Dr Lukoye Atwoli is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Mental Health at the School of Medicine, Moi University College of Health Sciences. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) and at the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). He is the head of Mental Health Services at the Centre for Assault Recovery- Eldoret (CAR-E) (a specialized Centre for sexual and gender-based violence).

In addition, Dr Atwoli is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town's Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. He is involved in research on Trauma and Posttraumatic Syndromes, Students and Youth Mental Health, and Neuropsychiatric Genetics.

Dr Atwoli is also a social and health rights advocate and has influenced and participated in the development of numerous policies and programmes in Kenya. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the Kenya Medical Association and is the Secretary-General of the African Association of Psychiatrists. Dr Atwoli is the Treasurer of the African College of NeuroPsychopharmacology (AfCNP), and sits on the Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board as well on several advisory boards nationally and internationally.

Dr Atwoli writes a weekly column in the Sunday Nation ( through which he dissects social issues in Kenya and beyond.

Research interests in: Psychotrauma; General hospital psychiatry; HIV and Mental Health; and Student mental health.

Scholarly works may be found on Google Scholar (, Researchgate ( and Mendeley (


  • Steered Moi University School of Medicine in developing 16 postgraduate and revising four undergraduate curricula, as well as digitizing content to ease access for the learners
  • Led the shift of focus of the Moi University School of Medicine towards more graduate studies and research, in an endeavour to become a leading research medical school in Africa
  • Leading and participating in numerous mental health research efforts, including the NeuroGAP-Psychosis project, the World Mental Health Surveys Initiative, the OSCAR project, and IeDEA
Participated in the development of various national policies, including:
  • Kenya's Mental Health Policy
  • National Disaster Management Policy
  • National Policy on internal displacement
  • Policy framework for a National Values System for Kenya