Dr. Ishtar Govia currently holds a post as a Senior 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. She is passionate about equity and justice. Her research interests include integrated and holistic approaches in mental health, trauma, non-communicable diseases, quality of life, and health and social care services and systems. Certified in Advanced Clinical Practice in Dementia Care from the University of Michigan, she also helps persons living with dementia and their care network with dementia care management.
- 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 and the Chair of the Publications Committee.
- For Alzheimer’s Jamaica, she volunteers as a Director on the Board of Directors.
Invited lectures and presentations
Ishtar Govia is a Senior 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 was a semi-finalist in Ruminate's 2018 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize for her piece "Cutlass and Scissors".
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.
Media, Presentations and Projects
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