Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Nana joined the GFMER team in March 2013 as an intern. She originally comes from Ghana, and completed her BA degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in November 2012. Prior to her university education in Canada, Nana lived in the UK, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Thailand and Australia where she was born.
At university she took upper-level courses in gender studies, childhood development, health psychology, clinical psychology, and computer modelling, amongst others. Of the work she did in university, she found two assignments particularly interesting. The first involved the preparation of a paper on the flaws of research methodology used to assess certain illnesses in populations of marginalized women. In the second assignment, she wrote a simple computer program that modelled the impact of risk factors on the likelihood of relapse in patients with substance addiction. Whilst working on this project, she became interested in the wide range of uses of technology for studying and improving health outcomes. She finds the fact that psychological knowledge can be integrated into all levels of approaches aimed at improving health outcomes fascinating.
Outside of the classroom, Nana has studied music and dance. She is an avid reader, and amongst various other things, enjoys travelling, cooking/baking, photography, music and the arts in general. Over the years, she has enjoyed spending time as a volunteer, the most recent being teaching first grade children creative writing (and learning from them as well!).
At GFMER, Nana is primarily working on the mHealth4SRH course, where she is assisting in its day-to-day running. Upon completion of the mHealth course, she will be joining the Early Childhood Development team, as well as assisting with other aspects of the Foundation’s work.
- mHealth for Sexual and Reproductive Health - Heli Bathija
- Early Childhood Development (ECD) - Meena Cabral de Mello