Dr. Musyimi is a nurse with a PhD in Global Mental Health and a passion for mental health research. She aspires to conduct world-class innovations by developing and implementing evidence-based models to reduce mental health burden for disadvantaged populations in communities. The implementation of this work will strengthen effective governance from the community to national levels to promote ownership and sustainability. She has been the principal investigator (PI) of three local and international grants focusing on training non-mental health specialists (e.g. primary health care workers such as nurses) and community providers (e.g. faith healers and traditional healers, including herbalists and traditional birth attendants) in Kenya to provide evidence-based practice based on the mental health Global Action Programme Intervention Guide – mhGAP-IG to their patients, strengthening the chain of referral and alleviating mistrust among the different health care providers. The implementation of these projects resulted in the formation of a DIALOGUE between formal and informal health providers, a key component that improved depression symptoms and referral of patients with complicated cases of depression and other mental illnesses to receive further care. In addition to being the pioneer in Africa of this first-of-a-kind mental health initiative in which faith healers and traditional healers provided conventional care, she has widely presented the findings and lessons learnt at local and international conferences and workshops and published in peer-reviewed journals, newsletters, books, including the Oxford Textbook of Public Health.
She brings to the WACP Board her expertise in working with informal and formal non-mental health healthcare specialists based in resource-constrained settings and incorporating them into routine mental health care in collaboration with the local administration and national governments.