LSE Fellow, Department of Health Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr Valentina Iemmi is LSE Fellow in the Department of Health Policy. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of global health policy and practice, with a specialism in mental health and disability. She previously worked at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (LSE), International Centre for Evidence in Disability (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health (King’s College London), and French National Institute of Health and Medical Research Unit 669 (Paris Descartes University). She has a PhD in Social Policy and has advised and/or consulted for various national and international organisations, including World Health Organization, European Commission, UK Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), Global Innovation Fund, United for Global Mental Health.
Valentina’s research focuses on global mental health and disability from a policy and financing perspective. Much of her research has explored mental health policy and practice in high- and low- and middle-income countries, adopting multi-sectoral and life-course approaches. Her current research examines sustainable financing for global mental health, looking at the role of external funding in mental health in low- and middle-income countries. As a social scientist with training in clinical psychology and health policy, her research draws on diverse disciplines and fields (including health policy, health economics, public policy, international development, psychology) and multiple methods (quantitative, qualitative, evidence synthesis). Valentina speaks Italian, English and French at professional level and Spanish at intermediate level.
General: Global health; health policy & practice; health financing; health economics
Specific: Mental health and disabilities
Iemmi V (2021). Motivation and methods of external organisations investing in mental health in low- and middle-income countries: a qualitative study. The Lancet Psychiatry.
Iemmi V (2020).Philanthropy for global mental health 2000-2015. Global Mental Health, 7(e9): 1–6.
Iemmi V, Votruba N, Thornicroft G (2020) Evidence-Based Mental Health Policy. In Das-Munshi J et al. (eds.) Practical Psychiatric Epidemiology (2nd edition). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Iemmi V (2019). Sustainable development for global mental health: a typology and systematic evidence mapping of external actors in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Global Health, 4, e001826.
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.
Research and Policy Tool
Iemmi V (2021). Sustainable development for global mental health: why and how external organisations invest in low- and middle-income countries. Policy tool.
Iemmi V (2019). Sustainable development for global mental health: a typology and systematic evidence mapping of external actors in low-income and middle-income countries. Research and policy tool.