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Dr. Manasi Sharma is a global mental health researcher, with expertise in child and adolescent health, psychiatric epidemiology, and implementation science. Her research focuses on mixed methods approaches to the development and evaluation of mental health interventions in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to working with UNICEF, she was based at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health for 8 years, where she completed her PhD and postdoctoral training, focusing on risk and protective factors for mental health and peacebuilding in conflict-affected and epidemic settings in Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda, and Somalia. She also has Masters degrees in clinical psychology and human rights law, and has worked across various global health projects across South Asia, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research focused on integrating mental health into primary care includes working on the mhGAP mental health guidelines with the World Health Organization, policy recommendations for Universal Health Coverage in India, and designing a stepped care RCT for increasing access to depression services in the UK.