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John Owiti, BSc (Hons) (East London), MSc (London), Dip HE (Middlesex), PhD (McGill)

Research Fellow

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I am currently a research fellow on an NIHR programme grant on chronic viral hepatitis B & C infections in ethnic immigrants: a controlled randomised cross-sectional cluster trial to assess the impact of identifying, screening, and treating immigrants with viral hepatitis ( ) (PI Prof Graham Foster).

I have a background in anthropology and forensic mental health nursing. I obtained my PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, Canada (2008). Prior to this, I gained an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of London (1998). I also gained a Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health) at Middlesex University, London (2005). For my PhD thesis, I undertook a year-long ethnographic study on the 'Local knowledge of, and responses to, HIV/AIDS among the Turkana of Lodwar Township’, in northern Kenya.

I previously worked as Senior Nurse with the Cultural Consultation Service (CCS) project (, Queen Mary, University of London, which aimed at improving outcomes and experiences of community mental health patients with mainstream mental health services through narrative-based assessment using knowledge of ethnography.

I formerly worked as Clinical Practice Lead in Forensic Mental Health Nursing at the John Howard Centre Medium Secure Unit, East London NHS Foundation Trust, worked with mental health service users with forensic history and those with dangerous and severe personality disorders.

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