hopkins, she was Medical Officer and later Resident Psychiatrist at Ugandan hospitals.