dr. Laura Shields - Zeeman

Senior Healthcare Implementation Specialist
Department Trimbos International
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Laura  Shields - Zeeman


Laura is a Senior Healthcare Implementation Specialist at Trimbos Institute where she both leads and contributes to a number of mental health service development and research projects in Europe and South Asia. She has published on a range of public health topics including mental health and human rights, maternal health, and the development and implementation of community-based health and social care interventions in low-resource settings. She holds a Masters’ in Public Health (cum laude) and a Ph.D. in public health from VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. 

Working on... 

  • Co-Principal Investigator on the Suicide Prevention & Implementation Research Initiative (SPIRIT) in India and Bangladesh (funder: U.S National Institute of Mental Health) (2017-2022).

  • Co-Principal investigator: LaRge-scalE implementation of COmmunity based mental health care for people with seVere and Enduring mental ill health in EuRopE (RECOVER-E) (funder: Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, European Commission) (2018-2021).

  • Collaborator and Technical Advisor for Atmiyata Gujarat: Promoting wellbeing, reducing distress and improving access to mental health care through self-help groups and farmer’s clubs in rural Gujarat: Transition to scale project (funder: Grand Challenges Canada and Mariwala Health Initiative) (2016-2019).

  • International Project Manager and Technical Advisor for the Reform of Mental Health Services in Moldova (MENSANA) Phase 1 (funder: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) (2014-2018) and Technical Advisor on Phase 2 of MENSANA (2018-2022).

  • PhD project supervision (implementation research, health services research)

Shields-Zeeman, L., Pathare, S., Hipple Walters, B., Kapadia-Kundu, N., & Kaustubh Joag. (2017). Promoting wellbeing and improving access to mental health care through community champions in rural India: the Atmiyata intervention approach. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 11(6). doi:10.1186/s13033-016-0113-3