Ishtar Govia

Ishtar Govia is a faculty member in the Epidemiology Research Unit at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) (formerly Tropical Medicine Research Institute), Mona Campus, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica. She is the Principal Investigator / Project Director of the Caribbean Migrations: Jamaica Return(ed) Migrants Study. Her research interests include the migration and health, social determinants of health/ health inequities, evidence-based treatments for common mental disorders and dementia, particularly simple interventions that use non-medical workers, strong community support, and personalized and coordinated care. She is especially interested in projects that integrate mental health and/or dementia problems in the care of other chronic non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean and other resource-constrained contexts. Central to her work is the cultivation of partnerships and capacity building for research and interventions in the Caribbean.