Dr. Joana Salifu Yendork
University of Ghana, Ghana

Team Leader

Joana Salifu Yendork, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology and Introduction to General Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research interests include child development; the psychological well-being of vulnerable children; and positive psychology in the Ghanaian context with an emphasis on religion, forgiveness and hope. Her most recent research project focused on psychological functioning and experience of orphans placed in orphanages. Currently, Dr Yendork is working on two main projects titled: “Is contemporary Christianity hindering or fostering mental health: A qualitative study of selected Charismatic churches in Ghana”, and” Forgiveness and its correlates in Ghanaian orphans placed in orphanages”. She has several publications in refereed journals which can be viewed at:



Elizabeth Anokyewaa Sarfo
University of Ghana, Ghana

Team Member

Elizabeth Anokyewaa Sarfo is an MPhil. in Psychology (Clinical option) graduate from the University of Ghana. She is currently a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana where she tutors the following courses: Abnormal psychology, Clinical psychology, Developmental psychology and Psychology for National Development. Her research interests include the exploration of African cultural values and customs and their impact on personality. Ms. Sarfo is also interested in studying the psychological impact of religion on the individual. Her last research project focused on the exploration the concept of personality in the Akan culture. Ms. Sarfo is currently the Co-principal investigator a project, titled: “Is contemporary Christianity hindering or fostering mental health: A qualitative study of selected Charismatic churches in Ghana.”


Lily Kpobi
University of Ghana, Ghana

Team Member

Lily Kpobi is an assistant lecturer and clinical psychologist at the University of Ghana’s School of Medicine & Dentistry where she has worked with various groups of women and children in understanding mental health and well-being. She has two Master’s degrees, the second of which focused on evaluating existing structures and systems in mental healthcare. She is currently studying for her PhD where she is exploring traditional and complementary healing systems in mental healthcare in Ghana. Her other research areas have included tracing and understanding the history of mental healthcare in Ghana and the unique roles played by religious and spiritual factors in Ghana. She has research and clinical experience in both interviewing and qualitative analyses, and is actively involved in work in her church which focuses on teaching the understanding of Christianity in modern Ghana.

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01 June, 2017

Dissemination Conference

Nagel Research Book Project: ‘The Nation That Fears God Prospers’: A Zambian Pentecostal Theology of Nations

Northmead Assembly of God, Resource Centre

Saturday, May, 27 2017, Lusaka, Zambia

By: Dr Chammah J. Kaunda


On Saturday, 27 May 2017, we held the dissemination conference in Lusaka, Zambia. The

"The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda" - Nsibidi Institute, 12 June 2017 (online)
28 June, 2017

By: Asonzeh Ukah

Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African