Dr Winifred   Asare-Doku
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Winifred Asare-Doku

BA Psychology ; MPhil Clinical Psychology ; PhD Psychiatry

Medicine & Health
National Drug&Alcohol Research

Winifred Asare-Doku is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. She holds a PhD (Psychiatry) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before her PhD studies, she practised as a Clinical Psychologist, holding an MPhil (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Ghana. She is generally registered with and endorsed as a credentialled Clinical Psychologist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). With her background in clinical psychology, her research interests focus on mental health and well-being, behavioural health, suicide, the criminal justice system, alcohol & other drugs, workplace mental health programs, and evaluation of programs and services.

Her PhD focused on mental health and workplace interventions in the mining industry in Ghana and Australia. She is currently the Project Evaluation Coordinator for the Kava Importation Pilot Program. This program aims to determine the impact of changes in the amount of kava importation into Australia and its associated social, cultural, economic and health effects. She also works on a range of projects with national and international collaborators, including assessing Ghana's mental health system and services to improve the system and service delivery. In addition, she is interested in improving access to evidence-based care through technology and the translation of research into practice. 

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Winifred A-D; Jane RL; Brian K; Amponsah-Tawiah K; Carole J, 2022, 'Mental health and workplace factors: comparison of the Ghanaian and Australian mining industry.', BMC Health Serv Res, vol. 22, pp. 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07712-0
    Journal articles | 2022
    Asare-Doku W; James C; Rich JL; Amponsah-Tawiah K; Kelly B, 2022, '“Mental health is not our core business”: A qualitative study of mental health supports in the Ghanaian mining industry', Safety Science, vol. 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105484
    Journal articles | 2021
    Quarshie ENB; Asante KO; Andoh-Arthur J; Asare-Doku W; Navelle PL, 2021, 'Suicide attempts and deaths in older persons in Ghana: A media surveillance approach', Current Psychology, vol. 40, pp. 292 - 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-9932-5
    Journal articles | 2021
    Quarshie ENB; Andoh-Arthur J; Asante KO; Asare-Doku W, 2021, 'Online media reporting of suicidal behaviour in Ghana: Analysis of adherence to the WHO guidelines', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 67, pp. 251 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020764020919787
    Journal articles | 2021
    Asare-Doku W; Rich JL; Kelly B; Amponsah-Tawiah K; James C, 2021, 'Mental health and mining: the Ghanaian gold mining story', International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, vol. 94, pp. 1353 - 1362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00420-021-01726-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    Armiya’u AY; Asare-Doku W; Donnir G, 2021, 'Personality Disorders and Correlates of Homicide Offenders: A Comparative Analysis', Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, vol. 32, pp. 933 - 948, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2021.1947349
    Journal articles | 2021
    Asare-Doku W; Donnir GM; Ae-Ngibise K; Peprah J; Awuviry-Newton K; Acquah F, 2021, 'Psychiatric disorders among the military in west africa: A systematic narrative review', Behavioral Sciences, vol. 11, pp. 138 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/bs11100138
    Journal articles | 2021
    Atorkey P; Akwei M; Asare-Doku W, 2021, 'Consumption of carbonated soft drinks among Ghanaian adolescents: associations with socio-demographic factors, health risk factors and psychological distress', Nutrition and Health, vol. 27, pp. 329 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0260106021996933
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ae-Ngibise KA; Asare-Doku W; Peprah J; Mujtaba MN; Nifasha D; Donnir GM, 2021, 'The mental health outcomes of food insecurity and insufficiency in west Africa: A systematic narrative review', Behavioral Sciences, vol. 11, pp. 146 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/bs11110146
    Journal articles | 2020
    Akotia CS; Osafo J; Asare-Doku W; Boakye KE, 2020, 'News Editors’ Views about Suicide and Suicide Stories in Ghana', Psychological Studies, vol. 65, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12646-019-00511-4
    Journal articles | 2020
    Asare-Doku W; Rich J; Kelly B; James C, 2020, 'Mental health interventions in the mining industry: a narrative review', Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 25, pp. 153 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-10-2019-0039
    Journal articles | 2019
    Quarshie ENB; Cheataa-Plange HV; Annor F; Asare-Doku W; Lartey JKS, 2019, 'Prevalence of suicidal behaviour among nursing and midwifery college students in Ghana', Nursing Open, vol. 6, pp. 897 - 906, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nop2.271
    Journal articles | 2019
    Asare-Doku W; Osafo J; Akotia CS, 2019, 'Comparing the reasons for suicide from attempt survivors and their families in Ghana', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6743-z
    Journal articles | 2017
    Asare-Doku W; Osafo J; Akotia CS, 2017, 'The experiences of attempt survivor families and how they cope after a suicide attempt in Ghana: A qualitative study', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12888-017-1336-9
  • Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Donnir G; Asare-Doku W, 2021, 'Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders and Associated Characteristics for Recidivism: A Study among Prisoners in Ghana', in Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders and Associated Characteristics for Recidivism: A Study among Prisoners in Ghana, presented at RANZCP 2021 Congress, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00048674211004750

  • 2022: "Increasing our understanding of alcohol and other drug use and harms on Norfolk Island", Department of Social Services.
  • 2020 CIB:  Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Service (WHO-AIMS) for Ghana, World Health Organization.
  • 2019: Direct Aid Program, Department of Foreign affairs and Trade.