Dr. Ishtar Govia currently holds a post as a Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), UWI Mona. She is trained as a research psychologist and specializes in mixed methods and implementation science. At the CAIHR she is the Institute’s lead for Mental Health, with responsibility for articulating the focus, aligning existing projects, facilitating collaborations, and developing new grant applications and projects. Her research interests include integrated and holistic approaches in mental health, trauma, non-communicable diseases, health inequities, and health systems. Certified in Advanced Clinical Practice in Dementia Care from the University of Michigan, she also works with persons living with dementia and their care network.
- Dr Govia is a Director on the Board of the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network
- She is a founding member and member of the Executive Council of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations
- She is also a member of the INDIGO Network, which is a collaboration of researchers coordinated at the Centre for Global Mental Health in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London.
- For Alzheimer’s Jamaica, she is a Director on the Board of Directors and volunteers as the Executive Director.
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Ishtar Govia is a Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR), UWI Mona and research psychologist, specializing in mixed methods and implementation science. She joined CAIHR in 2015, after working from 2009 as a Lecturer in Applied Psychology with the Psychology Unit within the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI Mona.
She is passionate about connecting the arts and sciences, using interdisciplinary approaches, and making the world a better place for women and children.
With a commitment to capacity building, a key aspect of Dr Govia's daily work at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research includes mentorship of early career researchers via career guidance, CV development, opportunities for publication, opportunities for travel, prioritisation of training and regular, interactive appraisals.
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