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About Our Project Leaders

Frances Adachi, MD, MPH

Dr. Adachi received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2016 with a MD and a MPH. She is currently a PGY-3 psychiatry resident at Yale University School of Medicine and plans to subspecialize in child and adolescent psychiatry. Following training she plans to work in public and global mental health. In addition to the HAPPINESS Project, Frances is also involved in a study on intimate partner violence among Nigerian-born nurses working in the United States.

Chinyere Aguocha, MBBS, FMCPsych

Dr. Aguocha received her medical training at the University of Nigeria. She is a psychiatrist with special interest in women mental health, addiction disorders and global mental health. She is a lecturer at the Department of Medicine Imo State University, Owerri Imo state Nigeria and an Honorary Consultant psychiatrist at Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State.

Daniel DeFrancisco, MD

Dr. DeFrancisco received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from the Drexel University College of Medicine in 2015 and is currently a PGY-3 psychiatry resident at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where he is a participant in the Global Mental Health Residency Track. Following residency, he plans to pursue a fellowship in addiction psychiatry. In addition to this project, Daniel is involved in ongoing research on the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on users.

Charles Dike, MD, MPH, FRCPsych

Dr. Dike completed medical school in Nigeria, postgraduate training in psychiatry in England and Chicago (USA), and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine (YSM). He also completed a Master of Public Health degree in Chicago. Dr. Dike is board certified in general adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of England, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Dike is Medical Director, Office of the Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Associate Program Director, Law and Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

Theddeus Iheanacho, MD

Dr. Iheanacho is the Medical Director of Errera Community Care Center at VACT Healthcare System. He 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 led projects in Enugu, Nigeria that integrated mental health screening in churches and is currently working with the clergy in the churches to implement cognitive behavior therapy for postpartum depression in community churches.

Emeka Nwefoh, MBBS, FWACP

Dr. Nwefoh is a Medical Doctor and Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, faculty of Psychiatry with special interest in Public Mental Health. He currently advises CBM partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and other West African countries on Community Mental Health. He works with health professionals in resource poor countries to supports the process of mental health integration into general health care through training, retraining, supportive supervision and mentoring of non-mental health professionals. In all he ensures that health is maintained and persons with mental illness and psychosocial disabilities received the highest quality of care. Dr Nwefoh also supported Nigerian, Cameroonian and Sierra Leonean governments to develop mental health policies and implementation plans to strengthen access to community-based care and protect persons with psychosocial disability from human rights abuse.

Katie Wang, PhD

Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Yale University and completed postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research broadly focuses on the role of stigma as a psychosocial determinant of health disparities across various marginalized populations, with a specific emphasis on people with mental illnesses. In addition to the HAPPINESS project, Katie is involved in ongoing research that examines psychosocial mechanisms, such as emotion dysregulation, that mediate the impact of mental illness stigma on the well-being of psychiatric populations.