Dean, Moi University School of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Moi University

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 Moi University School of Medicine, and holds visiting positions at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Duke University’s Institute of Global Health.

Prof Atwoli is also an external examiner in psychiatry at the University of Nairobi and Egerton University in Kenya, Makerere University in Uganda, and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania.

He 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, Atwoli earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Psychiatry from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, with his thesis focusing on the epidemiology of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder in South Africa.

Additionally, he has been trained in disaster mental health at the Hyogo Institute of Traumatic Stress in Japan, and had a Fogarty Research Fellowship at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in the US.

Over the past ten years, he has published several book chapters and dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at dozens of learned conferences. His research currently focuses on Trauma (including childhood 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 (funded by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, Massachusetts) 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 Secretary General of the African Association of Psychiatrists (AAP), 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 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.

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    Dean, Moi University School of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Moi University School of Medicine, Moi University