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Ashraf Kagee and Katherine Sorsdahl Co-Directors, Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Stellenbosch

Ashraf Kagee and Katherine Sorsdahl

Co-Directors, Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town

Team at Stellenbosch University

and University of Cape Town Team at Stellenbosch University Prof. Mark Tomlinson: Partnership for Alcohol and

Prof. Mark Tomlinson: Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR) Prof. Leslie Swartz: Behavioral aspects of HIV vaccine trial enrolment; language and mental health; disability studies Dr. Jason Bantjes: Common mental disorders, deliberate self-harm among PLWH Dr. Rizwana Roomaney: Quality of life, mood disturbance among women with health conditions, e.g. endometriosis, cancer, infertility. Dr. Bronwyne Coetzee: Adherence to antiretroviral therapy; fatigue and depression among adolescents living with HIV (with colleagues at University of Bath)

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Research interests

Epidemiological research: studies investigating the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of common mental disorders among specific populations, e.g. PLWH, older persons, adolescent population.

Scale development & validation: need for instruments that are locally developed and validated to assess unique features of psychiatric distress in SSA.

Sensitivity and specificity of screening instruments to detect common mental disorders in various populations.

Research interests

Intervention Research:

psychological interventions to reduce symptoms of depression, traumatization, anxiety, and suicidality among specific populations

Task-sharing – feasibility, acceptability, training needs, effectiveness of implementing task-sharing in contexts such as treatment for various common mental disorders among various populations such PLWHA, cancer, caregivers of disabled persons, adherence counselling, etc.

Mental health interventions and its effects on financial well-being of families, employment, and worker absenteeism and presenteeism.

Implementation Science

Prof. Soraya Seedat • Executive Head & Distinguished Professor • South African Research Chair in

Prof. Soraya Seedat

Executive Head & Distinguished Professor

South African Research Chair in PTSD

Professor • South African Research Chair in PTSD leads 3 research programs: 1) PTSD Research Program

leads 3 research programs:

1) PTSD Research Program (South African Research Chair Initiative – SARChI) 2) South African Medical Research Council (MRC) Flagship Study (SHARED ROOTS) 3) Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Epidemiological Research Team

Research Focus Areas of the Department of Psychiatry

Research Focus Areas of the Department of Psychiatry • PTSD and stress-related disorders • Anxiety disorders

PTSD and stress-related disorders

Anxiety disorders

Schizophrenia

NeuroAIDS

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Maternal-infant mental health

Global mental health, in collaboration with other LMICs

South African Microbiome Initiative in Neuroscience

Schizophrenia Group

Clinical, cognitive, pharmacogenomics, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology

Schizophrenia Group Clinical, cognitive, pharmacogenomics, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology 6
Schizophrenia Group Clinical, cognitive, pharmacogenomics, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology 6

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