Dr. Muhwezi is a Behavioral Scientist (Social Worker) in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health and a member of faculty in the same Department, School and College. He is also a Director of Research at Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a premier public policy research and advocacy think tank working for social justice and good governance in Africa. ACODE is an independent public policy research and advocacy think tank based in Uganda but working in Eastern and Southern Africa. Basically, ACODE makes public policies work for people. Dr. Muhwezi was trained at Makerere University, Kampala where he undertook a BA (Social Work and Social Administration). He thereafter did a two-year Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion from the University of Bergen in Norway and a PhD in Medical Science offered jointly by Karolisnka Medical University, Stockholm, Sweden and Makerere University, Kampala. Subsequently, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Makerere University working on the subject of Adolescent Health. Dr. Muhweziís work deals chiefly with the psycho-social diagnosis and treatment of patients with all mental illnesses and behavioral problems. As an educator, Dr. Muhwezi has developed numerous training programs for undergraduate and post-graduate students in a variety of areas including: Social Medicine, Social and Trans-cultural Psychiatry, Social Work, Psycho-therapies, Medical Sociology and Anthropology, and Social Psychology.
His research primarily involves examining the psychological and sociological interface between health promotion and social sciences. The focus of interface is in directed to psycho-social competence, adolescentís reproductive and mental health, substance abuse, vulnerability and coping amidst adversity, psycho-social consequences of conflict, medical education for health professionals, quality of life, common mental disorders (depression and anxiety), role of life events in metal health, traditional healing and alternative health care. Most recently, his specific interest has involved the utility of research in public policy, advocacy and good governance. In the past, he has used life events research and quality of life tools to respond to interesting research problems. Dr. Muhwezi has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) as well a former member of the School of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He has published numerous papers in the areas of depression, traumatic experiences, sexual health, medical education, governance, advocacy and health promotion.