Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza, DPsyc

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Home Country: Botswana
Field of Employment: Clinical Neuropsychologist

Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza has been working at the University of Botswana in the department of psychology as a lecturer and coordinator of the psychology clinic. In addition to her teaching role, Lingani has been conducting research in the areas of dementia, traumatic brain injury, and neuropsychological assessment.

Lingani argues that there are currently no supports and services for people with dementia in Botswana and that this contrasts with the pressing need for these supports.

To achieve our mission of reducing the scale and impact of dementia, it is imperative to develop services which are accessible and which meet the needs of individuals with dementia in all corners of the world. Frameworks to guide care and interventions for people with dementia are lacking in many under-resourced countries, including Botswana. I look to engage with people who influence policy in Botswana to advocate for the development and formulation of policy and service development for neurological care. As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI I am well positioned to establish an international network of colleagues and learn best practices. During the fellowship, I intend to begin bridging the service gap in my country by developing culturally sensitive educational resources for people with dementia as well as collecting normative data to aid in the assessment and diagnosis of dementia. During my free time I love to spend time with my family as well as travel to different parts of the world.

Bio: Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza received a Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology from Monash University in Australia. After completing her training, she joined the University of Botswana as a lecturer in the psychology department and coordinator of the psychology clinic. In addition to training psychologists for her country, she has been conducting research in topics around neuropsychology in under resourced settings.