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We are committed to developing and disseminating accessible wellbeing interventions for young people. We are also committed to making publicly and freely available data, tools, and information in the spirit of open science and open access.

Data and data-related apps

  • Shamiri Data API

    This API allows access to over three years of data. The API provides extensive documentation about the different datasets and how to use them. In the case of any further query as to the nature of the dataset, please email Tom ( or Katherine (

    Access Shamiri Data API here

Wellbeing Apps & Interventions

  • Shamiri Digital Wellbeing App

    Brief, computerized single-session interventions (SSIs) that contain empirically supported stigma-reducing elements may help expand access to mental healthcare. We've developed and tested such an app that teaches growth mindset, gratitude, and value affirmations.

    Access Shamiri-Digital App here

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Where is the global in global mental health? A call for inclusive multicultural collaboration
    General Psychiatry

    Common mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety, account for 45% of the global disease burden on youths aged 15–29. This challenge is particularly significant in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) where risk factors such as poverty, limited treatment options and stigma restrict access to care and exacerbate the burden and magnify the impact of mental disorders. Given these barriers, there is an urgent need for research dedicated to expanding mental healthcare for young people in LMICs.

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  • Single-session digital intervention for adolescent depression, anxiety, and well-being: Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial with Kenyan adolescents.
    Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

    This paper reports the encouraging findings of our digital single-session intervention targeting adolescent depression and anxiety. High school students (N=103, age 13–18) were randomized to a digital SSI Shamiri-Digital (Shamiri means “thrive” in Kiswahili)or a study-skills control intervention. Compared to the control, Shamiri-Digital produced a greater reduction in adolescent depressive symptoms in both the full sample (p .028, d 0.50) and a subsample of youths with moderate to severe depression symptoms (p .010, d 0.83) from baseline to2-week follow-up. The effects exceed the mean effects reported in meta-analyses of full-length, face-to-face psychotherapy for youth depression.

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  • Group intervention for adolescent anxiety and depression: Outcomes of a randomized trial with adolescents in Kenya
    Behavior Therapy

    This paper reports the encouraging findings from our pilot trial of the group-based intervention with 51 high-symptom youths in an urban slum in Kenya. Compared to the control, our intervention produced greater reductions in adolescent depression symptoms (p=.038;d=.32) and anxiety symptoms (p=.039; d=.54) from baseline to 4-week follow-up, and greater improvements in academic performance (p=.034; d=.32) from the school term before versus after the intervention. There were no effects on overall social support or perceived control, but the Shamiri group showed larger increases in perceived social support from friends (p=.028, d=.71).

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  • Depression and anxiety symptoms, social support, and demographic factors among Kenyan high school students
    Journal of Child and Family Studies

    Here we report findings on the general prevalence of mental health problems in a community sample. Our findings suggest that Kenyan youths showed high levels of depression symptoms (45.90% above clinical cutoff) and anxiety symptoms (37.99% above clinical cutoff). Older adolescents reported higher depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as lower social support than younger adolescents.Females reported more anxiety than males, and members of minority tribes reported more anxiety than members of majority tribes.

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Working Papers

  • The Shamiri Group Intervention for Adolescent Anxiety and Depression: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Lay ProviderDelivered, School-Based Intervention in Kenya

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