Dr Angella Musiimenta

Dr Angella Musiimenta

Senior Lecturer, and Deputy Dean Faculty of Computing and Informatics

About Angella: Dr. Musiimenta is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Technology. She currently lectures Health informatics-related courses such as Healthcare Project Planning and Management, and Research Methods in Healthcare. Long Term Career Goal: To improve medication adherence using technology-assisted interventions.

Personal Statement
I have been in active research in using patient-centred technology-assisted interventions for improving the health of Ugandans for over eight years. Currently, I am implementing an ‘emerging global leader’ K43 award (K43— 1K43TW010388-01), which is a prestigious NIH supported career developing grant where I am investigating the use of wireless technologies to support Tuberculosis medication adherence. I am also managing an elearning project supported by SPIDER, whose aim is to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and health tips in schools based in Nakivale refugee camp. Additionally, I am coordinating a STEM for Girls project supported by Education Partnership Africa whose aim is to encourage girls’ participation in STEM subjects and careers. Regarding my previous engagements, my Commonwealth sponsored PhD research (pursued at the University of Manchester—UK) focused on using internet technologies to prevent HIV/AIDS among the youth in Uganda. The positive benefits of technology demonstrated by my PhD research, have been used as the basis for the government of Uganda and international agencies to focus their attention embracing technology-assisted interventions to prevent HIV transmission. Since 2013, I have been study site investigator (together with Dr. Jessica Haberer) for two NIH-funded studies (R34MH100940-01(Wisepill study), and R21 AI108329-01(EAM Ethics study) from which it has been demonstrated that that real-time adherence monitoring creates a sense of ‘being cared for’, reminds patients to take ART, and can be a importance source of social support.
I led a ‘STEM for Girls’ project (TFR14-00388) that inspired over 5000 rural school girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through girls’ career guidance, role modeling, holiday camps, and teachers’ capacity building. I coordinated a DAAD-funded project (DAAD 413) that promoted problem-based teaching and learning methods through faculty and students’ capacity building, exchange programs, and industrial placements. I led a ‘Skilling Uganda’ project funded by the Ugandan government; the project addressed youth unemployment among 200 youths through career guidance, vocational training, and apprenticeships. I have several publications in peer reviewed health informatics.

Other Research Interests: Implementing interventions to inspire rural school girls into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Education Information
2007-2011: PhD, focusing on health informatics , The University of Manchester, UK
2004-2005: MSc Information Systems, The University of Leeds, UK
1999-2003: Bachelor of Computer Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
2013: Global Health Fellow, Brown International Advanced Research Institute, University of Brown, USA.
Peer Reviewed Journals
Campbell JI, Eyal N, Musiimenta A, and Haberer JE. (2015). Ethical Questions in Electronic Medication Adherence . Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Musiimenta, A. (2013). Social and Institutional Issues in the Adoption of School-based, Computer-assisted Sexual Health Education Program. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 5 (2).
Musiimenta, A. (2012). Contextual Mediators influencing the Effectiveness of Behavioural Change Interventions: A Case of HIV/AIDS Prevention Behaviours. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 4(2).
Musiimenta, A. (2013). Social and Institutional Issues in the Adoption of School-based Technology-aided Sexual Health Education Program. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 5(2).
Musiimenta, A. (2012). A Controlled Before-After Evaluation a computer-based HIV/AIDS education on Students’ Sexual Behaviours, Knowledge and Attitudes. Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 4(1).
Musiimenta, A. (2012). Information Technology Issues in Sexual Health Education. International Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 53(3).
Book Publication

Musiimenta, A. (2012). Can Schools become Centres for HIV/AIDS Education? Valuable Insights from the Implementation and Adoption of a Computer-assisted, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Intervention. ISBN: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co.KG.Germany.

Other Publications

Musiimenta, A. (2010).Stigma and Discrimination Surrounding HIV/AIDS. UNFPA Conversation for A better World. 17th August 2010. [online]. Available at: http://www.conversationsforabetterworld.com/2010/08/stigma-and-discrimination-surrounding-hivaids/.
Musiimenta, A. (2010). Here are some ways to Reduce Maternal Health. The New Vision, July 22nd 2010. [online]. Available at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/459/726616.
Journal Review

Journal of social science and Medicine
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Funded Research Projects

1). Title: “Development of a Real-Time Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Intervention in Uganda” (Wisepill study:R34 MH100940-01).

Sponsor: NIH/NIMH,

Description: This project involves the use of computerised pill containers, SMS text messages, and social supporters to empower HIV patients adhere to their ART medication.

Role: Co-Investigator.

2). Title: “Ethics of Electronic Medication Adherence” (EAM Ethics Study: R21 AI108329-01)

Sponsor: NIH/NIAID

Description: The project explores ethical issues (trust, privacy, confidentiality, autonomy, and responsibility) involved in electronic medication adherence.

Role: Co-investigator

3). Title “Inspiring Girls into STEM” (Google Rise Project: TFR14-00388)

Sponsor: Google K-12 Education Outreach Grant, USA.

Description: This project inspires rural school girls into STEM courses and careers through career guidance and inspiration sessions, role modelling and residential summer camps.

Role: Principal Coordinator.

4). Title: Problem-based Teaching and Learning

Sponsor: DAAD

Description: This project builds the capacity of university lecturers and students in developing countries to adopt problem-based teaching and learning. We achieve this aim through coordinating capacity building sessions, staff/student exchange programs and industrial placements.

Role: Principal Coordinator.

5). Title: Computer Science for High School (CS4H project)

Sponsor: Google, USA

Description: This project builds the capacity of secondary school teachers to better prepare girls into computing courses and careers.

Role: Principal Coordinator.

Community Services: Details available at: http://www.angelscompassion.org

For more professional details: visit http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Angella-Musiimenta/info