DR. NG’S PREVIOUS RESEARCH
Much of my previous research focused on identifying modifiable risk and protective factors for PTSD and common mental disorders in survivors of war and armed conflict, particularly the Rwandan genocide.2-6 I extended my research to intervention development during my National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where I used mixed-methods to develop and evaluate culturally-relevant measures of child mental health symptoms and conducted a pilot efficacy trial of a family-based resiliency intervention to prevent mental health problems in children affected by HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. Results indicated that participants were very satisfied with the culturally-adapted intervention and that children in the family resiliency intervention reported less depression compared to children in treatment as usual.7,8 Despite the favorable results, the intervention was not continued after the trial ended because of barriers to sustainability and lack of integration within the existing Rwandan health care system. Since that time I have dedicated myself to using hybrid effectiveness-implementation science methods1 to develop interventions that may be more sustainable and scalable in diverse settings.
- Curran GM, Bauer M, Mittman B, Pyne JM, Stetler C. Effectiveness-implementation hybrid designs: combining elements of clinical effectiveness and implementation research to enhance public health impact. Med Care. 2012;50(3):217-226.
- Betancourt TS, Ng LC, Kirk CM, et al. Family-based prevention of mental health problems in children affected by HIV and AIDS: an open trial. AIDS. 2014;28 Suppl 3:S359-368.
- Ng LC, Ahishakiye N, Miller DE, Meyerowitz BE. Narrative characteristics of genocide testimonies predict posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms years later. Psychol Trauma. 2015;7(3):303-311.
- Ng LC, Ahishakiye N, Miller DE, Meyerowitz BE. Life after Genocide: Mental Health, Education, and Social Support of Orphaned Survivors. International perspectives in psychology : research, practice, consultation. 2015;4(2):83-97.
- Ng LC, Kirk CM, Kanyanganzi F, et al. Risk and protective factors for suicidal ideation and behaviour in Rwandan children. Br J Psychiatry. 2015;207(3):262-268.
- Ng LC, Kanyanganzi F, Munyanah M, Mushashi C, Betancourt TS. Developing and validating the Youth Conduct Problems Scale-Rwanda: a mixed methods approach. PLoS One. 2014;9(6):e100549.
- Betancourt TS, Ng LC, Kirk CM, et al. Family-based prevention of mental health problems in children affected by HIV and AIDS: an open trial. Aids. 2014;28(Suppl 0):S1-S10.
- Betancourt TS, Ng LC, Kirk CM, et al. Family-based promotion of mental health in children affected by HIV: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2017;58(8):922-930.