Dr. Wilson Winstons Muhwezi is the Director of Research. He is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health in the School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. During his teaching career, Winstons has mentored students at Makerere University in the former faculties of Social Sciences and Medicine since 1993. Winstons was also a Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uganda Christian University from 1999 to 2004. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration (BA.SWSA) Degree from Makerere University in 1992. In 1996, Winstons was awarded a Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund Scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Bergen, Norway where he graduated with an M.Phil (Public Health and Health Promotion) in 1998. In 2003, Winstons was awarded the SIDA-SAREC Scholarship to undertake a jointly awarded PhD by Karolinska Medical University (Karolinska Institutet), Stockholm and Makerere University, Kampala. He completed his doctoral studies in 2007 and was awarded a PhD in the same year. In 2011, Winstons was awarded a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship by SIDA-SAREC which he accomplished in 2013.
Winstons has had several trainings in research notably; philosophy of science, qualitative methods in health systems research, quantitative research methods, measurements in mental health, statistical methods and computer applications, information competence and management, scientific writing, healthcare research ethics, good clinical practices and ethical conduct, and many others. He has been a senior researcher and principal investigator on research projects funded by USAID, the World Bank, European Commission as well as Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation. He has a wealth of over 20 years of experience in design and implementation of baseline/needs assessment/situation analyses; environmental impact analyses, monitoring and evaluation studies; psychosocial studies, reproductive health and mental health. The uniqueness of his experience arises from his involvement with all matters that straddle social sciences and health sciences. He is comfortable to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Winstons has authored over 20 scholarly articles and got them published in international peer reviewed journals, policy papers/briefs on topical issues and many consultancy reports.
Kinyanda, E., Weiss, H. A., Mungherera, M., Onyango-Mangen, P., Ngabirano, E., Kajungu, R., Kagugube, J., K, Muhwezi, W. W, Muron, J., Patel, V. (2016). Intimate Partner Violence as seen in Post-Conflict Eastern Uganda: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Mental health Outcomes. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 16:5 DOI 10.1186/s12914-016-0079-x.
Muhwezi, W. W., Ruhweza-Katahoire, A., Banura, C., Mugoda, H., Kwesiga, D., Bastien, S., Klepp, K. (2015). Perceptions and Experiences of Adolescents, Parents and School Administrators Regarding Adolescent-Parent Communication on Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues in Urban and Rural Uganda. BMC Reproductive Healt. 12:110. DOI: 10.1186/s12978-015-0099-3.
Bainomugisha, A., Muyomba-Tamale, L., Muhwezi, W., W., Cunningham, K., Ssemakula, E., G., Bogere, G., Rhoads, R. and Mbabazi, J. Local Government Councils Scorecard Assessment 2014/2015: Unlocking Potentials And Amplifying Voices, Kampala, ACODE Policy Research Series No. 70, 2015.
Turiho, A. K., Okello, E. S., Muhwezi, W. W., Nakasujja, N., & Katahoire, A. R. (2015). Psychological Resections of Adolescent Schoolgirls to Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Western Uganda: A Comparative Cross-Sectional study. Health Psychology Open: July – December 2015: 1 – 10.
Turiho, A. K., Muhwezi, W. W., Okello, E. S., Tumwesigye, N. M., Banura, C., & Katahoire, A. R. (September 2015). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination and Adolescent Girl’s Knowledge and Sexuality in Western Uganda. PloS ONE 10(9): e0137094. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137094.
Bainomugisha, A., Muyomba-Tamale, L., Muhwezi, W.W., Cunningham, K., Ssemakula, E. G., Bogere, G., Rhoads, R., Local Government Councils Score-Card Assessment Report 2013/14: A combination of Gains, rebversals and Reforms, Kampala, ACODE Policy Research Series No.64, 2014.
Okello, E. S., Abbo, C., Muhwezi, W. W, Akello, G., Ovuga, E. (December 2014). Mental Health Literacy among Secondary School Students in North and Central Uganda: A Qualitative Study. World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review, Vol. 9. Issue 3. 70-80.
Turiho, A. K., Okello, E. S. Muhwezi, W. W, Harvey, S., Byakika-Kibwika, P., Meya, D., & Katahoire, A (September 2014). Effect of School-based Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination on Adolescent Girl’s Knowledge and Acceptability of the HPV Vaccine in Ibanda District in Uganda. African Journal of Reproductive Health, Vol. 18. Issue 4. 45-53.
Muhwezi, W. W, Banura, C., Turiho, A. K. & Mirembe, F. (September 2014). Parents’ Knowledge, Risk Perception and Willingness to Allow Young Males to Receive Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines in Uganda. PLOS ONE, Vol. 9. Issue 9. e106686.
Naamara, W. & Muhwezi W. W. (2014). Factors Associated With Alcohol Dependence among Adult Male Clients in Butabika Hospital, Uganda. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14:322–326.
Muhwezi, W., W., Kinyanda, E., Mungherera, M., Onyango, P., Ngabirano, E., Muron, J., Kagugube, J., and Kajungu, R., Coping amidst Life Adversity in Post-Conflict Societies: Qualitative Revelations from Communities in Eastern Uganda. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment, 2014 (3) 2.
Prevalence and Risk Factors of Attempted Suicide in Adult War-Affected Population of Eastern Uganda Publisher: Crisis - The Journal of Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 2013, 34 (5) 312-323.
E. Kinyanda, H.A. Weiss, M. Mungherera, P. Onyango-Mangen, E. Ngabirano, R. Kajungu, J. Kagugube, W. Muhwezi, J. Murong and V. Patel, Psychiatric Disorders and Psychosocial Correlates of High HIV Risk Sexual Behaviour in War-Affected Eastern Uganda. AIDS Care, 2012, 24 (11) 1323-1332
Larry W. Chang, Andrew Mwanika, Dan Kaye, Wilson W. Muhwezi, Rose C. Nabirye, Scovia Mbalinda, Isaac Okullo, Caitlin E. Kennedy, Sara Groves, Stephen D. Sisson, Gilbert Burnham and Robert C. Bollinger, Information and communication technology and community-based health sciences training in Uganda: perceptions and experiences of educators and students. Informatics for Health and Social Care 2012, (1) 1-11.
Catherine Abbo, Solvig Ekblad, Paul Waako, Elialilia Okello, Wilson Muhwezi and Seggane Musisi, Psychological distress and associated factors among the attendees of traditional healing practices in Jinja and Iganga districts, Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2012, 6: 13.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, Eugene Kinyanda, Margaret Mungherera, Patrick Onyango, Emmanuel Ngabirano, Julius Muron, Johnson Kagugube and Rehema Kajungu, Vulnerability to High Risk Sexual Behavior (HRSB) Following Exposure to War Trauma as Seen in a Post-Conflict Community in one Ugandan District. Conflict and Health, 2011, 5:22.
S Bastien, LJ Kajula and WW Muhwezi, A review of studies of parent-child communication about Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Reproductive Health, 2011 8. 25.
Dan K Kaye, Wilson W Muhwezi, Ann N Kasozi, Steven Kijjambu, Scovia N Mbalinda, Isaac Okullo, Rose C Nabirye, Hussein Oria, Lynn Atuyambe, Sarah Groves, Gilbert Burnham and Andrew Mwanika, Lessons learnt from comprehensive evaluation of community-based education in Uganda: a proposal for an ideal model community-based education for health professional training institutions. BMC: Medical Education, 2011, 11:7 (1 March 2011).
Scovia N Mbalinda, Colin M Plover, Gilbert Burnham, Dan Kaye, Andrew Mwanika, Hussein Oria, Isaac Okullo, Wilson Muhwezi and Sara Groves, Assessing community perspectives of the community-based education and service model at Makerere University, Uganda. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011, 11(Suppl 1):S6.
Andrew Mwanika, Isaac Okullo, Dan K Kaye, Wilson Muhwezi, Lynn Atuyambe, Rose C Nabirye, Sara Groves, Scovia Mbalinda, Gilbert Burnham, Larry W Chang, Hussein Oria and Nelson Sewankambo, Perception and valuations of community-based education and service by alumni at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011, 11(Suppl 1):S5.
Dan Kaye, Andrew Mwanika, Gilbert Burnham, Larry W Chang, Scovia N Mbalinda, Isaac Okullo, Rose C Nabirye, Wilson Muhwezi, Hussein Oria, Stephen Kijjambu, Lynn Atuyambe and Warren Aryeija, The organization and implementation of community-based education programs for health worker training institutions in Uganda. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011, 11(Suppl 1):S4.
Larry W. Chang, Dan Kaye, Wilson W. Muhwezi, Rose C. Nabirye, Scovia Mbalinda, Isaac Okullo, Sara Groves, Caitlin E. Kennedy, Robert C. Bollinger, Stephen Sisson, Gilbert Burnham & Andrew Mwanika (2011) Perceptions and valuation of a communitybased education and service (COBES) program in Uganda, Medical Teacher, 33:1, e9-e15, DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.530317.
Janet Nakigudde, Eija Airaksinen, Seggane Musisi, Wilson Muhwezi, Stella Neema, Florence Mirembe, An exploration of Perceptions regarding postpartum psychotic illness in two districts in Central Uganda. The World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review (WCPRR) December 2010: 57-69.
Muhwezi WW, Okello ES, Turiho AK, A gender-based profiling of Quality of Life (QOL) of primary health care (PHC) Attendees in Central Uganda: A Cross Sectional Analysis. African Health Sciences. 10(4): 374 – 385.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi , Denis Muhangi , Firminus Mugumya, An exploration of intra-household differences in health seeking behaviour for orphans and non-orphans in an NGO-supported and non-supported sub-county of Luwero District, Uganda. African Health Sciences. 9(2): 109 – 117.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, Hans Ågren, Stella Neema, Albert Koma Maganda and Seggane Musisi, Life Events associated With Major Depression in Ugandan Primary Health Care (PHC) Patients: Issues of Cultural Specificity. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 54(2), 145-164.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, Elialilia Sarikiaeli Okello, Stella Neema and Seggane Musisi, Caregivers’ Experiences with Major Depression Concealed By Physical Illness in Their Patients That Were Recruited From Central Ugandan Primary Health Care Centres. Qualitative Health Research, 18(8), 1096-1114.
Muhwezi, W., W., Bainomugisha, A., Ratemo, F., and Wainnier, G., Crafting an Oil-Revenue Sharing Mechanism for Uganda: A Comparative Analysis, Kampala, ACODE Policy Research Series No. 30, 2009.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, Hans Ågren, Stella Neema, Seggane Musisi and Albert Koma Maganda, Life Events and Depression in the Context of the Changing African Family: The Case of Uganda. World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review (WCPRR) Jan 2007: 10-26.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi , Hans Ågren, Seggane Musisi, Detection of major depression in Ugandan primary health care settings using simple questions from a subjective well-being (SWB) subscale. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2007, 42(1), 61-69.
Keizire, B., B. and Muhwezi, W. W., The Paradox of Poverty amidst Plenty in the Fish Product Chain: The Case of Lake George, Kampala, ACODE Policy Research Series, No. 22, 2006.
Keizire, B., B., Natuhera, C., Kaiso, F., and Muhwezi, W. W., Examining the Nexus between Nature, Wealth and Power in the Lake George Fishery: The Case of Major Actors in the Fish Product Chain, Kampala, ACODE Policy Briefing Paper Series, No. 15, 2006.
Wilson Winstons Muhwezi, David Lackland Sam, Adaptation of Urban Refugees in Uganda: a study of their socio-cultural and psychological well being in Kampala city. Journal of Psychology in Africa 2004, 14(1): 37-46.
Tumushabe, G.W., Bainomugisha, A. and Muhwezi, W. W., Towards Strategic Engagement: Government NGO Relations and the Quest for NGO Law Reform in Uganda, Kampala, ACODE Policy Research Series, No. 1, 2000.