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Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
Department for Psyciatry & Mental Health
University of Cape Town

Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
Department of Psychology
Stellenbosch University

Katherine Sorsdahl

Associate Professor Katherine Sorsdahl

Co-director

BSc (University of Victoria, Canada), MSc (University of Sussex, UK), PhD (University of Cape Town)

Projects & Research Interests

1. Improving access to and the quality of care for people living with mental disorders.
2. Developing and adapting evidence-based mental health interventions for the South African context.
3. Integrating evidence-based mental health services into health systems with a focus on task sharing.

Associate Professor Margie Schneider

BSc (Logopaedics) UCT; MA (Applied Linguistics) Reading University, UK; PhD, Wits

Deputy director

Projects & Research Interests

1. Implementing mental health interventions
2. Disability measurement
3. Mental health, functioning and quality of life instrument validation
4. Capacity building in applied social research

Professor Crick Lund

PhD (UCT)

CEO
PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)

Claire van der Westhuizen

MBChB (SU), PhD (UCT)

Postdoctoral research fellow

Erica Breuer

MPH (Epidmeiology) UCT, BAppSc (Phyty) (Hons) University of Sydney

Project Manager
PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)

Emily Baron

Emily Baron

BSc (Reading), MSc (Durham), PhD Candidate (UCT)

Research Officer
PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)

Projects & Research Interests

1. Maternal mental health

Thandi Davies

Thandi Davies

BA (Rhodes), BA Honours (UKZN), MPhil (UCT), PhD Candidate (UCT), Registered counsellor

Research Officer
EconIPV-MH Project

Projects & Research Interests

1. Investigating economic and intimate partner violence (IPV) outcomes of mental health trials in low and middle-income countries
2. Mental health and: the perinatal period, poverty, food insecurity, social support and other social determinants; wilderness therapy and animal assisted therapy

Zulfa Abrahams

PhD (Medicine), UCT

Research Officer
ASSET

Projects & Research Interests

1. Maternal depression & anxiety and its association with food insecurity

Maggie Marx

Maggie Marx

BA, Hons BA (NWU)

Research Uptake & Communication Officer
PRIME & CPMH

Songelwa Mobo

Songelwa Mobo

National Diploma in Public Management and Administration, Walter Sisulu University of Technology

Project Administrative Assistant
AMARI

Gillian Hanslo

Gillian Hanslo

Administrative Officer

Ashraf Kagee

Distinguished Professor Ashraf Kagee

Co-director

PhD, MPH

Projects & Research Interests

1. Common mental disorders and HIV.
2. Common mental disorders.
3. Evidence-based treatment.

Bronwynè Coetzee

Bronwyne Coetzee

BSc, MSc, PhD (Stellenbosch University)

Lecturer

Projects & Research Interests

1. Paediatric HIV
2. Medication adherence

Jason Bantjes

Jason Bantjes

MA (Research Psychology), MA (Counselling Psychology), PhD (Psychology)

Senior Lecturer

Projects & Research Interests

1. Suicide prevention
2. Mental health of university students

Rizwana Roomaney

Rizwana Roomaney

PhD, University of Stellenbosch

Lecturer & MPhil Supervisor

Projects & Research Interests

1. Women’s health
2. Reproductive health

Sarah Skeen

Sarah Skeen

BSc Speech Lang Path (UCT), MIntPH (Sydney), PhD (UCT)

Programme Director
The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)
Researcher
Prevention Research for Community, Family and Child Health

Projects & Research Interests

1. Child and adolescent mental health and development
2. Early childhood development
3. Mental health of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS
4. Harmful use of alcohol
5. Community-based programming for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
6. Mental health policy and planning