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project team


An interdisciplinary and international team conducting research in constant exchange and collaboration across the five country groups Germany, Romania, Netherlands, China and South Africa.

Team South Africa


Asithandile Nozewu

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr. Asithandile Nozewu has a background in African Languages, but holds a PhD in General Linguistics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The focus of her PhD research was on linguistic repertoires, language ideologies and language practices of three isiXhosa (one of the 12 official languages in South Africa) families in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently a Postdoctoral research fellow at Stellenbosch University.


Rowan Madzamba

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr Rowan Madzamba holds a Phd in Public Health and is a Research fellow in the Psychology department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Dr. Rowan has participated, written and published research focusing on Public health, Demography and population studies. He is an advocate of migrant health and human rights. Dr Rowan Madzamba is also the former vice president of the Population Association of Southern Africa and has worked as a Lecturer, Research assistant and a Post graduate assistant, and teaching assistant at the University of KwaZulu Natal.


Warona Mateane

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Department of Psychology

Warona is a dedicated and curious Research Psychology Intern in the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University. She is finalizing her Masters mini thesis that is focused on food insecurity and mental health. Her participation in this study aligns with her interdisciplinary approach to research, which aims to offer solution-based interventions to holistic health and wellbeing.


Christine Anthonissen

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Department of General Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Christine Anthonissen, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University; freelance translator and editor. Her research focuses on Discourse Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistic aspects of Bilingualism and Multilingualism. This includes attention to language planning and policy, as well as language practices in diverse multilingual communities such as are typical in African countries and urban spaces with large mobile communities. Related to this project, she has published on multilingual communication in health care in state clinics in southern Africa.

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Leslie Swartz

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Department of Psychology

Leslie Swartz is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  He holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Cape Town and a PhD in English from Stellenbosch University.  He is editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Science and of the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.  He is an internationally rated scientist and publishes widely on issues of mental health, disability, access and social justice, with an emphasis on African issues.

Team China


Andrian Liem

Monash University Malaysia
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Andrian Liem is a Research Fellow at the public health cluster, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He earned his PhD from the School of Psychology, the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include clinical and health psychology, cultural psychology, social justice and health equity, and global mental health.


Brian Hall

New York University Shanghai, China

Brian J. Hall is a Professor of Global Public Health and the Founding Director of the Center for Global Health Equity at NYU Shanghai. He also holds appointments as an Associated Full Professor at the School of Global Public Health, New York University, and an Associate Faculty Member in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prof. Hall’s research agenda addresses diverse population health inequalities (mental health, behavioral addiction, and sexual health) among migrants and minoritized or at-risk communities. He led the first large-scale mixed-methods study of transnational Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers. He is currently trialing culturally adapted and scalable digital mental health interventions.

Team Netherlands


Houda Al-Kalaf

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Houda Al-Kalaf is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University. Her research areas include intercultural communication, linguistics, diversity and inclusion in relation to refugees and migrants. She is a member of Utrecht University's Intercultural Communication research group.


Barbara Schouten

University of Amsterdam
Department of Communication Sciences

Barbara Schouten works as an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, dept. of Communication Science. Her research focuses on mitigating cultural and language-related barriers in healthcare by means of innovative communication strategies.

Christopher Jenks

Utrecht University, Netherlands

A discourse analyst and intercultural communication scholar. He is a professor and chair of intercultural communication at Utrecht University. His work experiences span countries like the US, UK, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Denmark. He has authored 10 books, with 2 more due in 2024. His extensive publication history covers diverse subjects in international journals, from family mediation to computer-mediated communication.


Ted Sanders

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Department of Languages, Literature and Communication

Ted Sanders is a full professor of Discourse studies at the Dept of Languages, literature and communication of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

In his research, which is embedded in the program of the Institute for Language Sciences (ILS), he focuses on coherence in text, discourse, and cognition. He uses various research methods, at the interface of linguistics and social sciences. He has a keen interest in comprehensibility in language and communication.

Team Romania

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Alina Forray

Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Department of Public Health

Alina-Ioana Forray, MD, PhD(c) has a diverse public health background which includes a focus on healthcare workforce development, health innovation, public health nutrition, mental health, women's health, and migrants' health. Throughout her activities at various higher education institutions and healthcare settings in Romania, Alina has gained valuable experience in research, management, and educational activities related to public health and the unique national healthcare challenges.

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Ovidiu Oltean

Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Department of Political Science

Ovidiu Oltean, Ph.D., works as a teaching assistant in the Political Science department at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. He has a Ph.D. thesis focusing on migration's impact on multiethnic communities in Romania, and his research activity extends to research projects exploring structural discrimination and migration and the impact of migration on development and social change.

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Mirabela-Ioana Istrate

Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Department of Public Health

Mirabela-Ioana Istrate is a Ph.D. student within the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Political Sciences, Public Administration and Communication at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, works as a Human Resources Administrator at the Human Resources Department of the University and represents the Romanian Project Project Manager of the MiM2M project. Her research focuses on the second victim phenomenon, adverse events – causes, effects, coping strategies, and human resources in healthcare.


Răzvan Cherecheș

Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Department of Public Health

Răzvan Cherecheș, MD, Ph.D, is a University Professor of Public Health within the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Political Sciences, Public Administration and Communication, and the Romanian Scientific Project Manager of the MiM2M project. He is the director of the Center for Health Innovation HIVE and the speakers' coach at TEDxCluj. 

Team Germany


Annika Kreienbrinck

University Medical Center Hamburg
Department of Medical Psychology

Annika Kreienbrinck is an epidemiologist (M.Sc.), PhD candidate and research associate at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany with a background in emergency medicine and health sciences. Her research focuses on global (mental) health, especially in relation to equitable access to health services. Her PhD project investigates multilingualism in the provision of quality mental health care, with a focus on technological tools.

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Saskia Hanft-Robert
(Project coordinator)

University Medical Center Hamburg
Department of Medical Psychology

Saskia is a psychologist (M.Sc.), psychotherapist in training, research associate and PhD candidate at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany. Her research focuses on global mental health issues; diversity and equity in (mental) healthcare and healthcare education; language diversity and interpreting in (mental) health care settings. She also works as a lecturer for medical and psychology students.

Kristin Bührig 

University Hamburg
Institute for German Language & Literature


Mike Mösko (PI)

University Medical Center Hamburg
Department of Medical Psychology

Mike Mösko is a psychotherapist and professor for clinical psychology at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and Head of the Research Group on Migration and Psychosocial Health at the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. His research fields of interest are cultural competence in health care, multilingualism in healthcare and integration of qualified interpreters into health care. He is also founder of the interdisciplinary European research network on “multilingualism in healthcare”.

project partners


International Advisory Board

Charlene Sunkel
CEO, The Global Mental Health Peer Network

(South Africa)

Dr. Lily Kpobi
Clinical Psychologist, University of Ghana (Ghana)

Prof. Yvan Leanza
Cross-Cultural Psychology, Laval University (Canada)

Prof. Jan ten Thije
Intercultural Communication,

Utrecht University


Regional Stakeholder Board

South Africa

Prof. Bonginkosi Chiliza

President of the Society of Psychiatrist of South Africa

Prof. Garth Stevens

President of the Psychological Society of South Africa

People's Health Movement South Africa

African Centre for Migration & Society


Gabriel Leu

Communication Officer,


Toma Burean

Romanian Center for Comparative Migration Studies

Ana Ludusan

League for Defence of Human Rights

League for Defence of Human Rights, Cluj Branch


Agnes Iok Fong Lam

Director, Centre for Macau Studies

Yosa Wariyanti

Indonesian Migrant Workers Union


Ali Lahdidioui

Chair, Dutch Association Moroccan Physicians

Paula Schiettekatte

Refugee Foundation, Division Rotterdam

Mehmet Uygun

Chair, Dutch Foundation Healthcare Migrants


Aicha El-Saleh

President, Freie Deutsch-Syrische Gesellschaft e.V.

Murat Kaplan

President, Turkish Community Hamburg

Ricarda Müller

Chamber of Psychotherapists Hamburg

Sylviana Gerlich

President, Africa Migrant Organisation, INIC Hassan Ied

Freie Deutsch-Syrische Gesellschaft e.V.

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