People

Dr Katherine Sorsdahl

KatherineSorsdahlBSc (Victoria), MSc (Sussex), PhD (UCT)
Co-Director, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Associate Professor, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health

Research Interests: Investigating barriers to accessing mental health services in low and middle income countries; integrating mental health services into primary care with a focus on substance use; cultural adaptation of evidence based mental health interventions.


Prof Ashraf Kagee


BA (UCT), HDE (UCT), MA (Portland), PhD (Ball State), MPH (UCT), PGDip (Stell)
Distinguished Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Principal Investigator, Common mental disorders and HIV
 
Co-Director, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)
Co-Investigator, HIV and substance use prevention for South African youth and families
Co-Investigator, The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)
Co-Investigator, The Massachusetts General Hospital global psychiatric clinical research training program
Advisory Board Member, Columbia University-Southern African Fogarty AIDS Training Programme, 2011 to present
Member, Working Group on the Classification of Stress-Related Disorders for the International Classification of Diseases, World Health Organisation, 2011 to present 
 
Research Interests: Common mental disorders and HIV, antiretroviral treatment adherence, health and behaviour, evidence-based practice, community health psychology.

Dr Margie Schneider

MargieSBSc Logopaedics (UCT), MA Applied Linguistics (Reading), PhD (Wits)
Deputy Director, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Project Manager, AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM)

Research Interests: Disability studies with specific focus on definition and measurement, poverty and social protection; mental disorders as disability; measurement of mental health in surveys.


Prof Crick Lund

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BA (UKZN), BA Honours (UCT), MA Religious Studies (UCT), BSocSci Hons (UCT), MSocSci Clin Psych (Rhodes), PhD (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town &  Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Chief Executive Officer, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)
Principal Investigator, Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM)
Co-Investigator, Emerging Mental health systems in low and middle-income countries (EMERALD
 
Research Interests: mental health policy and services, poverty and the social determinants of mental health

Emily Baron

EmilyBaronBSc (Reading), MSc (Durham), PhD Candidate (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Assistant Data Manager, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)
PhD Graduate Student, AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM)
 
Research interests: maternal mental health; community-based interventions for perinatal depression and distress; mental health service use.


Erica Breuer

EricaBreuer-lowresB.AppSc Phys Hons (Sydney), MPH Epidemiology (UCT), PhD Candidate (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Project Manager: PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)
 
Research Interests:
planning and evaluation of complex mental health interventions, theory of change, mental health screening tools, HIV and mental health.

Thandi Davies

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BA (Rhodes), BA Honours (UKZN), MPhil (UCT), PhD Candidate (UCT). Registered Counsellor.
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Research Officer, AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for mental health (AFFIRM)
 
Research interests:
Mental health and: the perinatal period, poverty, food insecurity, social support and other social determinants; Wilderness therapy and Animal assisted therapy.

Antoinette Devasahayam

Antoinette DevasahayamRegistered Counsellor (Cornerstone Christian College)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Mental Health Officer, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 
 

Sumaiyah Docrat


BSc. (Ottawa), BSc. Honours (Ottawa), MPH. Health Economics (UCT), PhD Candidate (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Health Economic Researcher, Emerging Mental health systems in low and middle-income countries (EMERALD

Research interests:
 Health Systems; Global Health; Equity in access to health care services, Sustainable health financing, Poverty and Mental Health, Economic Evaluation, Economic impact(s) of (mental) illness; Economic benefits of healthcare access in Low- and Middle- Income countries

Bronwyn Evans

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MA Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Clinical Services Coordinator, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 

Sally Field

SallyB Soc Sci (UCT), BA hons Psychology (Rhodes) MA (Southampton, UK)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Project Coordinator, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 

Gillian Hanslo 

Gillian-lowresDepartment of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Administrator, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)Administrator, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)

 


Liesl Hermanus

LieslB.Psych (UWC) Registered Counsellor (HPCSA)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Mental Health Officer, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 
 

Dr Simone Honikman 

Simone2-highresMBChB (UCT), MPhil Maternal and Child Health (UCT), Dip Obs (SA), DCH (SA), DFFP (UK)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Founder and Director: Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
Co-Investigator, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)
Co-Investigator, Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM)
Member, Patient-Centred Maternity Care Code task team, Department of Health
Member, Mental Health Policy Framework task team, Department of Health
Ashoka Fellow

Research interests: 
Maternal mental health; gender-based violence; implementation science; psychology and public health; health worker training and public health

Charlotte Mande Ilunga

CharlotteCounsellor (SACAP)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Mental Health Officer, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 
 

Dr Sharon Kleintjes 

sharonMA Clinical Psychology (UCT), MPhil Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (UCT), PhD (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Convenor, Postgraduate Diploma in Addictions Care

 
Research Interests: public mental health policy and service development; service user empowerment and gender based-issues in health

Anthea Lesch

AntheaLeschBCom (UWC), BCom Hons (Rhodes), MCom (Rhodes), MSc (Sussex), MPH (Johns Hopkins)
Lecturer, School of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Principal Investigator: Knowledge and beliefs about HIV/AIDS among community members who utilise HIV/AIDS prevention and care services in the Western Cape, South Africa (funded by PAAIR)
Co-Investigator: Evaluating an HIV vaccine research community engagement programme at an HIV prevention research centre in Western Cape, South Africa (funded by CHVI)
 
Research interests: social determinants of health, community participation in health promotion, clinical trial participation, social aspects of HIV/AIDS, health literacy, illness beliefs, socio-behavioural issues in HIV vaccine research, community health psychology, public health. 
 

Maggie Marx

Maggie MarxBA (NWU), BA Hons (NWU)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Communications & Research Uptake Officer, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) & Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)

Research interests:
Research communication, development, public health, monitoring and evaluation.

Songelwa Mobo

SongelwaMoboNDiploma in Public Management and Administration (Walter Sisulu University of Technology)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Administrator, AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM)
Administrator, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 

Prof Tony Naidoo

TonyNaidoo BA (UWC) BA Hons (UWC) MA Counselling Psychology (Ball State USA) PhD (Ball State USA)
 School of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
 
Research interests: Community Psychology; Career Psychology; Adolescent Development
 
 

Ms Stacey Oranji

Stacey OrangiB.Pharm (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), MPH Health Economics Candidate (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Costing Analyst: AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental health (AFFIRM)
 
 
 

Sarah Skeen

SarahBSc Speech Lang Path (UCT), MIntPH (Sydney), PhD Candidate (UCT)
School of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Programme Director, The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)
Researcher, Prevention Research for Community, Family and Child Health

Research Interests:
 child and adolescent mental health and development, early childhood development, mental health of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, harmful use of alcohol, community-based programming for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, mental health policy and planning.

Rita Stockhowe

RitaMA Culture & Media Education (Merseburg University of Applied Science , Germany)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Communications & Advocacy Officer, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 

Prof Leslie Swartz

Leslie Swartz
MSc Clin Psych (UCT), PhD Psych (UCT)
School of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Co-Founder, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
 
Research Interests:
 Disability studies, public mental health, HIV and disability, citizenship and higher education; culture and mental health

 Prof Mark Tomlinson

Prof Mark Tomlinson
BA (Rhodes), BA Honours (Wits), MA Clinical Psychology (UCT), PhD (Reading)
School of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Research Director, PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)
Principal Investigator, Thula Sana
Co-Investigator, Child Community Care Study
Co-Investigator, The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)
 
Research Interests: Infant and child development in the context of adversity; postpartum depression and infant development; infant attachment; developmental psychopathology; community based prevention programs for families with infants and young children; community based prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV; community based prevention of alcohol use in pregnant mothers; priority setting in research; psychology and public health; infant mental health and public health

Roseanne Turner

MSc in Critical Care Nursing (UCT), post-graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (SU)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Training and Development Officer, Project Coordinator, Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP)
 

Dr Claire van der Westhuizen

Claire vd Westhuizen
MBChB (US) and PhD (UCT)
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town
Postdoctoral research fellow, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
 
Research Interests:
Integration of mental health services into emergency and trauma centres, and primary care; violence and injury prevention; the development and adaptation of interventions; implementation research