Primrose Nyamayaro, MRes

Research Psychologist

We need to ensure the interventions and evidence-based practices are also accessible to low-income countries.

Current Work

Primrose is a research psychologist supported by the African Mental Health research Initiative (AMARI) at the University of Zimbabwe for a PhD in Neuropsychology and HIV.

Personal Hero

My parents for their support

Words of Strength

Networking and collaborations


To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, Primrose believes we need to ensure the interventions and evidence-based practices are also accessible to low-income countries. It is important that these are culturally appropriate and acceptable in the different societies


Primrose validated the NeuroScreen, a smartphone-based screening tool that was translated and adapted. It can be used to screen for neurocognitive disorders especially in people living with HIV. Those identified can then be referred for appropriate further management.


As an Atlantic Fellow, Primrose aims to focus on interventions for dementia that are culturally acceptable for use in her home country, Zimbabwe, and also to establish how technology can be utilized to carry out these interventions.


There is a huge treatment gap for elderly adults with dementia in Primrose's home country, Zimbabwe. An extensive HIV/AIDS burden is prevalent; therefore, HIV is a common comorbidity with dementia. However, focus on this has not been prioritized.

Education & Experience

Primrose received her undergraduate psychology training from the International Medical University Malaysia and her Masters in Research in Clinical Psychology degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Research in Clinical Psychology
International Medical University Malaysia
BSc (Hons)

Awards & Honors

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) in partnership with Wellcome Trust and The United Kingdoms’ Department for International Development (DFID)
Mental health for people living with HIV
Lead on a community and public engagement grant
National Institutes of Health
Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) metrics of cognitive and affective function
Co-investigator on grant


Near FM

Voyage Around My Brain: Wambui Karanja, Primrose Nyamayaro and Funmi Akindejoye

How is Brain Health Managed in Africa?

December 7, 2020