Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins

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Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins



Ama de-Graft Aikins is Professor of Social Psychology and Dean of International Programmes at the University of Ghana (UG). She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Cambridge. Her research and publications focus on experiences and representations of chronic physical and mental illnesses, Africa's chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) burden and the social psychology of knowledge in African settings. She has led, and participated in, interdisciplinary NCD research projects with colleagues from UG, University of Amsterdam, New York University (NYU), LSE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and Monash University, Malaysia. She has consulted on NCD and public health projects for institutions including the Ghana Health Service, WHO and InterAcademy Partnership.

Ama de-Graft Aikins has supervised graduate theses in Social Psychology, Social Policy, Public Health and Population Studies at UG, LSE, LSHTM, NYU and the University of Sussex. She has contributed to the development of training models for early career researchers in the social sciences and humanities in Africa through her association with the British Academy (BA), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the African Studies Association, UK (ASAUK) and the LSE African Initiative. She is a senior visiting fellow at the LSE and University College London, and a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.