Biography: John Arianda Owiti

John Arianda Owiti is currently a Senior Nurse and Medical Anthropologist with the Tower Hamlets Cultural Consultation Service, Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, England, United Kingdom. This innovative service aims to improve access, engagement, treatment, outcomes and experience of mainstream mental health services for service users from Black and Ethnic Minority communities residing in the multi-ethnic borough of Tower Hamlets, London. He also teaches at the MSc programmes in Psychological Therapies and Transcultural Psychiatry in the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, England, United Kingdom.

He is also Honorary Lecturer with the Department of Mental Health and Learning Disability, School of Community and Health Sciences, City University, London, United Kingdom.

He obtained his PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, Canada. Prior to this, he gained an MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London. In between he studied for a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing at Middlesex University, London. For his PhD thesis he carried out an ethnographic study on the local knowledge of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among the Turkana, Kenya.

He has previously worked with the John Howard Centre Medium Secure Unit, East London NHS Foundation Trust for the last five years in various capacities.