Theddeus Iheanacho, MD (Chairman, Board of Trustees)

Dr. Iheanacho completed medical school in Nigeria and post graduate training in Dublin, Ireland and United States. He is board certified in general adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and has special interest in global and community mental health,
psychiatric education, and medication-assisted treatment for addiction disorders. He leads projects in Nigeria that integrate mental health in community settings to increase access to effective treatments for mental disorders. Dr Iheanacho is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and Director of Global Mental Health Programs at Yale.

Camillus Iheanacho B.Eng, M.Sc, MBA (Member, Board of Trustees)

Engr. Iheanacho graduated as a mechanical engineer in Nigeria and obtained multiple Master’s degrees from the Dublin City University, Ireland. He has over 15years Engineering & Management experiences in Nigeria, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
He is presently Director, Zenith Engineering and Development Services Limited,
Woking, UK. Engr. Iheanacho serves as Foundation Governor, Xavier Catholic Education
Trust Local Governing Committee for St. Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School,
Surrey, England. He is committed to using technology to improve access to care and
social services in his local communities in England and Nigeria.


Nichole Roxas, MD, MPH

Nichole Roxas is a fourth year Psychiatry Resident and aspiring physician activist devoted to promoting health equity. For her PGY-2 CASE Project, she had the privilege of participating in the Health Action for Psychiatric Problems in Nigeria including Epilepsy and Substances (HAPPINESS) Project, a sustainable global mental health initiative which increases mental health access via training primary care physicians, nurses, and community health workers in Imo State, Nigeria. Being able to be a part of this team during academic year 2019-2020 and contribute to the development of its standardized manual for adoption and scaling up was an honor made possible through the Global Mental Health Award Grant and she is so grateful for the opportunity. Key takeaways from stakeholders were to invest in building and nurturing relationships with people and building the capacity and skills of your team.

Frances Adachi, MD, MPH

Dr. Adachi graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and later completed the MD-MPH program at Drexel University. She contributed to the HAPPINESS Project during her psychiatry residency at Yale. She has recently graduated from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado. She plans to train in child and adult psychoanalysis, and currently works in private practice and in a school-based mental health program for un- and underinsured American and refugee youth in Denver, CO.

Daniel DeFrancisco, MD

Dr. DeFrancisco graduated with a BA in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University and obtained his MD at Drexel University. He contributed to the HAPPINESS Project during this psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where he was also a participant in the Global Mental Health Residency Track. Afterward, he completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Colorado, and is currently working in an outpatient detox clinic at the VA in Denver, CO.

Yvonne Uyanwune, MD, MPH

Yvonne Uyanwune is a psychiatry resident at Yale School of Medicine. She contributed to the HAPPINESS Project during her PGY2 research elective. Her role primarily involved gathering demographic and contact information of HAPPINESS-trained clinicians, creating a listserv and working collaboratively with web-designing company to create a geospatial user-and-mobile-friendly website that allows potential clients to find nearest clinicians based on their local-government area in Nigeria. Her interests include global mental health, psychotherapy, spirituality and mental health promotion. Her goals align towards providing culturally sensitive, equity-driven and evidence based mental health care both locally and internationally.

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