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Valentina Iemmi

Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit

PhD Candidate, Social Policy Department

London School of Economics and Political Science




Valentina Iemmi is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), specialising in global mental health policy.

She has been working in global mental health policy and practice research, based in the UK and France. She has been working with range of different partners and funders in high income settings – including the European Commission, French Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, UK Department of Health, Scottish Government, UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Shirley Foundation, Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Rethink Mental Illness, Mental Health Foundation, Challenging Behaviour Foundation – and low and middle income settings – including the World Health Organization, the UK Department for International Development, 3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Global Network for Research in Mental and Neurological Health, Mental Health Innovation Network, Basic Needs.

After training as a Clinical Psychologist (University of Paris, 2006), she completed her MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2009). She is currently working on her PhD at the LSE where she is exploring the role of international donors investing in mental health in low and middle income countries using mixed methods.


Research interests   

Global mental health and mental disabilities

Mental health policy and practice

Development finance


Multi-sectoral approach


Mixed methods research


Selected Publications

Iemmi V, Bantjes J, Coast E, Channer K, Leone T, McDaid D, Palfreyman A, Stephens B, Lund C. (2016). Suicide and poverty in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review. The Lancet Psychiatry, 3(8), 774–783.

Iemmi V, Blanchet K, Gibson L, Kumar S, Rath S, Hartley S, Murthy G, Patel V, Weber J. Kuper H. (2016). Community-based rehabilitation for people with physical and mental disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 8(3): 368–387.

Iemmi V, Knapp M, Ragan I. (2017). The Autism Dividend. Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment. London, UK: Personal Social Services Research Unit.


Further information

Academic CV



Valentina Iemmi
Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
Email: v.iemmi@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @ValentinaIemmi



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