Prasansa Subba

PHD Fellow

Ms. Prasansa Subba has been working in the mental health sector since 2011. For more than 8 years, she was exclusively engaged in multiple mental health research projects that included developing and integrating mental health care package in the community health facilities through Programme for Improving Mental Health (PRIME), assessment of mental health problems in the post-earthquake context, validation of post-traumatic growth inventory, feasibility testing of mHealth for the detection and referral of mental health problems, and adaptation of community programmes for maternal depression. Her role as a project manager at United Mission to Nepal from 2018-2020 gave her an opportunity to examine the integration of mental health in the remote areas of Nepal (such as Bajhang, Doti, Rukum, Dhading and Rupandehi) and to look at mental health as a development agenda. Academically, she completed her MPhil degree in Public Mental Health from the University of Cape Town and is currently engaged as a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, UK. In her PhD project called “Enhance“, she will be focusing on the adaptation of the Thinking Healthy Programme (THP) and will be evaluating its effectiveness for maternal depression. Her key research interest areas include maternal mental health, cultural adaptation, mhealth, and task-shifting.


  1. Enhance


  1. Subba, P., Luitel, N. P., Kohrt, B. A., & Jordans, M. J. (2017). Improving detection of mental health problems in community settings in Nepal: development and pilot testing of the community informant detection tool. Conflict and health11(1), 28.
  2. Bhardwaj, A., Subba, P., Rai, S., Bhat, C., Ghimire, R., Jordans, M., … & Kohrt, B. (2020). Lessons learned through piloting a community-based SMS referral system for common mental health disorders used by female community health volunteers in rural Nepal.
  3. Breuer, E., Subba, P., Luitel, N., Jordans, M., De Silva, M., Marchal, B., & Lund, C. (2018). Using qualitative comparative analysis and theory of change to unravel the effects of a mental health intervention on service utilisation in Nepal. BMJ global health3(6).
  4. Luitel, N. P., Jordans, M. J. D., Subba, P., & Komproe, I. H. (2020). Perception of service users and their caregivers on primary care-based mental health services: a qualitative study in Nepal. BMC Family Practice21(1), 1-11.
  5. Poudyal, A., van Heerden, A., Hagaman, A., Maharjan, S. M., Byanjankar, P., Subba, P., & Kohrt, B. A. (2019). Wearable digital sensors to identify risks of postpartum depression and personalize psychological treatment for adolescent mothers: protocol for a mixed methods exploratory study in rural Nepal. JMIR Research Protocols8(9), e14734.

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Telephone number(s): 01-4431717, 4424082 Extension no. 163

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