IMS Team
Who we are

A collaboration

The IMS team is a partnership between IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support and Trinity Centre for Global Health, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Kelly McBride
Technical Consultant
 
 

MHPSS Technical Advisor, Kelly McBride, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor. Kelly has lead the development, implementation and global roll out of the Integrated Model for Supervision. She continues to engage on the Supervision: The Missing Link project as a consultant.

Kelly has a clinical background in providing direct mental health and psychosocial support to those who have been impacted by adversity and humanitarian crisis, as well as training and supervision of those providing services across a variety of humanitarian emergency contexts.

Email: kelly@supervision-mhpss.org

Pia Tingsted Blum
Project Director
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Head of Operations, Mrs. Pia Tingsted Blum, B.Sc.Eng., Master Coach and the self-invented title ‘Mental Engineer’. Pia has vast experience in managing people, projects, programs and partnerships. She has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and Danish Refugee Council.

Pia has lead numerous donor-funded projects related to MHPSS capacity building, research and development of tools and guidelines. She has proudly been leading the IMS project from it’s early start in 2019. Furthermore, Pia heads a comprehensive European MHPSS response (including supervision) for displaced people coming from Ukraine funded by EU.

Nick Ockenden
Project Manager
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Nick is the PS Centre’s project manager for the IMS project. He joined the Centre in January 2023 and has extensive experience of managing large-scale, multi-partner and multi-country projects for a wide variety of donors. Before joining the PS Centre, Nick worked for ActionAid Denmark where he managed a number of EU-funded humanitarian projects involving volunteers. He also has a background in research, evaluation and M&E, having worked for a variety of NGOs in the UK and with multiple clients globally, as well as having comprehensive experience of team leadership, staff supervision, and project and budget management.

Andreas Heyd
Strategy and Project Coordinator
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Andreas has coordinated multiple global projects and strategic initiatives of the IFRC over the past years. Within the IMS project, Andreas is responsible for planning and coordinating key processes and managing the project’s global advocacy and public relations activities.

Andreas has a long-standing career in European politics, where he was in charge of managing high-profile projects and stakeholders, while leading interdisciplinary teams and serving as chief analyst and principal advisor to high-level decision-makers in various sectors at national and supranational level.

Dr. Nadeen Abujaber
Researcher
Trinity College Dublin
 

Dr. Nadeen Abujaber is a postdoctoral research fellow on the Missing Link Project and is part of the research team based out of Trinity Centre for Global Health. Nadeen is also a paediatrician, with a specialization in Paediatric Hospital Medicine.

Nadeen received a BSc in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University, a Msc in Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, a MD at University of Florida College of Medicine and completed pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her career interests include medical education, quality improvement and global health.

Dr. Frédérique Vallières
Researcher
Trinity College Dublin
 

Dr. Frédérique Vallières, BSc, MSc, PhD is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Psychology and the Director of the Trinity Centre for Global Health, where she also directs the PhD in Global Health (INDIGO). Dr. Vallières’ current research focuses on the application of Psychology to Global Health, with a focus on Global Mental Health, Mental Health System Strengthening, and Human Resources for Health.

Concerned with closing the research-to-practice gap prevalent within Global Health, Dr. Vallières prioritises working in close collaboration with civil society organisations and through multidisciplinary consortiums comprising European, sub-Saharan African, Asian, and Middle Eastern partners.

Shona Whitton
Technical Advisor
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Shona Whitton is a Technical Advisor in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at the IFRC Psychosocial Centre with a focus on MHPSS in emergencies. Shona supports the IMS Project in this function and is, among other things, responsible for conducting target group-oriented trainings.

Prior to joining the IFRC, Shona worked in emergency operations with Australian Red Cross for over 10 years. Most recently as National Lead for Recovery and Psychosocial Support responsible for the coordination and development of Australian Red Cross’ field disaster recovery operations and emergency MHPSS programs. Shona is a Churchill Fellow and holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), a Masters in Community Development (Emergency Management), a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy & Analysis, and an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance.

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Cátia Matos
Technical Advisor
IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support

Cátia Matos has a clinical background providing direct and psychosocial support to humanitarian staff both local and in field missions, as well as training and individual and team supervisions. At the PS Centre, she is a Technical Advisor in the Integrated Model of Supervision project, as well as the focal point for the Americas Regions.

Before working in the PS Centre, Catia worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Regional Staff Counsellor, in Portugal and Sudan, for over 15 years. Catia has a Clinical Psychology Degree in Cognitive-Behavioural and Systemic Approaches, an Executive Master in Applied Positive Psychology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Human Rights.

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Chad Zemp
Research Assistant
Trinity College Dublin
 

Chad Zemp, MSc, is a Research Assistant at the Trinity Centre for Global Health. Having completed his MSc in Global Mental Health with Trinity College Dublin, Chad joined the IMS team in October 2023. His work is driven by a commitment to make a meaningful impact on the mental health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Specifically, Chad is interested in strengthening mental health systems in humanitarian contexts, using participatory and ethically grounded methodologies to better understand sustainability challenges amidst high levels of resource scarcity. Fluent in Spanish, before joining the IMS team, Chad taught English for 3 years in Ecuador.

Support

We are grateful to our advisory group, comprised of leading global experts on MHPSS in emergency settings, who actively guided all stages of the development of the IMS and who continue to provide invaluable feedback and reflection on the IMS.

The IMS Team is also indebted to pilot organisations who contributed in the development of the IMS. Thank you to International Medical Corps, Jordan, Ukrainian Red Cross, Save the Children Afghanistan, and UNICEF Nigeria.