Portrait: Emilio Ovuga

Research Interests

Community level mental health conditions, awareness, coping mechanisms and service provision.

Emilio Ovuga

Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda. Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda. Project Coordinator of the ENRECA Gulu Project.


PhD in Public and Mental Health, Stockholm 2005; MA in Medicine (Psychiatry), Makerere University 1981; MBChB Makerere University 1976.

Selected Assignments

I am currently the Principal Investigator at Gulu University in a study of neurocysticercosis and epilepsy in Sub-Saharan Africa involving Uganda and Zambia in Africa, the University of Munich in Germany.

Team leader for a Ugandan team of researchers on a shool-based pilot study for the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) as part of a multi-national collaborative study on creating awareness on child and adolescent mental health problems in schools in Kampala District, 2005

Selected Publications

Mutto M, Lawoko S, Ovuga E, et al (2009) Structural Validity and Reliability of the Integrated conflict and Violence Scale (ICVS), International Journal of Injury control and Safety Promotion (In Print), Manuscript ID: 440395

Ovuga E, Boardman J & Wasserman D (2007), Integrating mental health into primary health care: local initiatives from Uganda. World Psychiatry, 6 (1): 60-62

Akello G, Reis R, Ovuga E, Rwabukwali EB, Kabonesa C, & Richters R (2007) Primary school children's perspectives of common diseases and medicines used: implications for school healthcare programmes and priority setting for Uganda, African Health Sciences, 7(2): 74-80

Ovuga E., Boardman J & Wasserman D (2005), Prevalence of suicide ideation in two districts of Uganda. Archives of Suicuide Research, 9(4): 321-332

Petrushkin H, Boardman J & Ovuga E (2005). Psychiatric conditions in HIV positive individuals attending an AIDS Support Organization (TASO) clinic in urban Kampala. Psychiatric Bulletin, 29: 451-458

Ovuga E & Madrama C (2006). The magnitude and psychosocial problems associated with alcohol use in the Uganda Police in Kampala district, African Health Sciences, 6(1): 14-20