Patrick Onyango Mangen, MSc

Chief Executive Officer, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative

Patrick has been working over the past 25 years to promote mental health and psychosocial support in low resource settings, in East and Southern Africa. His interest in community systems for mental health service delivery stems from the need to bring services closer to families and the realization that drivers of poor mental health are often community driven and can be effectively managed at the family level.


Professional Expertise


International development


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Disaster relief/response, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Economic development/livelihood, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Primary health care, Resilience

Methodological Areas

Efficacy/effectiveness trials, Grant and proposal writing, Intervention development and testing, Program evaluation, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Intervention scale-up, Partnership development, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Family interventions, Interpersonal therapy, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Multilateral organizations