Welcome to the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences

SBS Division

The Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBS) coordinates the School’s teaching and research activities in the social and behavioural sciences.  Social and behavioural science research offers insight into the “how” and “why” questions in public health. Teaching and training in these disciplines offers students and professionals a diverse range of skills that can be applied in varied contexts.

The Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences was created in 2013. It coordinates the School’s teaching and research capacity in the social and behavioural sciences.  This is a disciplinary area that is increasingly recognised as a critical element in fulfilling public health’s broader mission within the School, the Faculty, and by the public health community at large.

The social and behavioural sciences are critical components of any holistic approach to public health research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement and knowledge dissemination. For research, the social science perspective can offer insight into the “why” questions in public heath. Teaching and training in the social sciences offers students and professionals a diverse range of skills that can be applied in varied contexts. The social sciences also provide well-established methods for engaging with communities and disseminating research findings that help to communicate the meaning of public health issues and concepts for people within their contexts.The primary goal of the Division is to strengthen and coordinate the social and behavioural science research and teaching in the School. The role of the social and behavioural sciences in the field of public health is increasingly valued as part of a complex, people-centered approach to tackling the multifaceted challenges in public health.

Please take some time to explore the information on our webpages.  You can find information on the classes we teach, the post-graduate students in our Division, our areas of research interest and recent publications, upcoming DSBS events, and our engagement with communities, civil society and government organisations in South Africa and abroad.

The Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences does not do any ongoing teaching with undergraduates in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Some of our staff are involved in teaching on Special Study Modules (SSMs) for undergraduate medical students at UCT on an ad hoc basis.  We have also been involved in designing and conducting field-based educational programmes in global public health, and gender and health, for undergraduate students from overseas.  One of the longer-term goals in our Division is build from this experience and develop a platform for field-based, experiential learning in the health social sciences that would integrate undergraduate and graduate students from UCT and elsewhere.  This kind of initiative would serve to address an important gap in existing health social science training in South Africa.


The SBS Track in the MPH Programme

The Master of Public Health Programme (MPH) at UCT has been growing steadily since its inception almost 15 years ago.  As it has grown, specialist ‘tracks’ have been added in the areas of epidemiology, clinical research, health economics, and health systems.

The core SBS MPH courses are:

  • Public Health and Society
  • Gender and Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Epidemiology

The other four elective courses can be taken from among the other MPH course offerings.  In addition, up to two elective courses may be taken outside of the School.

Students in the SBS track will also be required to produce a mini-dissertation for their Master’s thesis that uses theory and method from the social and behavioural sciences. 

To learn more about the SBS track, please look at our SBS Track Handbook.

PhD Supervision

The Division also offers PhD supervision and currently hosts a number of PhD students.  The PhD in Public Health is by research only.  Interested students should ensure that there are qualified supervisors available in the Division in their area of interest. 


The ‘Building Research in Inter-Disciplinary Gender and HIV through the Social Sciences’ (BRIDGES) Program is a 5-year NIH funded (D43) program housed in the University of Cape Town’s Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences [DSBS], School of Public Health and Family Medicine.   

The BRIDGES Program, led by Associate Professor Christopher Colvin, seeks to strengthen UCT’s capacity to serve as a global leader in gender and HIV social science research by:

  1. Expanding the pool of early-career social science researchers working on gender and HIV in South Africa by recruiting and intensively training and mentoring PhD and postdoctoral research fellows in the Division’s graduate program in HIV health social sciences.  BRIDGES currently has one postdoctoral research fellow and seven PhD fellows in the Program.  A second postdoctoral fellow is scheduled to join BRIDGES in January 2022.
  2. Growing the capacity of the DSBS training platform for PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows in gender and HIV by developing and delivering (a) two new semester-long PhD courses and (b) three new short-courses for trainee health social scientists at UCT.  In 2020, BRIDGES Fellows participated in one semester long ‘PhD Proposal Development’ course and a ‘Responsible Conduct of Research’ short course.  In 2021 two short courses, ‘Field Methods’ and ‘Grant Writing’ were offered.  In keeping with the Programs local capacity building mandate, all short courses are open to early career social scientists in the wider academic community beyond UCT.
  3. Increasing opportunities for training, networking and professional development in gender and HIV social science at UCT by hosting an Annual BRIDGES Symposium that will give Fellows the opportunity to present their work, engage with senior local and international gender and HIV researchers, and participate in intensive workshops in research methods, academic publishing, grant-raising, and knowledge translation.

The first Annual BRIDGES Symposium took place from 9th – 13th March 2020 at Goedgedacht Farm, Riebeeck Kasteel, Western Cape.During the Symposium, BRIDGES Fellows were officially introduced and interacted with some of the co-investigators (local and international), other BRIDGES affiliates and DSBS staff.The second Annual BRIDGES Symposium is scheduled to take place from 15th – 19th November 2021 at Goedgedacht Farm.

BRIDGES 1st Annual Symposium:  09 - 13 March 2020, Goedgedacht Farm

Public Health Advocacy

Staff in the Division have been involved in a range of public health advocacy efforts, including:

  • Engagement with the People’s Health Movement of South Africa
  • Participation in advocacy work with Sonke Gender Justice around men’s access to HIV prevention and treatment services
  • Presentation to the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on community participation and the Right to Health
  • Support to various communities and community-based organisations in Cape Town and the surrounding areas to identify public health priorities and build local capacity to support research and research translation, and implement public health interventions.

Technical Support to Community / Civil Society Partners

Division staff also have considerable experience providing technical support in social science research and training to a number of civil society organisations.  These include:

  • Sonke Gender Justice (www.genderjustice.org.za)
  • Medicins San Frontieres (MSF South Africa and Swaziland) (www.msf.org.za)
  • Human Rights Media Centre (HRMC) (www.hrmc.org.za)
  • People’s Health Movement (PHM) (www.phm-sa.org)
  • Development Works (developmentworks.co.za)
  • ComaCare and Imbizo Yamadoda (www.comacare.com)

Policy Contributions

Research in the Division has also led to numerous opportunities to make input into policy debates, both global and in South Africa.  Policy stakeholders have included:

  • South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)

  • The Western Cape Provincial AIDS Council
  • South African National Department of Health
  • World Health Organisaton

The Division is also engaged in efforts to develop and strengthen the place of evidence from social and behavioural science research in global health policymaking and practice.  Most of this work is focused on developing methods for conducting systematic reviews of qualitative evidence and translating evidence syntheses into policy and practice recommendations.  See “Qualitative Evidence Synthesis” under our “Research” page for more information.


The Division is involved in wide-ranging research that attempts to understand and analyse the complex relationships between the social and behavioural sciences and public health. There are five main research areas in the Division:

1.      Men, Masculinities and Health

2.      Health Governance and Activism

3.      HIV and TB Treatment and Prevention Programmes

4.      Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES) in Global Health Policy

5.      New Pedagogies for Community Health Research

Men, Masculinities and Health

One of the Division’s key research areas involves work on men, masculinities and health, in particular with respect to HIV, gender-based violence and gender transformation initiatives. Previous and ongoing research projects have focused on men’s experiences in HIV support groups, issues of men’s use of and access to health services, gender and the community organisation of care, and the role of human rights discourses in HIV/AIDS treatment choices. 

Health Governance and Activism

Research in the Division also explores health governance, health activism and human rights. Previous and ongoing projects have examined the People’s Health Movement’s ‘Right to Health’ campaign, sanitation and health activism in Khayelitsha with the Social Justice Coalition, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and health pluralism in the context of local politics, and the Learning Network for Health and Human Rights Project (part of the Health and Human Rights Programme in UCT’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine).

HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment Programmes

Much of the research work in the Division has been focused on understanding and supporting the development of longer-term HIV and TB prevention and treatment programmes in South Africa.  Previous and ongoing projects in this area include research with community health workers (CHWs) on CHW policy development, training and expectations, the use of CHWs in PMTCT interventions, patient experiences of lay health work, and the impact of CHWs on health citizenship, nurse-initiated ART, second-line treatment failure in ART patients, and policy transfer of molecular TB diagnostics in South Africa.

Qualitative Evidence Synthesis (QES) in Global Health Policy

Qualitative evidence synthesis is a growing strength in the Division.  There are two streams of this work.  The first involves developing new methods for conducting these kinds of reviews and translating their findings, as well as carrying out QES on specific topics such as CHW motivation, health systems barriers and enablers to maternal ART, and task shifting in midwifery programmes.  The second stream involves ethnographic work to document and better understand the growing recognition of QES in global health policymaking as a new form of global knowledge production and knowledge politics.

New Pedagogies for Community Health Research

Finally, the Division has an emerging research interest in developing and evaluating new pedagogies for community health research.  In particular, we are interested in pedagogical research that assesses field-based approaches to experiential learning for community health research methods. 


Lucia Knight, Associate Professor and Head of Division








Lucia Knight is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has training in social anthropology, family demography and population studies with a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her current research focuses on the development of social and behavioural interventions to improve access to HIV treatment and care and ART adherence. She is also conducting research on the quality of maternal health care and is exploring new areas of research in sexual and reproductive health. She has extensive teaching and supervision experience and convenes the Social and Behavioural Sciences track of the Masters in Public Health, including the teaching of qualitative research methods.

Carla Tsampiras, Associate Professor

Carla Tsampiras

Carla is an associate professor in Medical and Health Humanities, in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, in the School of Public Health, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a health historian interested in sexuality, ‘race’, class, and gender and has worked on HIV and AIDS; gender, violence and slavery; and feminism and humanities in health sciences education. Her current research and teaching focuses on connections between flesh foods, violence, gender and health (that of earthlings and the planet). She is a founding member of the Medical and Health Humanities Africa (MHHA) network, on the Environmental Humanities South steering group, and an advisory board member of the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham, UK and the Reimagining Reproduction project at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Jennifer Githaiga, Lecturer

Jennifer Githaiga

Phone:  021 406 6819

Email:  jennifer.githaiga@uct.ac.za




Jennifer Githaiga is a lecturer in DSBS and manages the ‘Building Research in Inter-Disciplinary Gender and HIV through the Social Sciences’ [BRIDGES] Program housed in the Division. She holds a PhD in Research Psychology from UCT, an MA in Counselling Psychology from the United States International University – Africa, and an MA in Communication from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya. Her research interests include women’s health research with a focus on psychosocial dynamics and constructions of chronic illness experiences in resource-limited contexts, and the impact on women’s wellbeing; cancer and the ethics of care, with a special interest in cervical cancer prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa; critical qualitative research approaches and adapting qualitative methods for contextual relevance.

Natasha Kannemeyer, Research Co-ordinator

Natasha K

Email:  Natasha.Kannemeyer@uct.ac.za

Mandla Majola, Research Co-ordinator

Email:  Mandla.Majola@uct.ac.za

Adjunct Associate Professor

Christopher Colvin

Honorary Professors

Naeemah Abrahams
Diane Cooper
Chelsea Morroni

Honorary Associate Professors

Abigail Harrison
Mark Lurie
Catherine Mathews

Adjunct Senior Lecturers

Deborah Constant
Alison Swartz
Margit Endler

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Erin Stern

Honorary Research Associates

Sara Cooper
Zoe Duby
Jane Harries
Emilie Venables

Administrative Staff

Name Description Email Telephone No
Marion Bloch Research Administrator 021 650 1487
Lungiswa Nikani Administrative Officer

Journal articles

Book chapters











  • Colvin CJ. Gender, Health and Change in South Africa: Three Ways of Working with Men and Boys for Gender Justice. Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques, 2017;48(1):109-24. 
  • Stern E, Colvin CJ, Gxabagxaba N, et al. Conceptions of agency and constraint for HIV-positive patients and healthcare workers to support long-term engagement with antiretroviral therapy care in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Afr J AIDS Res. 2017;16(1):19-29. 
  • Wainwright M. Sensing the Airs: The Cultural Context for Breathing and Breathlessness in Uruguay. Med Anthropol. 2017;36(4):332-47.
  • Wainwright M. Imaging and Imagining chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Uruguayans draw their lungs. Disabil Rehabil. 2017;11:1-10. 
  • Wainwright M, Bingham S, Sicwebu N. Photovoice and photodocumentary for enhancing community partner engagement and student learning in a public health field school in Cape Town. J. Exp. Educ. 2017;40(4):409-24. 



  • Duby Z, Hartmann M, Montgomery ET, Colvin CJ, et al. Condoms, lubricants and rectal cleansing: prac­tices associated with heterosexual penile-anal intercourse amongst participants in an HIV prevention trial in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. AIDS Behav. 2016 Apr;20(4):754-62.
  • Duby Z, Hartmann M, Montgomery ET, Colvin CJ, et al. Sexual scripting of heterosexual penile-anal intercourse amongst participants in an HIV prevention trial in South Africa, Uganda and Zimba­bwe. Cult Health Sex. 2016;18(1):30-44. 
  • Russell A, Wainwright M, Tilson M. Means and ENDS – E-Cigarettes, the framework convention on tobacco control, and global health diplomacy in action. Glob Public Health. 2016 Mar 7:1-16. 
  • Swartz A, Colvin CJ, Harrison A. The Cape Town boyfriend and the Joburg boyfriend: women’s sexual part­nerships and social networks in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Social Dynamics. 2016, 42(2): 237-252. 
  • Wainwright M, Colvin CJ, Swartz A, et al. Self-management of medical abortion: a qualitative evidence syn­thesis. RHM. 2016, 24(47): 1326-1338. 


  • Colvin CJ, Leon N, Wills C, et al. Global-to-local policy transfer in the introduction of new molecular tuber­culosis diagnostics in South Africa. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2015 Nov;19(11):1326-38. 
  • Colvin CJ. Anthropologies in and of evidence making in global health research and policy. Med Anthropol. 2015;34(2):99-105. 
  • Colvin CJ, Harrison A. Broadening the debate over HIV and hormonal contraceptives. Lancet Infec Dis. 2015;15(2):135-6.
  • Duby Z, Hartmann M, Mahaka I, et al. Lost in translation: language, terminology and understanding of penal-anal intercourse in an HIV prevention trial in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. J Sex Res. 2015 Nov;13:1-11. 
  • Dworkin SL, Fleming PJ, Colvin CJ. The promises and limitations of gender-transformative health program­ming with men: critical reflections from the field. Cult Health Sex. 2015 Oct 16;17(sup 2):128-43. 
  • Harness M, Raja DS, Matter R. Assistive technology access and service delivery in resource-limited environments: introduction to a special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2015;10(4):267-270.
  • Harrison A, Colvin CJ, Kuo C, et al. Sustained HIV incidence in young women in Southern Africa: social, behavioural and structural factors and emerging intervention approaches. Current HIV/AIDS Review. 2015 Apr 9. 
  • Lewin S, Glenton C, Munthe-Kaas H, Carlsen B, Colvin CJ, et al. Using qualitative evidence in decision making for health and social interventions: an approach to assess confidence in find­ings from qualitative evidence syntheses (GRADE-CERQual). PLoS Med.2015;12(10):e1001895.
  • Viitanen AP, Colvin CJ. Lessons learned: program messaging in gender-transformative work with men and boys in South Africa. Glob Health Action. 2015 Sept 7;8:27860. 
  • Christopher J Colvin. Traumatic Storytelling and Memory. In: Post-Apartheid South Africa: Performing Signs of Injury. 1st Edition. Routledge.


  • Colvin CJ, Robins S. (2017). Drug patents and shit politics in South Africa: Refiguring the politics of the ‘scientific’ and the ‘global’ in global health interventions. In: Bulled, N. (Ed.). Thinking Through Resistance. New York: Routledge.
  • Cooper S, Honikman, S, Tomlinson, M. (2017). Synthesizing global and local knowledge for the development of maternal mental health care: Two cases from South Africa. In: R. White et al. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Swartz A. (2017). Navigating Motherhood at the Intersection of Intergenerational Fertility, HIV and Care: a case study of a family of three generations of teenage mothers in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Invited Chapter in a Book “Young Families: Gender, Sexuality and Care”, edited by Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Deevia Bhana, Chapter 13.



  • Cooper S, Honikman, S, Tomlinson, M. (2016). Synthesizing global and local knowledge for the development of maternal mental health care: Two cases from South Africa. In: R. White et al. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Mental Health: Socio-cultural Perspectives, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wainwright, M. (2016). Case study: Rebellion and co-morbidity (Chapter 5: Bodily Resistances). In: The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology, Manderson, L., Hardon, A., Cartwright, E. (Eds.). London, Routledge.



  • Colvin CJ, Swartz A. (2015). Extension agents or agents of change? CHWs and the politics of carework in post Apartheid South Africa. Invited submission to Special Issue of Annals of Anthropological Practice.
  • Colvin CJ, Wainwright M, Noyes J, et al. Confidence in the evidence from reviews of qualitative research (CERQual): Development and future directions of a novel approach. In: Chandler J, Mc­Kenzie J, Boutron I, Welch V (editors) Cochrane Methods. Cochrane DB Syst Rev. 2015; Suppl 1: 45-47.


  • Constant D, Kluge J, Harries J, Grossman D. An analysis of delays among women accessing second-trimester abortion in the public sector in South Africa. (2019) Contraception,
  • Moodley J, Constant D, Botha MH, van der Merwe FH, Edwards A, Momberg M. (2019). Exploring the feasibility of using mobile phones to improve the management of clients with cervical cancer precursor lesions. BMC Womens Health, 19 (1), 2.
  • Saidu R, Moodley J, Tergas A, Momberg M,  Boa R, Wright T, Campbell S, Svanholm Barrie C, Persing D, Kuhn L,  Denny L. (2019). South African women’s perspectives on Self-Sampling for cervical cancer screening: A mixed-method study. South Afr Med J, 109 (1), 47-52.
  • Van der Heijden, I.,  Harries, J. & Abrahams, N. (2019). In pursuit of intimacy: disability stigma, womanhood and intimate partnerships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 21(3), 338-351.
  • van der Heijden I, Harries J Abrahams N. (2019). Ethical considerations for disability-inclusive gender-based violence research: Reflections from a South African qualitative case study, Global Public Health14(5), 737-749.
  • van Schalkwyk C, Moodley J, Welte A, Johnson LF. (2019). Are associations between HIV and human papillomavirus transmission due to behavioural confounding or biological effects? Sexually Transmitted Infections 95(2),122-128.



  • Moodley J, Walter FM, Scott SE. Makwa AM. (2018). Toward timely diagnosis of symptomatic breast and cervical cancer in South Africa. S Afr Med J108(10), 803-804.
  • Attipoe-Dorcoo, Singh V, Moodley J. (2018). A content analysis of online news media reporting on the human papillomavirus vaccination program in South Africa. SAJGO; 0(0),1–6.
  • Pitcher S, Adams T, van Wijk LA, Fakie N, Saidu R, Denny L, Moodley J. (2018). Holistic sexuality post gynaecological cancer treatment: A review of recent literatureS. Afr. j. Oncol. 2(0), a40.
  • Oodit R, Ljungqvist O, Moodley J. (2018). Can an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program improve colorectal cancer outcomes in South Africa? South African Journal of Surgery, 56(1):8-11.
  • Stewart TS, Moodley J, Walter FM. (2018). Population risk factors for late-stage presentation of cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer Epidemiol. Jan 31;53:81-92. 
  • Wood, J.M., Harries, J., Kalichman, M., Kalichman, S., Nkoko, K. & Mathews, C. (2018). Exploring motivation to notify and barriers to partner notification of sexually transmitted infections in South Africa: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 18, 980.
  • Galárraga O, Harries J, Maughan-Brown B, Cooper D, Short S, Lurie, M, Harrison A. (2018) The Empower Nudge lottery to increase dual protection use: A proof-of-concept randomised pilot trial in South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 26:52.
  • Lince-Deroche N, Constant D, Harries J, Kluge J, Blanchard K, Sinanovic E, Grossman D. (2018) The costs and cost effectiveness of providing second-trimester medical and surgical safe abortion services in Western Cape Province, South Africa. PLoS One. Jun 28;13(6):e0197485.
  • Bobrow, K., Farmer, A., Cishe, N., Nwagi, N., Namane, M., Brennan, T.P., Springer, D., Tarassenko, L. & Levitt, N. (2018) Using the Medical Research Council framework for development and evaluation of complex interventions in a low resource setting to develop a theory-based treatment support intervention delivered via SMS text message to improve blood pressure control. BMC Health Services Research, 18 (1), 33.
  • Kapp, N., Blanchard, K., Coast, E., Ganatra, B., Harries, J., Footman, K., Moore, A., Owolabi, O., Rossier, C., Shellenberg, K. & Wahlin, B. (2018) Developing a forward-looking agenda and methodologies for research of self-use of medical abortion. Contraception, 97 (2), 184-188.
  • Lince-Deroche, N., Harries, J., Constant D, Morroni C, Pleaner M, Fetters T, Grossman D, Blanchard K & Sinanovic E. (2018) Doing more for less: identifying opportunities to expand public sector access to safe abortion in South Africa through budget impact analysis. Contraception, 97 (2), 167-176.
  • Moodley, J., Cairncross, L., Naiker, T. & Constant D. (2018) From symptom discovery to treatment - women's pathways to breast cancer care: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer, 18 (1), 312.



  • Adeagbo, O., Mullick, S., Pillay, D., Chersich, M., Morroni, C., Naidoo, N., Pleaner, M., & Rees, H. (2017) Uptake and early removals of Implanon NXT in South Africa: perceptions and attitudes of healthcare workers. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 822-826.
  • Bai, D., Leu, C.S., Mantell, J.E., Exner, T.M., Cooper, D., Hoffman, S., Kelvin, E.A., Myer, L., Constant, D. & Moodley, J. (2017) An approach to developing a prediction model of fertility intent among HIV-positive women and men in Cape Town, South Africa: a case study. AIDS and Behavior, 21 (2), 597-609.
  • Constant, D., Harries, J., Daskilewicz, K., Myer, L. & Gemzell-Danielsson, K. (2017) Is self-assessment of medical abortion using a low-sensitivity pregnancy test combined with a checklist and phone text messages feasible in South African primary healthcare settings? A randomized trial. PLoS One, 12 (6), e0179600.
  • Constant, D., Harries, J., Moodley, J. & Myer, L. (2017) Accuracy of gestational age estimation from last menstrual period among women seeking abortion in South Africa, with a view to task sharing: a mixed methods study. Reproductive Health, 14 (1), 100.
  • Davies, N. E., Matthews, L. T., Crankshaw, T. L., Cooper, D. & Schwartz, S. R. (2017) Supporting HIV prevention and reproductive goals in an HIV‐endemic setting: taking safer conception services from policy to practice in South Africa. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20 (Suppl1), 21271.
  • Gerdts, C., Raifman, S., Daskilewicz, K., Momberg, M., Roberts, S. & Harries, J. (2017) Women’s experiences seeking informal sector abortion services in Cape Town, South Africa: a descriptive study. BMC Women's Health, 17 (95), 1-10.
  • Mantell, J.E., Cooper, D., Exner, T.M., Moodley, J., Hoffman, S., Myer, L., Leu, C.S., Bai, D., Kelvin, E.A., Jennings, K., Stein, Z.A., Constant, D., Zweigenthal, V., Cishe, N. & Nywagi, N. (2017) Emtonjeni- a structural intervention to integrate sexual and reproductive health into public sector HIV care in Cape Town, South Africa: results of a phase II study. AIDS Behaviour, 21 (3), 905-922.
  • Momberg, M., Botha, M. H., Van der Merwe, F. H., & Moodley, J. (2017) Women's experiences with cervical cancer screening in a colposcopy referral clinic in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative analysis. BMJ Open, 7 (2), e013914.
  • Patel, R., Morroni, C., Scarsi, K., Sripipatana, T., Kiarie, J. & Cohen, C.R. (2017) Concomitant contraceptive implant and efavirenz use in HIV-positive women: perspectives on current evidence and policy implications for family planning and HIV treatment guidelines.  Journal of the International Aids Society, 20 (1), 21396.
  • Pillay, D., Chersich, M., Morroni, C., Pleaner, M., Adeagbo, O., Naidoo, N., Mullick, S., & Rees, H. (2017) User perspectives on Implanon NXT in South Africa: a survey of 12 public-sector facilities. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 815-821.
  • Pillay, D., Morroni, C., Pleaner, M., Adeagbo, O., Chersich, M., Naidoo, N., Mullick, S., & Rees, H. (2017) Gaps in monitoring systems for Implanon NXT services in South Africa: An assessment of 12 facilities in two districts. South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), 827-831.
  • Pleaner, M., Morroni, C., Smit, J., Lince-Deroche, N., Chersich, M., Mullick, S., Pillay, D., Makua, M., & Rees, H. (2017) Lessons learnt from the introduction of the contraceptive implant in South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 107 (11), 933-938.
  • Sullivan, M. E., Harrison, A., Harries, J., Sicwebu, N., Rosen, R. K., & Galárraga, O. (2017) Women's reproductive decision making and abortion experiences in Cape Town, South Africa: a qualitative study. Health Care for Women International, 1-14.
  • Wasserman, S., Potgieter, S., Shoul, E., Constant, D., Stewart, A., Mendelson, M., & Boyles, T. (2017) South African medical students’ perceptions and knowledge about antibiotic resistance and appropriate prescribing: are we providing adequate training to future prescribers? South African Medical Journal, 107 (5), 405-410.


  • Constant, D., Harries, J., Malaba, T., Myer, L., Patel, M., Petro, G. & Grossman, D. (2016) Clinical outcomes and women’s experiences before and after the introduction of mifepristone into second-trimester medical abortion in South Africa, Plos One, 11 (9), e0161843.
  • Cooper, D., Harries, J., Moodley, J., Constant, D., Hodes, R., Mathews, C., Morroni, C. & Hoffman, M. (2016) Coming of age? Women's sexual and reproductive health after twenty-one years of democracy in South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 24 (48), 79-89.
  • Johnston, H.B., Ganatra, B., Nguyen, M.H., Habib, N., Afework, M.F., Harries, J., Iyengar, K., Moodley, J., Lema, H.Y., Constant, D. & Sen, S. (2016) Accuracy of assessment of eligibility for early medical abortion by community health workers in Ethiopia, India and South Africa. Plos One, 11 (1), e0146305.
  • Kriek, J.M., Jaumdally, S.Z., Masson, L., Little, F., Mbulwa, A., Gumbi, P.G., Barnabas, S., Moodley, J., Denny, L., Coetzee, D., Williamson, A-L. & Passmore, J.S. (2016) Female genital tract inflammation, HIV co-infection and persistent mucosal Human Papillomavirus infections. Virology, 493, 247-254.
  • Momberg, M., Harries, J. & Constant, D. (2016) Self-assessment of eligibility for early medical abortion using m-Health to calculate gestational age in Cape Town, South Africa: a feasibility pilot study. Reproductive Health, 13, 40-48.
  • Moodley, J., Cairncross, L., Naiker, T. & Momberg, M. (2016) Understanding pathways to breast cancer diagnosis among women in the Western Cape Province, South Africa: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 6 (1), e009905.
  • Moodley, J., Stefan, D.C., Sewram, V., Ruff, P., Freeman, M. & Asante-Shongwe, K. (2016) An overview of cancer research in South African academic and research institutions, 2013-2014. South African Medical Journal, 106 (6), 607-610.
  • Van Der Heijden, I., Abrahams, N. & Harries, J. (2016) Additional layers of violence: the intersections of gender and disability in the violence experiences of women with physical disabilities in South Africa. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 1-22.


  • Brittain, K., Giddy, J., Myer, L., Cooper, D., Harries, J. & Stinson, K. (2015) Pregnant women’s experiences of male partner involvement in the context of prevention of mother-to-child transmission in Khayelitsha, South Africa. AIDS Care, 27 (8), 1020-1024.
  • Constant, D., de Tolly, K., Harries, J. & Myer, L. (2015) Assessment of completion of early medical abortion using a text questionnaire on mobile phones compared to a self-administered paper questionnaire among women attending four clinics, Cape Town, South Africa. Reproductive Health Matters, 22 (Suppl4), 83-93.
  • Cooper, D., Mantell, J.E., Moodley, J. & Mall, S. (2015) The HIV epidemic and sexual and reproductive health policy integration: views of South Africa policymakers. BMC Public Health, 15, 217-225.
  • De Jager, C.A., Joska, J.A., Hoffman, M., Borochowitz, K.E. & Combrinck, M.I. (2015) Dementia in rural South Africa: a pressing need for epidemiological studies. South African Medical Journal, 105 (30), 189-190.
  • Dreyer, G., van der Merwe, F.H., Botha, M.H., Snyman, L.C., Constant, D., Visser, C. & Harvey, J. (2015) School-based human papillomavirus vaccination: an opportunity to increase knowledge about cervical cancer and improve uptake of screening. South African Medical Journal, 105 (11), 912-916.
  • Harries, J., Gerdts, C., Momberg, M. & Foster, D.G. (2015) An exploratory study of what happens to women who are denied abortions in Cape Town, South Africa. Reproductive Health 12, 21-27.
  • Lince-Deroche, N., Constant, D., Harries, J., Blanchard, K., Sinanovic, E. & Grossman, D. (2015) The costs of accessing abortion in South Africa: women's costs associated with second-trimester abortion services in Western Cape Province. Contraception. 92 (4), 339-344.
  • Moodley, J., Singh, V., Kagina, B., Abdullahi, L. & Hussey, G. (2015) A bibliometric analysis of cancer research in South Africa: study protocol. BMJ Open, 5 (2), e006913.
  • Morroni, C., Bekker, L.G. & Rees, H. (2015) Contraceptive implants and efavirenz-based ART: friend or foe? The Lancet HIV, 2 (11), e454-455.
  • Stern, E., Pascoe, L., Shand, T., Richmond, S (2015). Lessons learned from engaging men in sexual and reproductive health as clients, partners and advocates of change in the Hoima district of Uganda. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17 (supp2), 190-205.


  • Aaro, L.E., Mathews, C., Kaaya, S., Katahoire, A.R., Onya, H., Abraham, C. & de Vries, H. (2014). Promoting sexual and reproductive health among adolescents in southern and eastern Africa (PREPARE): project design and conceptual framework. BMC Public Health, 14, 54.
  • Chadwick, R.J., Cooper, D. & Harries, J. (2014) Narratives of distress about birth in South African public maternity settings. Midwifery, 30 (7), 862-868.
  • Constant, D., de Tolly, K., Harries, J. & Myer L. (2014) Mobile phone messages to provide support to women during the home phase of medical abortion in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial. Contraception. 90 (3), 226-233.
  • Constant, D., Grossman, D., Lince, N. & Harries J. (2014) Self- induction of abortion among women accessing second trimester abortion services in the public sector, Western Cape, South Africa:  An exploratory study. South African Medical Journal, 104 (4), 302-305.
  • De Koker, P., Mathews, C., Zuch, M., Bastien, S., & Mason-Jones, A. J. (2014) A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54 (1), 3-13.
  • De Tolly, K. & Constant, D. (2014) Integrating mobile phones into medical abortion provision: intervention development, use, and lessons learned from a randomized controlled trial. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2 (1), e5.
  • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Fatti, G., Grimwood, A., & Boulle, A. (2014) Antiretroviral adherence interventions in Southern Africa: implications for using HIV treatments for prevention., Current HIV/AIDS Reports, 11 (1), 63-71.
  • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Schaay, N., Cloete, A., Simbayi, L., & Louw, J. (2014) Improving the counselling skills of lay counsellors in antiretroviral adherence settings: A cluster randomised controlled trial in the Western Cape, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 9 (1), 157-165.
  • Gerdts, C., De Pineres, T., Hajri, S., Harries, J., Hossain, H., Puri, M. & Greene Foster, D. (2014) Denial of abortions in legal settings. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 41 (3), 161-3.
  • Grossman, D., Constant D., Lince N., Harries J. & Kluge J. (2014) A randomized trial of misoprostol versus laminaria before dilation and evacuation in South Africa. Contraception, 90 (3), 234.
  • Harries, J., Cooper, D., Strebel, A. & Colvin C. (2014) Conscientious objection and its impact on abortion service provision in South Africa: a qualitative study.  BMC Reproductive Health. 11, 16.
  • Hoke, T., Harries, J., Crede, S., Green, M., Constant, D., Petruney, T. & Moodley, J. (2014) Expanding contraceptive options for PMTCT clients: a mixed methods implementation study in Cape Town, South Africa.  BMC Reproductive Health, 11 (1), 3.
  • Kendall, T., Danel, A., Cooper, D., Dilmitis, S., Kaida, A., ,  Kourtis, A.P., Langer, A., Lapidos-Salaiz, I., Lathrop, A., Moran, A., Sebitloane, H., Turan, J., Watts, D.H. & Wegner M.N. (2014) Eliminating preventable HIV-related maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa: what do we need to know? Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 67 (Suppl4), S250-S258.
  • Leon, N., Mathews, C., Lewin, S., Osler, M., Boulle, A., & Lombard, C. (2014) A comparison of linkage to HIV care after provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) versus voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT) for patients with sexually transmitted infections in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 350.
  • Lurie, M. N., Kirwa, K., Daniels, J., Berteler, M., Kalichman, S.C. & Mathews, C. (2014) High burden of STIs among HIV-infected adults prior to initiation of ART in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 90 (8), 615-619.
  • Mantell, E., Exner, T., Cooper, D., Bai, D., Cheng-Shiun L., Hoffman, S., Myer, L., Moodley, J., Kelvin E.A., Constant, D., Jennings K., Zweigenthal, V. & Stein, Z.A. (2014) Pregnancy intent among a sample of recently diagnosed HIV-positive women and men in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 67 (Supp4), S205–S212.
  • Mbulawa, Z.Z.A., Johnson, L.F., Marais, D.J., Gustavsson, I., Moodley, J.R., Coetzee, D., Gyllensten, U. & Williamson, A-L. (2014) Increased Alpha 9 human papillomavirus species viral load in human immunodeficiency positive women.  BMC Infectious Diseases, 14, 51.
  • McClinton Appollis, T., Mathews, C., de Vries, P. & Lund, C. (2014) Adolescent and adult experiences of being surveyed about violence and abuse: a systematic review of harms, benefits and regrets. American Journal of Public Health, 105 (2), e31-45.
  • Moodley, J., Cooper, D., Mantell, J.E. & Stern, E. (2014) Health care provider perspectives on pregnancy and parenting in HIV-positive individuals in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1), 384.
  • Petersen Williams, P., Jordaan, E., Mathews, C., Lombard, C., & Parry, C.D. (2014) Alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy among women attending midwife obstetric units in the Cape Metropole, South Africa. Advances in Preventive Medicine, 2014, 871427.
  • Russell, M., Cupp, P. K., Jewkes, R. K., Gevers, A., Mathews, C., LeFleur-Bellerose, C., & Small, J. (2014) Intimate partner violence among adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa. Prevention Science, 15 (3), 283-295.
  • Stern, E., & Cooper, D. (2014) Experiences and conceptualizations of sexual debut from the narratives of South African men and women in the context of HIV/AIDS. African Journal of AIDS Research, 13 (2), 121-131.
  • Stern, E., Cooper, D. & Gibbs, A. (2014) Gender differences in South African men and women’s access to and evaluation of informal sources of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information. Sex Education, 15 (1), 48-63.
  • Stern, E., Cooper, D., & Greenbaum, B. (2014) The relationship between hegemonic norms of masculinity and men’s conceptualization of sexually coercive acts by women in South Africa. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (5), 796-817.
  • Stern, E., Rau, A. & Cooper, D. (2014) Sexual and reproductive health perceptions and practices as revealed in the sexual history narratives of South African men living in a time of HIV/AIDS. SAHARA-Journal, 11 (1), 233-244.
  • Townsend, L., Giorgio, M., Zembe, Y., Cheyip, M., & Mathews, C. (2014) HIV prevalence and risk behaviours among foreign migrant women residing in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 18 (10), 2020-2029.
  • Wolpaw, B. J., Mathews, C., Mtshizana, Y., Chopra, M., Hardie, D., Lurie, M. N. & Jennings, K. (2014) Patient experiences following acute HIV infection diagnosis and counseling in South Africa. Plos One, 9 (8), e105459.


  • Balfour, L., Farrar, T., McGilvray, M., Wilson, D., Tasca, G., Spaans, J., Mathews, C., Maziya, L., Siphosihle Khanylie, Dalgleish, T., & Cameron, W.D. (2013) HIV prevention in action on the football field: the Whizzkids United Program in South Africa.  AIDS and Behavior, 17 (6), 2045-2052.
  • Chadwick, R., Cooper, D. & Harries, J. (2013) Narratives of distress about birth in South African public maternity settings: a qualitative study. Midwifery, 30 (7), 862-868.
  • Cooper, D., Moore, E. & Mantell, J. (2013) Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: ‘Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health’. Acta Juridica, 2013, 218-238.
  • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Cloete, A., Schaay, N., Shah, M., Simbayi, L. & Louw, J. (2013) From research to practice: lay adherence counsellors’ fidelity to an evidence-based intervention for promoting adherence to antiretroviral treatment in the Western Cape, South Africa. Aids Behaviour, 17 (9), 2935-45.
  • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Cloete, A., Schaay, N., Simbayi, L., & Louw, J. (2014) Lay counselors' ability to deliver counseling for behavior change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82 (1), 19-29.
  • Eggers, S.M., Aarø, L.E., Bos, A.E.R., Mathews, C. & De Vries, H. (2013) Predicting condom use in South Africa: a test of two integrative models. AIDS and Behavior, 18 (1), 135-45.
  • Ferreira, A., Young, T., Mathews, C., Zunza, M. & Low, N. (2013) Strategies for partner notification for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews. 10, CD002843.
  • Gevers, A., Jewkes, R. & Mathews, C. (2013) What do young people think makes their relationships good? Factors associated with assessments of dating relationships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (9), 1011-1025.
  • Gevers, A., Mathews, C., Cupp, P., Russel, M. & Jewkes, R. (2013) Illegal yet developmentally normative: a descriptive analysis of young, urban adolescents’ dating and sexual behavior in Cape Town, South Africa. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 13 (1), 31.
  • Lai, M.H., Graham, J.W., Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Bradley, S.A., Vergnani, T., Mathews, C., & Wegner, L. (2013) Linking life skills and norms with adolescent substance use and delinquency in South Africa. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23 (1), 128-137.
  • Leon, N., Lewin, S. & Mathews, C. (2013) Implementing a provider-initiated testing and counselling (PITC) intervention in Cape town, South Africa: a process evaluation using the normalisation process model. Implementation Science, 8 (97).
  • Mason Jones, A., Mathews, C. & Flisher, A.J. (2013) Peer education training for sexual health and well-being in public high schools in South Africa: is it enough to change peer educators themselves? Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 25 (1), 35-42.
  • Namisi, F.S., Aarø, L.E., Kaaya, S., Onya, H.E., Wubs, A. & Mathews, C. (2013) Condom use and sexuality communication with adults: a study among high school students in South Africa and Tanzania. BMC Public Health, 13, 874.
  • Taylor, T.N., Mantell, J.E., Nywagi, N., Cishe, N. & Cooper, D. (2013) “He lacks his fatherhood”: safer conception technologies and the biological imperative for fatherhood among recently-diagnosed Xhosa-speaking men living with HIV in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 15 (9), 1101-1114.
  • Townsend, L., Mathews, C. & Zembe, Y. (2013) A systematic review of behavioral interventions to prevent HIV infection and transmission among heterosexual, adult men in low- and middle-income countries. Prevention Science, 14 (1), 88-105.
  • Townsend, L., Zembe, Y., Mathews, C. & Mason-Jones, A.J. (2013). Estimating HIV prevalence and HIV-risk related risk behaviours among heterosexual women who have multiple sex partners using respondent-driven sampling in high risk community in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 62 (4), 457-464.
  • Wubs, A.G., Aaro, L.E., Mathews, C., Onya, H.E. & Mbwambo, J. (2013) Associations between attitudes toward violence and intimate partner violence in South Africa and Tanzania. Violence and Victims, 28 (2), 324-340.
  • Zuch, M., Mathews, .C, De Koker, P., Mtshizana, Y.Y. & Mason-Jones, A. (2013) Evaluation of a Photovoice pilot project for school safety in South Africa. Children, Youth and Environments, 23 (1),180-197.


  • Bastien, S., Mason-Jones, A.J., De Koker, P., Mmbaga, E.J., Ross, D.A., Mathews, C. (2012) Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 infection as a biomarker for sexual debut among young people in sub-Saharan Africa: a literature review. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 23 (11), 761-766.
  • Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Collins, L.M., Graham, J.W., Lai, M., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., Mathews, C. & Jacobs, J. (2012) Translational research in South Africa: evaluating implementation quality using a factorial design. Child Youth Care Forum, 41 (2), 119-136.
  • Crede, S., Hoke, T., Constant, D., Green, M., Moodley, J. & Harries, J. (2012) Factors impacting use of long acting and permanent contraceptive methods by postpartum HIV positive and negative women in Cape Town, South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 12, 197.
  • Dewing, S., Mathews, C., Schaay, N., Cloete, A., Louw, J. & Simbayi, L. (2012) "It's important to take your medication everyday okay?" An evaluation of counselling by lay counsellors for ARV adherence support in the Western Cape, South Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (1), 203-212.
  • Gevers, A., Jewkes, R., Mathews, C. & Flisher, A.J. (2012) “I think it’s about experiencing, like, life”: a qualitative exploration of contemporary adolescent intimate relationships in South Africa. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14 (10), 1125-1137.
  • Harries, J., Lince, N., Constant, D., Hargey, A. & Grossman, D. (2012) The challenges of offering public second trimester abortion services in South Africa: healthcare providers’ perspectives. Journal of Biosocial Science, 44 (2), 197-208.
  • Hoffman, M., Coetzee, D., Hodes, R. & London, L. (2012) From comprehensive medicine to public health at the University of Cape Town: a 40-year journey. South African Medical Journal, 102 (6), 442-445.
  • Mason-Jones, A.J., Crisp, C., Momberg, M., Koech, J., De Koker, P. & Mathews, C. (2012) A systematic review of the role of school-based health care in adolescent sexual, reproductive and mental health. Systematic Reviews Journal, 1, 49.
  • Mathews, C., Aarø, L.E., Grimsrud, A., Flisher, A.J., Kaaya, S., Onya, H., Schaalma, H., Wubs, A.G., Mukoma, W. & Klepp, K-I. (2012) The effects of the SATZ teacher-led school HIV prevention programmes on adolescent sexual behaviour: cluster randomised controlled trials in three sub-Saharan African sites. International Health, 4 (2),111-122.
  • Meiring, T.L., Salimo, A.T., Coetzee, B., Maree, H.J., Moodley, J., Hitzeroth, I.I., Freeborough, M.J., Rybicki, E.P. &Williamson, A.L. (2012) Next-generation sequencing of cervical DNA detects human papillomavirus types not detected by commercial kits. Virology Journal, 9 (1), 164.
  • Sharp, E.H., Coffman, D.L., Caldwell, L.L., Smith, E.A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T. & Mathews, C.  Predicting substance use behavior among South African adolescents: the role of leisure experiences across time.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35 (4), 343-351.
  • Vu, L., Andrinopoulos, K., Mathews, C., Chopra, M., Kendall, C. & Eisele, T.P. (2012) Disclosure of HIV status to sex partners among HIV-infected men and women in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behaviour, 16 (1), 132-138.


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