Margaret Nampijja


Research Scientist


Dr Margaret Nampijja is a developmental psychologist with a medical background, focusing on early child development (ECD) research. She is particularly interested in the impact of childhood infections and adverse social environment on cognitive function, and interventions for improving outcomes.

Based in the Maternal and Child Wellbeing (MCW) Unit since February 2019, she is engaged in several ECD projects including assessing the feasibility of providing day-care centers at work places and its impact on women’s economic empowerment and child growth and development.

Having qualified as a medical doctor at Makerere University, Margaret worked with the Medical Research Council- Uganda Virus Research Institute where she advanced her academic qualifications obtaining a master’s degree and PhD in developmental psychology at Lancaster University, UK.

She won a Wellcome Trust funded postdoctoral fellowship with the Makerere University-UVRI Infection & Immunity (MUII) Program with which she investigated childhood infections and cognition further. Additionally, Margaret has also received funding from Saving Brains, through which she is assessing the feasibility and impact of early detection and intervention for infants with neuro-developmental impairment. She is currently undertaking the African Research Excellence Fellowship (AREF) to further strengthen her capacity as a research leader. She has led and co-authored several peer reviewed publications from her own research and collaborative studies.

Making significant scientific and public health contributions towards optimizing children’s growth and development is what drives Margaret’s strong passion for ECD research.

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