Dr Dickens Akena is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University-Kampala. He trained as a Medical Doctor (MBChB) from Makerere University, Uganda 1998-2003. He later did his Master of Medicine in Psychiatry (M.Med Psych) at Makerere University-Kampala 2005-2008. His research focus is on clinical features of depression in HIV positive persons. He published these findings in the African Journal of Psychiatry, a peer reviewed journal. Dr Dickens Akena is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his area of research is developing and validating screening instruments for depression.