post-doctoral fellow

Tesera Bitew


Addis Ababa University

Tesera Bitew is an assistant professor (PhD) in Mental Health Epidemiology at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia.  He holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from AAU.  Currently, he is a post-doctoral fellow at AAU funded by the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI). 

His main research interests are in the areas of perinatal depression, maternal behavioural medicine (maternal health psychology) and perinatal outcomes. Tesera’s research experiences are mainly related to maternal mental health aimed to investigate the impact of antenatal depression on maternal healthcare utilisation and perinatal complications. He also has research experience in the areas of HIV risk behaviours and behaviours affecting academia, as well as teaching and community services experience.

Tesera’s post-doctoral research is focusing on adaptation of culturally relevant psychosocial intervention for antenatal depression in low-income setting rural Ethiopia. Antenatal depression is a common public health challenge in low and middle income countries impacting perinatal outcomes in one in every five women, but no culturally relevant interventions for antenatal depression have been developed in such settings.


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

Prof Katherine Sorsdahl, University of Cape Town

Prof Bronwyn Myers, University of Cape Town


1. Bitew T, et al. (2017). "Antenatal depressive symptoms and perinatal complication. A prospective study in rural Ethiopia." BMC Psychiatry 17(301).

2. Bitew T, Hanlon C, Kebede E, Medihn G, Fekadu A. Antenatal depressive symptoms and maternal health care utilisation: A population-based study of pregnant women in Ethiopia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016;16:301

3. Bitew T, Charlotte Hanlon, Eskinder Kebede, Simone Honikman, Michael Onah and Abebaw Fekadu.  Antenatal depressive symptoms and uptake of delivery and postnatal care. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 2016, Under review  

4. Bitew, Tesera.  Review of prevalence and risk factors of depression in Ethiopia.  2014;  EJHS vol. 24, No. 2

5. Bitew T.  Demographic and Socioeconomic Determinants of HIV/AIDS Risk Behaviours in Addis Ababa and Nazareth.  Ethiopian Journal of Business Development; 2014, vol 8 (2)