Researcher Biography

Berihun is a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Rosa Alati and Dr. Abdullah Mamun. He has been awarded International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake his current doctoral research. His doctoral thesis focused on hypertensive disorders during pregnancy and offspring mental and behavioral outcomes. Prior to his PhD studies, Berihun worked as an assistant professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Public Health, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, where he was involved in a variety of collaborative research projects. He also worked as an adjunct staff at the Ohio state University, College of Nursing, USA from 2013-2016.

PhD topic

Hypertensive disorders during pregnancy and offspring mental and behavioral outcomes


  • Professor Rosa Alati (Principal)
  • Dr. Abdullah Mamun (Associate)

Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health


  1. Beyen TK, Dadi AF, Dachew BA, Muluneh NY, Bisetegn TA: More than eight in every nineteen inmates were living with depression at prisons of Northwest Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia, a cross sectional study design. BMC psychiatry 2017, 17(1):31.

  2. Welay GM, Alene KA, Dachew BA: Visceral leishmaniasis treatment outcome and its determinants in northwest Ethiopia. Epidemiology and health 2016, 39:e2017001.

  3. Gezahegn E, Edris M, Dachew BA. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Undernutrition among Adults with Major Depressive Disorder in Northwest Ethiopia. Psychiatry Journal. 2016; 2016:7034582. doi:10.1155/2016/7034582.

  4. Dadi AF, Dachew BA , Kisi T,  Yigzaw N, Azale T, Anxiety and Associated Factors among Prisoners in North West of Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia BMC Psychiatry 2016; 16(1):1

  5. Birhabu AM, Alemu FM, Ashenafie TD, Balcah SA, Dachew BA: Depression in diabetic patients attending University of Gondar Hospital Diabetic Clinic, Northwest Ethiopia. Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity: targets and therapy 2016, 9:155-162

  6. Bifftu BB, Dachew BA,  Tiruneh BT, Beshah DT. Medication administration error reporting and associated factors among nurses working at the University of Gondar referral hospital, Northwest Ethiopia, BMC Nurs. 2016; 15: 43

  7. Anlay DM,  Alemayehu ZA, Dachew BA : Rate of Antiretroviral Therapy Regimen Change And It’s Predictor among Adult HIV Patient at University of Gondar Referral Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia: AIDS Research and Therapy 2016; 13:10

  8. Limenih MA, Endale ZM, Dachew BA. Postnatal Care Service Utilization and Associated Factors among Women Who Gave Birth in the Last 12 Months prior to the Study in Debre Markos Town, Northwestern Ethiopia: A Community-Based Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Reprod Med. 2016; 2016: 7095352. doi: 10.1155/2016/7095352

  9. Dachew BA,  Birhanu AM, Bifftu BB, Tiruneh BT, Anlay DZ, Engda EH. High proportion of intention to leave and associated factors among academic staffs of the University of Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia. International Journal of Innovations in Medical Education and Research, 2016, 2 (1)

  10. Tiruneh BT, Tumebo AA; Bifftu BB; Kelkay MM; Anlay ZA: Prevalence of Workplace Violence in Northwest Ethiopia: A multivariate Analysis. BMC Nursing 2016, 15:42

  11. Engeda EHDachew BA, Kassa Woreta H, Mekonnen Kelkay M and Ashenafie TD: Health Seeking Behavior and Associated Factors among Pulmonary Tuberculosis Suspects in Lay Armacho District, Northwest Ethiopia: a community -based study, Tuberculosis Research and treatment, 2016

  12. Bifftu BB, Dachew BA, Tiruneh BT, Kelkay MM, Bayu NH: Perceived Clinical Competence among Undergraduate Nursing Students in the University of Gondar and Bahir Dar University, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Institution Based Study, Advances in Nursing, 2016. 

  13. Dachew BA, Fekadu A, Kisi T, Yigzaw N, Bisetegn TA: Psychological distress and associated factors among prisoners in North West Ethiopia: Cross-sectional study Intentional Journal of mental health system 2015, 9:39

  14. Bifftu BB, Dachew BA, Tiruneh BB , Tebeje NB: Depression among people with epilepsy in Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional institution based study. BMC Research Notes 2015; 8:585

  15. Dachew BA, Bifftu BB, Tiruneh BT. Khat use and its determinants among university students in northwest Ethiopia: a multivariable analysis. Int J Med Sci Public Health 2015; 4. doi:10.5455/ ijmsph.2015.1809201460

  16. Desta EA, Gebrie MH, Dachew BA: Nurse uniform wearing practices and associated factors among nurses working in Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional institution based study. BMC Nursing 2015, 14:65

  17. Bashah DT, Dachew BA,  Tiruneh BT. Prevalence of injury and associated factors among patients visiting the Emergency Departments of Amhara Regional State Referral Hospitals, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study. BMC Emergency Medicine 2015, 15:20

  18. Dachew BA, Azale Bisetegn T, Berhe Gebremariam R: Prevalence of Mental distress and Associated Factors among Undergraduate Students of University of Gondar, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross- Sectional Institutional Based Study. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(3): e0119464.

  19. Tiruneh BT,  Dachew BA,  Bifftu BB , Mengistu Mekonnen Kelkay, Kasaw Adane and Diane L. Gorgas: High Incidence of Interpersonal Violence in Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross Sectional Institution Based Study. International Emergency Nursing, 2015:23(3):213-217

  20. Tiruneh BT, Dachew BA, Bifftu BB. Alcohol use related injury in North West Ethiopia. African Journal of Drug and Alcohol study, 2015, 14 (1)

  21. Bifftu BB, Dachew BA, Tiruneh BT: Perceived Stigma and Associated Factors among People with Epilepsy at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Institution Based Study. Afri Health Sci. 2015; 15 (4):1211-9.

  22. Dachew BA, Tesfahunegn TB, Birhanu AM. Adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy and associated factors among children at the University of Gondar Hospital and Gondar Poly Clinic, Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional institutional based study. BMC Public Health 2014;14(1):875

  23. Tesfahunegn TB, Dachew BA. Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Associated Factors among Prisoners in Gondar town, Northwest Ethiopia: Institution based cross-sectional study. Int J Biol Med Res, 2014:5(1):3874-3878

  24. Tesfahunegn TB, Dachew BA, Birhan N. Reproductive health behaviour of street youth and associated factors in Gondar city, Northwest Ethiopia. Int J Med Biomed Res 2014; 3(1):28-37

  25. Dachew BA,  Bifftu BB. Breastfeeding practice and associated factors among female nurses and midwives at North Gondar Zone, Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional institution based study. International Breastfeeding Journal 2014; 9:11.

  26. Tiruneh BT, Dachew BA, Bifftu BB. Incidence of Road Traffic Injury and Associated Factors among Patients Visiting the Emergency Department of TikurAnbessa Specialized Teaching Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Emergency Medicine International 2014; 2014:439818. doi:10.1155/2014/439818

  27. Bifftu BB., Dachew BA, Tiruneh BT. Stigma resistance among people with schizophrenia at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a cross-sectional institution based study. BMC Psychiatry 2014; 14(1):259.

  28. Bifftu BB, Berihun Assefa Dachew. Perceived Stigma and Associated Factors among People with Schizophrenia at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: A Cross-sectional Institution Based Study. Psychiatry Journal 2014; doi:10.1155/2014/694565