Associate Professor Simone Honikman

Associate Professor

MBChB UCT; MPhil (Maternal and Child Health) UCT


Associate Professor of Public Mental Health

Director: Perinatal Mental Health Project

Research Areas

  • Mental health and maternal health policy
  • Integration of mental health services into Maternal and Child Health platforms in low and middle-income countries
  • Social determinants of maternal mental ill-health
  • Service provider mental health and competence
  • Cost-effectiveness of investments in maternal mental health

Current Research Interests and Projects

Guideline/Manual development for World Health Organisation and SA National Department of Health

Maternal mental health resource development, curation and dissemination for service users, providers and health managers

Improving access to and the quality of care for pregnant and postnatal women living with common mental disorders – running service demonstration site

Health systems strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa (ASSET):

Nyamekela4Care (service provider training, support and self-care intervention) – feasibility studies

  • Community Oriented Primary Care
  • Child and Youth Care Workers

CoMaCH - Co-designing Community-based ICTs Interventions to Enhance Maternal and Child Health in South Africa.

Global Economics in Perinatal Mental Health Project (GEMMH) project

SA National Department of Health mental health investment case