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Holistic wellness and mental health in research careers

A conversation with Wangari Joyce Ngugi

Published onFeb 14, 2022
Holistic wellness and mental health in research careers

Wangari talks about her experience as a professional in mental health, her work at Eider Africa, and the importance of community values for holistic well-being.

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Dr. Joyce Wangari Ngugi has 16 years of experience in designing and implementing Psychology and Research programs. Her niche is empowering people with disabilities and special needs and their caregivers, particularly the Deaf. She is a founding member of Afrika Hai, where she uses Creative Art Therapies to co-produce knowledge in local communities and to restore African indigenous healing knowledge ways.
Wangari earned a global award at the American Psychological Association 2018 Convention on a study titled: Barriers to Mental Health Access for Deaf Adults in Kenya: A Review. She earned a Doctor of Psychology, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, at United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), where she was also a Doctoral Teaching and Research Assistant and the founder of the USIU-Africa Disability Policy and the Sign Language Club.

Research Articles

Ngugi, J. W., Basnight-Brown, D., & Arasa, J. N. (2021, September 18). Methodological considerations of clinical research with Deaf adults in Kenya.

Ngugi, J. W., Basnight-Brown, D., & Arasa, J. N. (2021, September 18). Correlation of psychosocial support concerns and depression in Deaf adults at Nairobi and Kajiado Counties, Kenya.

Owango, J., Munene, A., Ngugi, J., Havemann, J., Obanda, J., & Saderi, D. (2021). Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Peer Review [incl. workshop recordings]. AfricArXiv.

Find more of Wangari’s publications at

Managing Toxic Workplaces

Mentioned references

Questions to the audience

  • What (emotional) struggles are you facing in your research journey?

  • Would you like to get support for your holistic wellness and mental health in your research journey?

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