Andrei Esanu, PhD

Dr. Andrei Esanu is an expert in Mental Health, Assistant Professor, and Director of NGO Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. He is a mental health expert specializing in stigma, depression, and suicide prevention. He serves as an Assistant Professor and is responsible for leading research projects at the Department of Mental Health, Medical Psychology, and Psychotherapy. Dr. Esanu oversees the Department of Early Career Psychiatrists and International Relations at the Society of Psychiatrists, Narcologists, and Clinical Psychologists from Moldova. As a National Consultant on MHPSS at WHO Moldova and an Expert in Mental Health for the Mensana project, he plays a pivotal role in the national reform of Moldova’s mental health system. His consultancy with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Moldova underlines his commitment to human rights. Additionally, Dr. Esanu leads the Eastern Europe Branch of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace and the NGO Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in Moldova. Educational Background: PhD in Mental Health at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy Nicolae Testemitanu from Moldova and Master degree in Health Education and Public Health from the University of Porto, Portugal.


Professional Expertise


Health policy and management, Health promotion/education, Human rights/international law, Public health, Psychiatry, Social work, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Disaster relief/response, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Non-communicable diseases, Resilience, Stress and coping

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Efficacy/effectiveness trials, Implementation science, mHealth/eHealth, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Health promotion, Partnership development, Supervision and coaching, Sustainability

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Campaigns/information, education, and communication, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Family interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Problem solving therapy, Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Faith-based organizations, For-profit organizations/corporations, Government agencies, International NGOs, Multilateral organizations, Professional associations, Schools and universities