phd fellow

Habtamu Mokonnen


Addis Ababa University

Habtamu Mekonnen is a Mental Health Epidemiologist and faculty member in the department of Psychology at Jimma University. He holds a Bsc degree in Biology, MA degree in developmental Psychology and PhD degree in Mental Health Epidemiology, all from Addis Ababa University. Habtamu worked at Rift Valley University as an Instructor and Dean of students. Currently he is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Habtamu’s areas of research interests are; child and adolescent mental health, child cognitive development, the link between maternal mental health and child-adolescent outcomes, psychosocial intervention in the area of maternal mental health, and educational outcomes. His AMARI postdoctoral study focuses on the investigation of the impact of maternal mental health upon child cognitive development, explore, coproduce and adapt a problem focused school based psychosocial intervention to mitigate the negative effect of maternal and child emotional and behavioural disorder on child education outcomes.


Dr. Charlotte Hanlon, Addis Ababa University & King’s College London