Board of Directors
Byamah Brian Mutamba
Dr. Mutamba has dual expertise in public health and mental health and is currently working as a consultant psychiatrist at Butabika Hospital in Uganda where he practices general adult psychiatry and is the clinical head of the Alcohol and Drug Unit. He completed his MBChB at Mbarara University in 2001 and M. Med (Psychiatry) at Makerere University in 2006 in Uganda. He received his MPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011 and his doctorate from the Amsterdam Institute of Social Sciences Research, University of Amsterdam in 2018.
Dr. Mutamba is the technical director at YouBelong Uganda, a community-based Non-Government Organization in Uganda working to transition institutionalized individuals living with severe mental illness (SMI) and epilepsy back to their families and communities. Using a culturally embedded pre and post-discharge intervention, the YouBelongHOME program aims to address the social isolation and abandonment experienced by people living with SMI.
His research interests center on the development and implementation of evidence-based and culturally appropriate public mental health service models in low-resource settings. He has been involved with a number of mental health implementation research projects in different capacities including as master trainer during the piloting of the WHO mhGAP in Uganda; component lead-Stigma in the Mental Health Beyond Facilities project, which aimed to develop a comprehensive community-based mental health services model for people with SMI and epilepsy in three post-conflict countries: Uganda, Liberia, and Nepal; and, principal investigator for the project, Family-Based Group Interpersonal Therapy for Caregivers of Children with Nodding Syndrome to Improve the Mental Health of Both.