Dr Abel Fekadu Dadi

Outstanding Future Researcher

Qualifications:

PhD (Epidemiology); MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics); B.Sc. (Environmental health officer)

Location:

Darwin - Casuarina campus

Biography:

Abel Dadi is a public health and social epidemiologist and biostatistician who has vast public health and research experience. He has worked as an expert (officer) and led public health departments in different districts in Ethiopia for more than five years. After completing his master’s degree at the University of Gondar in 2013, Abel joined the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as a lecturer, promoted to the rank of assistant professor and led the department for more than two years. During his stay in the department, he led and actively participated in the development of teaching materials and curriculums (both masters and PhD). Abel has also supervised several graduate and postgraduate students from different public health backgrounds.

Abel’s previous experience and current research interest covers the area of maternal and child health, chronic and infectious diseases, and mental health. His recent PhD research investigated the epidemiology of maternal depression and its effect on birth and infant health outcomes. Methodologically, Abel is a mixed-method researcher, he is experienced in using the basic and advanced statistical approaches, designing epidemiological studies, and systematic reviews and meta-analysis. He has currently started a new position at Menzies, Centre for Child Development and Education and is working on predictive modelling of early childhood development in the NT.

Research Themes
  • Maternal mental health and its adverse birth and childhood developmental outcomes
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Application of research methods and statistical tools for public health problems
  • Predicting early childhood developmental outcomes in children under five in the NT.
  1. Argentina Star | War in Ethiopia: addressing mental health needs to be made a priority

    Argentina Star | War in Ethiopia: addressing mental health needs to be made a priority

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    The effects of war on the mental wellbeing of people is given much less attention than the physical harms of conflict.

  2. The Conversation | War in Ethiopia: addressing mental health needs to be made a priority

    The Conversation | War in Ethiopia: addressing mental health needs to be made a priority

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    The effects of war on the mental wellbeing of people is given much less attention than the physical harms of conflict.

  3. The Conversation | Mental health for pregnant women and new mothers: why extra care is needed

    The Conversation | Mental health for pregnant women and new mothers: why extra care is needed

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    The experience of pregnancy and childbirth has been conventionally described as a happy and joyful period of time. On the other hand, the childbearing age for females is a risky time to develop depression. This is due to a range of hormonal and other changes women go through during pregnancy and childbirth.

  4. HealthTimes | Maternal depression rising in developing nations

    HealthTimes | Maternal depression rising in developing nations

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    Women living in low and medium-income nations experience many health-related issues during pregnancy and in childbirth. Still, little attention is given to antenatal depression, which a PLOS ONE study reveals is on the rise in developing countries.

  5. Pulse Nigeria | Study finds maternal depression on the rise in poor countries

    Pulse Nigeria | Study finds maternal depression on the rise in poor countries

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    “Depression during pregnancy is often believed to be an issue of developed countries,” says biostatistician Abel Fekadu Dadi, who led the systematic review and analysis of antenatal depression levels in low and middle-income countries.

  1. Dadi AF, Miller ER, Woodman RJ, Azale T, Mwanri L (2020) Effect of antenatal depression on adverse birth outcomes in Gondar town, Ethiopia: A community-based cohort study. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0234728. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234728
  2. Dadi AF., Miller, ER. & Mwanri, L. Postnatal depression and its association with adverse infant health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20, 416 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-03092
  3. Dadi AF, Mwanri L, Woodman RJ, Azale T, Miller ER. Causal mechanisms of postnatal depression among women in Gondar town, Ethiopia: application of a stress-process model with generalized structural equation modeling. Reproductive Health. 2020 Dec; 17:1-5.
  4. Dadi AF, Miller ER, Woodman R, Bisetegn TA, Mwanri L. Antenatal depression and its potential causal mechanisms among pregnant mothers in Gondar town: application of structural equation model. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2020 Dec;20(1):1-5.
  5. Dadi AF, Miller ER, Mwanri L. Antenatal depression and its association with adverse birth outcomes in low and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PloS one. 2020 Jan 10;15(1): e0227323.
  6. Dadi AF, Miller ER, Bisetegn TA, Mwanri L. Global burden of antenatal depression and its association with adverse birth outcomes: an umbrella review. BMC Public Health. 2020 Dec 1;20(1):173.
  7. Dadi AF, Wolde HF, Baraki AG, Akalu TY. Epidemiology of antenatal depression in Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2020 Dec; 20:1-3.
  8. Dadi AF, Akalu TY, Baraki AG, Wolde HF. Epidemiology of postnatal depression and its associated factors in Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS one. 2020 Apr 28;15(4): e0231940.
  9. Baraki AG, Akalu TY, Wolde HF, Takele WW, Mamo WN, Derseh B, Desyibelew HD, Dadi AF. Time to recovery from severe acute malnutrition and its predictors: a multicenter retrospective follow-up study in Amhara region, north-west Ethiopia. BMJ open. 2020 Feb 1;10(2).
  10. Akalu TY, Baraki AG, Wolde HF, Desyibelew HD, Derseh BT, Dadi AF, et al. Anemia and Determinants among Severely Malnourished Children Admitted to Amhara Regional Referral Hospitals, Northwest Ethiopia. Open J Nutr Food Sci. 2020; 2(1): 1007.