Associate Professor of healthcare, Business School

Head of Mental Health Centre at Iliauni

Nino Makhashvili has a medical degree from Tbilisi State Medical Institute, a diploma in Psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry, Tbilisi and PhD degree in Public Health from Ilia State University, Tbilisi Georgia. She has worked as a psychiatrist in in-patient and outpatient clinics. Since mid-90’s he has been involved in the field of social psychiatry and psycho-trauma work with refugees and IDPs, prisoners, victims of interpersonal violence, torture survivors, etc. Nowadays she, serving as a director of Foundation “Global Initiative on Psychiatry – Tbilisi”, works on structural changes of mental health field in countries of Caucasus and Central Asia, also Ukraine, Sri-Lanka, etc; GIP-T team is promoting rights-informed policies and evidence-based mental health.

Nino has clinical, academic and service development expertise in the fields of community mental health care and post-emergency psychosocial response areas.

As an associate professor and a head of Mental Health Resource Center at Ilia State University Nino  is involved in academic teaching and research activities. She is one of founders and a lecturer at Master’s Program on Mental Health since 2012. She joined the PhD program at the Business School in 2017 with the new course on community-based participatory research.

Nino has published a variety of book chapters and scientific articles. She served as the editorial board member of “European Journal on Psychotraumatology” (2010-2016)
Was on the board of European Socioaty of Traumatic Stress (2009-2013);

Is a board members of International Sociaty of Health and Human Rights (ISHHR)

Nino is often utilized as Mental Health expert by World Health Orghanization (WHO) and Council of Europe/Pompidou Group.

She leads Georgian Society of Supervision and Couching and is ex-president of Georgian Society of Psychotrauma (GSP).

Scientific interests / research interests

Research interests include: the mental healh policy, startegy and programs; epidemiology of mental disorders; evidence-based and human rights-informed service development; healthcare systems; quality assurance in health services; evaluation of innovative programs; also specific  topics as deinstitutionalization, community-based services and human rights practices in closed institutions, post-emergency psychosocial care, structural reforms in prison mental health and forensic psychiatry, juvenile justice.

Featured publications

Saxon, N. Makhashvili, I. Chikovani, M. Seguin, M. McKee, V. Patel, J. Bisson and B. Roberts Coping strategies and mental health outcomes of conflict-affected persons in the Republic of Georgia. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Available on CJO 2016 doi:10.1017/S2045796016000019

Ivdity Chikovani, Nino Makhashvili, George Gotsadze, Vikram Patel, Martin McKee, Maia Uchaneishvili, Natia Rukhadze, Bayard Roberts (2015) Health service utilization among conflict-affected population in Georgia. PLOS ONE. 10(4):e0122673. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122673

Nino Makhashvili, Ivdity Chikovani, Martin McKee, Jonathan Bisson, Vikram Patel, Bayard Roberts (2014). Mental Disorders and their Association with Disability among Internally Displaced Persons and Returnees in Georgia. Journal of Traumatic Stress27, Issue 5, pp 509–518. Article first published online: 16 OCT 2014 DOI: 10.1002/jts.21949

Zavradashvili N, Makhasvhili N, Eliashvili M, Zurlo K, Chkonia E. (2014) Assessing the need for a protected living environment among severely mentally ill adults in the republic of Georgia. Georgian Med News. Feb;(227):48-51.

Makhashvili N, van Voren R (2013) Balancing Community and Hospital Care: A Case Study of Reforming Mental Health Services in Georgia. PLoS Med 10(1): e1001366. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001366.

Makhashvili, N., Tsiskarishvili, L. & Drozdek, B. (2010). Door to the unknown: on large-scale public mental health interventions in post-conflict zones – experiences from Georgia in Traumatology: Culture and Trauma: Conceptual and Practical Considerations. Volume 16 Issue 4, December 2010. Edited by Mattar, S., Drožđek, B.& Figley, C. Sage Publications. New York. doi: 1177/1534765610388302.

Books (chapters; editing; authoring and co-authoring)

Makhashvili, N. & Tsiskarishvili, L. (2007). Lost in the Desert – from Despair to Meaningful Existence. in Drozdek, B. & Wilson, J.P. (ed.) Voices of Trauma: Treating Survivors across Cultures; Springer Publishers, New York.

Sarjveladze N., Beberashvili Z.,, Javakhishvili J., Makhashvili, N. & Sarjveladze, N.  (2014). Trauma and Psychological Support. Tbilisi (originally published in 2000;  re-published in 2008 and 2009). GIP-T/Tbilisi.

Makhashvili, N. (Ed.) (2010). Basics of Psychotraumatology. GCRT -Tbilisi (Georgian language).

Makhashvili, N. (Ed.)  (2005). Exploring Torture. GCRT-Tbilisi (Georgian, Russian and English languages)

A Way to Rights – a Handbook in Human Rights for the Secondary Schools /2002/ – Tbilisi (Georgian; also translated into Russian and Azerbaijan by NRC)

Sarjveladze N., Beberashvili Z.,, Javakhishvili J., Makhashvili, N. & Sarjveladze, N. (2001). Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons. A Handbook Based on the Experience of Georgian NGOs. TUTU Publ., Istanbul, Turkey – In English, Russian & Azerbaijanian

An extensive list of publications

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Courses Semester
Community-based participatory research 2018/Spring semester?
Evidence-based Mental Health: Research in Mental Health 2018, Spring semester
Prevention of Deliquency in Adolescents 2018, Spring semester
Prison Mental Health 2016 Autumn Semester
Contemporary Mental Health; Community-based Mental Health Autumn Semester, since 2012
Introduction of Psychotraumatology Spring Semester, since 2013
Management of Mass trauma after Catastrophes Spring Semester, since 2013
Treatment and Management of consequecnes of psychotrauma Autumn Semester, since 2013
Case Management 2012
Healthcare Project Management 2012

Over the years, Nino has been nominated and serve as a member of the Consultative Council on Mental Health to the Parliament of Georgia, the Mental Health Policy Advisory Board at Ministry of Health and Social Affairs; she is also a member of advisory board to NPM (at Public Defender Office, Georgia).