Henry Onyeaka

I am a new PGY-1 excited to be part of the MGH/McLean Psychiatry residency program. I was born and raised in Nigeria and graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. I then spent some years working as a primary care physician in both urban and remote areas in Ghana before coming to the United States to complete an MPH degree in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard School of Public Health.

During my graduate studies, I became broadly interested in understanding how technology can be utilized to improve mental health care. My Masters project focused on understanding the evolving preferences for using health information technologies in people with common mental disorders. I also worked with a team of clinicians at the Harvard Medical School to update and translate a smartphone app for mentally ill populations. Subsequently, I joined the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program (CPRP) at MGH as a Research fellow. My work involved directing research subject screening and data collection for several prospective clinical trials evaluating the role of positive psychology in patients with medical conditions including acute coronary syndrome, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart failure.

As a PSTP resident, I plan to combine my research experience and my clinical training to conduct research focusing on severe mental illness. Specifically, I intend to study how digital biomarkers can help inform the development of early intervention and relapse prevention strategies in patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Additionally, I have strong interest in global mental health and I hope to use novel digital interventions to address early the mortality that disproportionately impacts individuals living with serious mental illnesses globally, and to reduce the global treatment gap for mental disorders.



Education

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA: MPH, 2019

School of Medical Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana: MBCHB, 2013