The Team

Dr. Shannon Doherty

PhD
Primary Investigator, COMGAP-S Project, GlobalHME Research Group

Department of Medical Science and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Science
Anglia Ruskin University

Dr. Doherty is Primary Investigator of the COMGAP-S project, managing project activities in the UK and Sri Lanka. Her PhD thesis explored ethical challenges involved in conducting health research with people who have been trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation. Her key areas of research interest are global mental health, migration health, public health and human trafficking.


Ms. Gergana Manolova

Research Assistant, COMGAP-S Project
Department of Medical Science and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Science
Anglia Ruskin University

Ms. Manolova is currently a research assistant in the COMGAP-S project, responsible for supporting research activities at the UK office and the administrative management of the project. Ms. Manolova has experience with research in global mental health and working with psychological therapies. Her interests include global mental health, psychological and psychiatric anthropology, migration and psychotherapy.


Ms. Giselle Dass

Research Associate and Project Administration Officer
COMGAP-S Project

Ms. Dass is currently a research associate and project administration officer for the COMGAP-S project. She is responsible for the overall efficient day-to-day management of the project in Sri Lanka. Ms. Dass has international experience working and conducting research on issues of child and adolescent mental health services. She also has experience working with the International Organization for Migration providing counselling and rehabilitation services for migrants as well as developing community infrastructure projects within Sri Lanka focusing on conflict-affected areas of the country.


 

Mr. Fritz Jooste

Web Developer and Technology Consultant
Independent

Mr. Jooste is a freelance web developer and information designer who has worked with multiple South African and international organizations, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, SHM Foundation, Right2Know Campaign, Code for South Africa, Ndifuna Ukwazi and the SOS Coalition. His educational background is in global mental health, psychology and social anthropology. His main areas of expertise are web development, UX consulting and the interface between technology and mental health.


Ms. Madonna Solomon

Senior Research Assistant

COMGAP-S

Having completed her BSc (hons) in Psychology from Coventry University (UK), Ms. Solomon possesses five years of professional experience as a kindergarten teacher in the early childhood education sector. During that period, she was also greatly involved in assisting children with learning disabilities and bringing awareness among parents about the importance of child mental wellbeing. Although mainly passionate about child mental health, for her undergraduate thesis she focused on studying the factors affecting the psychological wellbeing of adults in Sri Lanka where she validated a wellbeing scale in order to compare the levels of mental wellbeing among the urban and rural populations in a Sri Lankan context. Making use of her background in psychology and research, she is currently working for THEME institute as a senior research assistant; contributing her knowledge and skills for the ongoing research COMGAP-S II and several other projects which is being carried out through THEME.


Anton Selvarasa Daishan Kamilash

Research Assistant
COMGAP-S

 


Umajasotha Mahenthiran

Research Assistant
COMGAP-S

 


Satkunarajah Vithushan

Office Assistant
COMGAP-S