Lukoye Atwoli (Kenya)

Lukoye Atwoli (Kenya)


Lukoye Atwoli MBChB(Moi), MMed Psych(Nairobi), PhD(Cape Town) Biography for the WPA International Congress in Cape Town, 18-­‐22 November 2016 Lukoye Atwoli is a Consultant Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Moi University School of Medicine. He is also the Dean of the Medical School, which is located in Eldoret, just over 350KM northwest of Nairobi. Dr Atwoli earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (MBChB) from Moi University in 2001, before proceeding to the University of Nairobi in 2003 to specialize in Psychiatry.

He graduated with a Master of Medicine degree in Psychiatry (MMed Psych) in 2006. In 2015, Dr Atwoli earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Psychiatry from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Additionally, he has been trained in disaster mental health at the Hyogo Institute of Traumatic Stress in Japan. Dr Atwoli has worked in various parts of Kenya in his medical career, beginning with Nakuru County as a medical officer, through Garissa as the Provincial Psychiatrist in the then North Eastern Province, before he was recruited as a Lecturer by the Moi University School of Medicine in 2008. He rose through the ranks and was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health in 2014. Over the past ten years, Professor Atwoli has published several book chapters and over 40 papers in peer-­‐reviewed journals, and presented at dozens of learned conferences.

His research currently focuses on Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (among other outcomes of trauma exposure), but he continues to nurture an interest in general hospital psychiatry, substance use, and HIV and mental health. He is part of several consortia involved in mental health research and development in Kenya and in other parts of the world, including the Orphans and Separated Children’s Assessment Related to their health and well being (OSCAR project), the South African Stress and Health Survey (SASH), and the World Mental Health Surveys Consortium. He is also a Principal Investigator in the multi-­‐ center Neuropsychiatric Genetics of African Populations (NeuroGAP) project that aims at increasing knowledge on genetic factors associated with severe mental illness among Africans. Apart from research, teaching and administrative responsibilities, Dr Atwoli also provides service as a consultant psychiatrist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital as well as in several private facilities within Eldoret Town.

He has served in several capacities in the Kenya Medical Association, and is currently serving his second and final term as the Hon. National Secretary of the Association. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Kenya Medical Association Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contribution to the medical profession and the Association over the years. Dr Atwoli is the current Treasurer of the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals, and a founding member of the Board and Treasurer of the African College of Neuropsychopharmacology (AfCNP). He also sits as a member of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board of Kenya, the regulatory authority for medical and dental practitioners in Kenya. Dr Atwoli maintains a social commentary column, ‘Barometer’, in the Sunday Nation newspaper that has a large circulation in Eastern Africa. In his spare time, he plays chess, scrabble, and golf. He also enjoys watching football, especially the Kenya Premier League, and he keenly follows the progress of the National Soccer Team, ‘Harambee Stars’. Dr Atwoli enjoys reading and writing poetry and short stories for recreation, and some of his work has featured and won awards in the StoryMoja literary community among others. He is married to Maureen Achieng’ Nyadida, and together they have four children, all male.

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