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Call for Applications: Post-doctoral Fellow (Public Mental Health)

The vision of the CPMH is to be a collaborative inter-institutional multi-disciplinary centre that conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa.

Purpose: This fellowship offers a candidate the opportunity to gain skills in public mental health research as part of a multidisciplinary study team. The candidate will be required to analyse secondary quantitative and qualitative data from intervention studies with adolescents and mental health service delivery, under the supervision of Prof Katherine Sorsdahl. Knowledge of professional counselling and experience working with adolescents is required.

Conditions: The successful incumbent will be required to:

  • Register as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town
  • Applicants must have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline or have completed their PhD within the last 5 years.
  • Applicants should not be registered for study towards any degree at the time of assuming the fellowship.
  • The fellowship is compliant with the rules and policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and is therefore exempt from tax

There are no fringe benefits. The successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship: The value of the Fellowship is R350 000 and is tenable for one year.

Academic Criteria:  Applicants requires a PhD in a foundational discipline relevant to public mental health (e.g. psychology, public health, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, social work). Professional counselling experience in the South African care setting would be an advantage. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work in a collaborative fashion as part of a multi­disciplinary team.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should contact Prof. Katherine Sorsdahl @

Deadline for Applications:  Friday 8 January 2021.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right:

To disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award and/ or to make no award at all.



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Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture: Implementing and scaling up…

This year’s Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture was delivered by Prof Inge Petersen on implementing and scaling up integrated primary mental health care in the real world.

On 3 November 2020 the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health hosted Prof Inge Petersen to deliver the annnual Alan J Flisher Memorial Lecture.

In this lecture, Professor Inge Petersen, public mental health psychologist and Principal Investigator of the Southern African Mental health INTegration (SMhINT) research consortium, shares the use of a three-pronged approach that adopts implementation science, technical support and systems strengthening to bring evidence-based task sharing interventions for common mental disorders into routine primary health care services in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Professor Petersen is the Director of the Centre for Rural Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She is a Research Professor in the College of Health Sciences, UKZN.

Prof Petersen leads and has participated in a number of local and international research consortia focused on closing the treatment gap for mental disorders in South Africa and other low-and middle-income countries through integrating mental health into primary health care.

Please view the webinar below.