The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health


Dr Rochelle Burgess

Rochelle Burgess is a Lecturer in Global Health at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. For the past 10 years she has worked global health issues with an emphasis on community participation and qualitative methodologies. She is interested in the promotion of community approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to studying the interface between health concerns and broader development issues such as poverty, power, systems of governance, and community mobilisation (civil society).  For more than a decade she has researched community mental health care systems and their capacity to respond to the needs of marginalised groups, including HIV/AIDS affected women living in poverty in South Africa (since 2007), and Black and Minority Ethnic groups in South West London (since 2013). She is  currently co-PI of a study exploring the post-conflict mental health needs of internally displaced communities in Colombia with an emphasis on female ex-combatants and the afro-Caribbean community. She is also developing new projects on the mental health consequences of child marriage in the SADC region, alongside colleagues from the African Union.


Mannell, J., Seyed-Raeisy, I., Burgess, R., & Campbell, C. (2018). The implications of community responses to intimate partner violence in Rwanda. PloS one, 13 (5), e0196584. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0196584

Sah, L. K., Burgess, R. A., & Sah, R. K. (2018). ‘Medicine doesn’t cure my worries’: Understanding the drivers of mental distress in older Nepalese women living in the UK. Global Public Health, 1-15. doi:10.1080/17441692.2018.1473888

Burgess, R., & Campbell, C. (2016). Creating social policy to support women's agency in coercive settings: A case study from Uganda. GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH, 11 (1-2), 48-64. doi:10.1080/17441692.2015.1005654

Burgess, R. A. (2016). Policy, power, stigma and silence: Exploring the complexities of a primary mental health care model in a rural South African setting. Transcultural Psychiatry, 53 (6), 719-742. doi:10.1177/1363461516679056

Burgess, R. A. (2015). Supporting mental health in South African HIV-affected communities: primary health care professionals' understandings and responses. HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING, 30 (7), 917-927. doi:10.1093/heapol/czu092

Burgess, R. A. (2014). 'It Depends on Them' - Exploring Order and Disjuncture in Responding to the Local Needs of AIDS Affected Communities in the Kingdom of Swaziland. JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, 50 (4), 467-480. doi:10.1080/00220388.2013.858123

Burgess, R., & Campbell, C. (2014). Contextualising women's mental distress and coping strategies in the time of AIDS: A rural South African case study. TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY, 51 (6), 875-903. doi:10.1177/1363461514526925

Burgess, R. (2013). Habitus of the Hood. JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY & APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 23 (5), 449-450. doi:10.1002/casp.2129

Campbell, C., & Burgess, R. (2012). The role of communities in advancing the goals of the Movement for Global Mental Health. TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY, 49 (3-4), 379-395. doi:10.1177/1363461512454643

Burgess, R.A. (2017). Chapter 22: Can primary healthcare interventions be used to mobilise collective action to tackle poverty? In:  Niven, K., Lewis, S., & Kagan, C. (Eds). Making a difference with psychology. London, UK: Richard Benjamin Trust.

Burgess R.A. & Matthais, K. ( 2017) Community mental health competencies: A new vision for global mental health. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives.  Palgrave-Macmillan

Burgess R.A. (2016) Chapter 5: Dangerous Discourses? Silencing women in global mental health practice. In: Gideon, J (Ed). Gender and Health handbook.  Edward Elgar press, London.

Burgess, R (2012). Supporting global mental health: Critical community psychology as a potential panacea (Chp.7) In: Walker, C., Johnson, L., and Cunningham L. (eds). Community psychology and the economics of mental health: Global Perspectives. Palgrave-McMillan. London.