phd fellow

Mwawi Ng'oma


University of Malawi

Mwawi is a PhD fellow, registered with University of Malawi, College of Medicine. She obtained a Diploma in General Nursing From Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi in 1997 and a certificate in Midwifery at the same university in 1998. She proceeded to work at St John of God Community Services as a general nurse before studying for an advanced diploma in mental health nursing at University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa in 2000. She became a state-registered psychiatric nurse in 2001 and worked for three years as a psychiatric unit manager.  She obtained a Master’s Degree in nursing specialising in mental health at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 2006 and was later redeployed to St John of God College of Health Sciences. She worked as a lecturer in mental health nursing and later Coordinator of Academic Programmmes in the same college. In 2013 she was promoted to be a Programme Manager the organisation. 

Mwawi’s research interest is in the area of maternal mental health. For the AMARI fellowship she plans to develop a psychosocial intervention to manage perinatal depression in Malawi. Maternal mental health is an important and under researched health problem in Malawi.


Dr Ellen Chirwa (PhD) Principal Supervisor, Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi

Dr Robert Stewart (PhD) Associate Supervisor, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom and University of Malawi

Dr Samantha Meltzer-Brody (PhD) External Supervisor, University of North Carolina, United States of America.