Dr. Darius Gishoma is a Senior Lecturer at the Mental Health Department, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda. He is holding a PhD in clinical Psychology obtained from Catholic University of Louvain/ Belgium. For the last ten years, he has been involved in training of mental health professionals in Rwanda at different levels: Mental Health Nurses, Psychologists, General Practioners, Counselors and nonprofessional volunteers. In addition to being a lecturer at University, he maintains a clinical practice for individuals affected by genocide-related consequences and other Mental Health issues in Rwanda. Darius Gishoma has research interests in treatment development and evaluation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Substance Abuse, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health and Community-based interventions. He is a member of the Rwanda National Ethics Committee.
“Is peace and trust possible in Rwanda? At the beginning it was very difficult, but today it is possible. Post-conflict and post-genocide society should be very creative – to create spaces for societal healing and also to create the opportunity for people to connect with each other again.”