Herbert received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Elbert. His dissertation focused on traumatic events, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, aggression, and cognitive functions among Congolese refugees in Uganda. He has also focused his research on cognitive domains of working memory and executive functions as well as appetitive and facilitative subtypes of aggression.
Herbert is a core member of the ANH-Academy Mental Health Working Group
Although it is clear in literature, that gardening and consumption of fruits and vegetables (FV) prevent mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in both adults and children, this intervention is less well recognized by mental health practitioners, researchers and policy makers from low- and middle-income countries. Building on our recent cross-sectional study of 232 family caregivers of people with dementia that showed symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress when assessed using Depression Anxiety Stress Scales. This proposed study will in addition assess caregiver’s consumption of FV using dietary survey questionnaire and involvement gardening as our explanatory variables of interest answered by information regarding caregivers’ involvement in different aspects of gardening.The study will focus on (i) determining the relationship between the consumption of FV and mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress among family caregivers of people living with dementia in rural southwestern Uganda (ii) comparing caregiver’s involvement in gardening and their levels of stress, anxiety and depression in rural southwestern Uganda. Results from this study will inform nutritional and gardening focused metrics for mental health prevention and treatment by developing a cost- effective mental health prevention and treatment model. Furthermore, the psycho-metric measures assessed on the tools measuring diet and gardening metrics during this study, will act as a basis for future use within the comparable samples in Africa.
Participation in gardening activity and its association with improved mental health among family caregivers of people with dementia in rural Uganda
Fruit and vegetable intake and mental health among family caregivers of people with dementia in Uganda
Mental health benefits of participating in gardening, consumption of fruits and vegetables among family caregivers of people with dementia in rural Southwestern Uganda