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Prof Charles ParryProf Charles Parry (Cape Town)
Director
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070
Tygerberg 7505
South Africa

Tel: +27-21-938-0419
Fax: +27-21-938-0342
E-mail: cparry@mrc.ac.za

Prof Charles Parry is a substance abuse epidemiologist/policy analyst. Trained in South Africa and the USA in clinical/community psychology and mathematical statistics he has published over 200 indexed journal articles and co-authored two books: Alcohol Policy & Public Health in South Africa (1998) and Alcohol and the Developing World: A public Health Perspective (2002). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Substance Abuse: Treatment, Prevention & Policy; Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation; the African Journal of Drug & Alcohol Studies, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation, the International Journal of Alcohol & Drug Research, and International Journal of Drug Science, Policy & Law. He has advised provincial/national government on a variety of issues related to alcohol and drug policy and was involved in the formulation of South Africa’s National Drug Master Plan in 1999 and its revision in 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems and in 2010 was appointed to the technical advisory group of the UNODC/WHO joint programme on drug dependence, treatment and care, and the board of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. He was appointed chair of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Alcohol & Drug Epidemiology for 12 months from November 2015. He holds a National Research Foundation B1 rating (Internationally Acclaimed Researcher – Level 1).

Dr Neo MorojeleProf Neo Morojele (Pretoria)
Deputy Director

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Medical Research Council, Private Bag X385
Pretoria, 0001
South Africa
Tel: +27-12-339-8535
Fax: +27-12-339-8594
E-mail: Neo.Morojele@mrc.ac.za

Prof Neo Morojele is a Chief Specialist Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She received her first degree in Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe in 1985, an MSc (Psychology of Education) at the Institute of Education of the University of London in 1988, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, in 1994. During 1998-1999 she spent one year at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York on a NIDA/INVEST postdoctoral programme. Prof Morojele has experience in conducting substance abuse research in treatment, school, bar, hospital and community settings. Her current research focuses mainly on alcohol use and HIV; adolescent substance use; and alcohol policy-related investigations. She is the Associate Editor for Africa for the Journal of Substance Use; an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies; and a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. Prof Morojele is a member of the WHO Expert Working Group on the Classification of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders.  

Dr Bronwyn MyersProf Bronwyn Myers (Cape Town)
Chief Specialist Scientist
E-mail: bronwyn.myers@mrc.ac.za

Prof Bronwyn Myers is a Chief Specialist Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council, where she leads the Intervention Research sub-stream.  She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Cape Town and a M. Soc Sci in Clinical Psychology from University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. She is registered as a clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She has an honorary appointment at the level of Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, where she co-chairs the Division of Addiction Psychiatry.  Over the last 15 years her work has focused on improving access to and the quality of care for vulnerable populations through delivering behavioural interventions to reduce substance use and HIV risk and integrating evidence-based mental health services into health systems. She is the principal investigator or South African PI of several US NIH-funded clinical trials as well as the holder of a British MRC and Wellcome Trust-funded implementation science grant. Her expertise in substance abuse treatment and HIV has been acknowledged via invitations to serve on an International Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Drug Use and World Health Organisation working groups on the development and assessment of global substance abuse treatment services.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Harm Reduction International, and an affiliate of RTI’s Global Gender Center. She serves on the editorial or advisory board of several international journals and is an associate editor for a local journal.  Prof Myers has published extensively on the topics of substance use disorders, vulnerable populations, HIV, access to treatment and provision of evidence-based practices for substance use disorders in South Africa. She is a founding member of the South African Young Academy of Science and a recipient of the International Society of Psychology’s “Psychology for change” fellowship award.

Dr Nandi Siegfried (Cape Town)
Chief Specialist Scientist

E-mail: nandi.siegfried@gmail.com

Nandi Siegfried is a Chief Specialist Scientist based part-time in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She has a medical degree from the University of Cape Town and an MPH (Hons) from the University of Sydney, Australia. She holds a specialist Fellowship in the College of Public Health Medicine and was a Nuffield Medical Fellow at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2007, where she obtained a DPhil in Clinical Epidemiology. Her research expertise includes systematic review methodology, the conduct and quality of clinical trials, and using evidence to inform clinical guidelines and policy, primarily in the HIV/AIDS and alcohol and other drug fields. In addition to her ATODRU work, she consults independently including contributing as technical adviser and methodological facilitator of several World Health Organization Guidelines Development Groups. She holds several associate positions including an honorary clinical professorship at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics. Her work in ATODRU focuses on ensuring methodological rigour and promoting interventional research.

Belinda ChamberlainBelinda Chamberlain (Cape Town)
Unit Contracts Administrator
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070
Tygerberg 7505
South Africa
Tel: +27-21-938-0324
Fax: +27-21-938-0342
E-mail: Belinda.chamberlain@mrc.ac.za

Belinda Chamberlain is responsible for assisting the Unit Director and Programme Managers with financial/contractual issues. Some of the tasks include keeping an up-to-date database of projects/contracts, monitoring of income and expenditure reports, preparing certain sections of the annual budget application; assisting with the preparation of the annual parliamentary report; ensuring the optimal function of the unit through ongoing development of knowledge management systems. Ad hoc support to the Unit Director on a broad range of issues such as hosting of international seminars, strategic planning and other events, working with programme managers in developing proposals and dealing with funders.

Dr Connie KekwaletsweDr Connie Kekwaletswe (Pretoria)
Specialist Scientist
Tel: +27-12-339-8504
Fax: +27-12-339-8594
E-mail: Connie.Kekwaletswe@mrc.ac.za

Dr Kekwaletswe is employed as a Specialist Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate training in the USA; she has an MSc and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology. Dr Kekwaletswe is registered as a Clinical Psychologist (Independent Practice) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She has a myriad of clinical experiences with diverse populations across the lifespan and various settings. In line with her behavioural medicine subspecialty, Dr Kekwaletswe currently manages a behavioural randomised controlled trial (RCT) being conducted in clinics in the Tshwane Municipality amongst antiretroviral therapy recipients who drink alcohol at hazardous or harmful levels. Dr Kekwaletswe has a special research interest in the social and behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS, as well as adapting interventions for HIV/AIDS developed in other contexts to be culture and context sensitive for the local setting. 

Nadine Harker BurnhamsDr Nadine Harker Burnhams (Cape Town)
Senior Scientist

E-mail: nadine.harker@mrc.ac.za

Dr Nadine Harker Burnhams is employed as a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town and currently holds the position of honorary research associate at the UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, technical research reports, and policy documents on the topic of substance abuse prevention, and presented at conferences locally and internationally. She has co-authored a book titled Alcohol, Drugs and Employment. She has advised local, provincial and national government on issues related to alcohol and drug abuse prevention and policy and has acted as a technical advisor and consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the drafting of guidelines for substance abuse prevention initiatives in the workplace as well as the UNODC International Prevention Standards for Drug Use. She has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Dr Burnhams is currently the national head of the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU), a project that aims to provide community-level public health surveillance of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use trends and associated consequences. Her specific interests are in improving the quality of substance abuse prevention services, monitoring and evaluating the performance and outcomes of such services, and designing and implementing substance abuse prevention services for the work sector.

Petal PetersenDr Petal Petersen Williams (Cape Town)
Senior Scientist
Tel: +27-21-938-0337
E-mail: Petal.Petersen@mrc.ac.za

Dr Petal Petersen Williams is employed as a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She has a PhD in Public Health and Family Medicine from the University of Cape Town. She has been an investigator on several studies including several PEPFAR-funded studies of the interface between substance use and HIV, exploration of substance use among pregnant women in health care settings and other substance-related interventions situated within health care settings and worked closely with the Western Cape Department of Health on some of these initiatives. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and technical research reports and policy documents, and presented at conferences locally and internationally on these topics. Her specific interests include the integration of mental health services in primary health care, monitoring and evaluating the performance and outcomes of such services, and the development and implementation of behavioural interventions aimed at reducing alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy and among women of child-bearing age.

Tara CarneyDr Tara Carney (Cape Town)
Senior Scientist
Tel: +27-21-938-0326
E-mail: tara.carney@mrc.ac.za

Dr Tara Carney is employed as a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She has a PhD from Psychiatry and Mental Health Department from the University of Cape Town. She has been involved in substance abuse projects funded by NICHD, NIAAA, NIDA, and PEPFAR-funded project on drugs and HIV in Southern Africa. Dr Carney is also a Marie Curie Fellow and Work Package Leader on the CodeMisused Project funded by the European Union. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and technical research reports, on the topics of substance abuse screening, brief intervention, HIV prevention for substance users and adolescent substance use and has presented on these topics at local and international conferences, and reviewed articles for peer-reviewed journals.  Her specific research interests include intervention work in general and specifically aimed at adolescents who engage in substance use and delinquent behaviour, as well as issues around gender in substance use services.

Siphokazi DadaSiphokazi Dada (Cape Town)
Scientist

E-mail: siphokazi.dada@mrc.ac.za

Ms Siphokazi Dada is a Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She has a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of London. She is currently registered as a PhD student at the University of Stellenbosch and her area of interest is misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicines, particularly codeine She manages the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use, a drug trends monitoring system operational throughout South Africa’s nine provinces. She coordinates data collection across sites, analyse data and write reports n for this project. She also participates in other epidemiological research being conducted in the unit. Ms Dada is also a Marie Curie Fellow on the CODEMISUSED Project funded by the European Union.

Kim Johnson Kim Johnson (Cape Town and Delft) 
Project Leader
Tel: +27 21 938 0364
E-mail: Kim.Johnson@mrc.ac.za 

Kim Johnson is a Chief Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She has a Master’s degree in Psychological Research from the University of Stellenbosch, where she also received training in monitoring and programme evaluation. She works in the Unit’s substance abuse services research stream and has more than five years of experience working on randomized controlled trials of substance abuse interventions. Studies that she is currently working includes the Service Quality Measures (SQM) and Young Women’s Health CoOp

Jodilee ErasmusJodilee Erasmus (Cape Town)
Junior Scientist

Tel: +27 21 938 0313
E-mail: Jodilee.erasmus@mrc.ac.za

Jodilee Erasmus completed her honours in Psychology and is currently registered as a MPhil student at the University of Cape Town. She is employed as a Junior Scientist within the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.  She is the Western Cape data coordinator for the South African Community Epidemiology Network of Drug Use (SACENDU) Her primary responsibilities include data collection, and collation, analysis and writing She also coordinates fieldwork activities which require site supervision, the supervision of field staff, quality control and project administration.

Yuche Jacobs
Senior Research Technologist (Cape Town)

Tel. +27-21-938-0240
E-mail: yuche.jacobs@mrc.ac.za

Yuche Jacobs is a Senior Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit. He obtained his Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor. He is primarily responsible for the training and supervision of lay counsellors on Project MIND, a study focusing on strengthening health systems by incorporating mental health care into chronic disease services. Other key duties include project administration and ensuring effective community engagement through social and media channels. He was recently selected as an AMARI fellow by the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town to complete his MPhil in Public Mental Health. This will serve to further develop his interests and expertise in the integration of mental health services in primary health care, among others.

Lesley-Ann Erasmus-Claassen Lesley-Ann  Erasmus-Claassen 
Senior Research Technologist (Cape Town)

Tel. +27-21-938-0857/0223
Cell. +27-72 116 9423
E-mail: Lesley-ann.erasmus@mrc.ac.za

Lesley-Ann Erasmus-Claassen is currently employed as a Senior Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (B Psych) from the University of the Western Cape and is registered with the Health Professions Council South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor. She is primarily responsible for data collection, quality control and assurance, study coordination, the supervision and training of field staff, and project administration for the Project MIND study.

Kholiswa DubeKholiswa Dube (Cape Town)
Senior Officer

Tel: +27 21 938 0946
E-mail: Kholiswa.Dube@mrc.ac.za

The Senior Officer provides support to ATODRU staff by assisting with various tasks which contributes to the smooth and efficient running of the Unit. Her responsibilities includes: organizing the SACENDU meetings; editing and distribution of the 6-monthly SACENDU Proceedings, maintaining databases, leave control and secretarial support. She is also providing support to specific projects by arranging meetings, travel arrangements, liaising with NGOs and district social service offices and is responsible for the procurement of goods, services and supplies for the projects.

Nombuso Moshiga Nombuso Moshiga (Cape Town)
Senior Research Technologist

Email: Nombuso.Moshiga@mrc.ac.za

Nombuso Moshiga is a Senior Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She obtained an Honours degree in Development Studies majoring in social policy and a BA degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology from the University of the Western Cape. Her future plans is to obtain a Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation as her main interest is development management, planning and policy. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for Project MIND, a study focusing on strengthening health systems by incorporating mental health care into chronic disease care. Her responsibilities include translating intervention material into isiXhosa, assist with the training of field staff, liaising with suitable organizations for participant referrals and provide the necessary skills to conduct qualitative interviews.

Hlombekazi Sybil Majokweni Hlombekazi Sybil Majokweni  (Cape Town)
Research Assistant

Tel. +27-21-938-0364
E-mail: sybil.majokweni@mrc.ac.za

Hlombekazi Sybil Majokweni is currently employed as a Research Assistant in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. She completed a Political Science Honors degree from the University of Fort Hare and also studied at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) and linked herself with projects advocating for social change through policy research and community development programmes.  She is primarily working on the Pre-treatment study focusing on linking young women to treatment for substance and sexual abuse. Her trajectory to date includes working in international development and humanitarian aid with a special interest in Africa’s advancement and woman empowerment. Sybil has also worked on a randomized controlled trial of a parenting support programme in South Africa.

Sebenzile Nkosi Sebenzile Nkosi (Pretoria)
Senior Scientist

Tel:  +27-12-339-8531
Fax: +27-12-339-8594

Email: sebenzile.nkosi@mrc.ac.za

Sebenzile Nkosi is a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She holds an MA degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She has worked mainly on intervention projects on alcohol consumption, HIV, and ART use. She is studying towards a PhD with University of South Africa (UNISA). Her PhD project entitled “Masculinities and Mental Health among Male Inmates and Parolees” examines the role of masculinities in sexual violence perpetration and victimisation and the mental health outcomes following such sexual violence experiences.

Naledi KitleliNaledi Kitleli (Pretoria)
Scientist
Tel:  +27-12-339-8510
Fax: +27-12-339-8594

E-mail: nkitleli@mrc.ac.za

Naledi Kitleli is a scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. Prior to working at ATODRU she obtained her honors in Psychology at Rhodes University and completed her BA at Howard University in Washington D.C. Her primary role as a sub-investigator for the Alcohol/HIV bar study in drinking venues in bars and taverns in Pretoria are to coordinate CAB meeting, manage fieldworkers, facilitate with trainings and other administration activities regarding the project.  On the urban project she is responsible for the counsellor subcomponent of the study. Her primary role on the Flagship project is to provide research support, qualitative analysis, quality control of questionnaires and managing health counsellors.

Elmarie Nel Elmarie Nel (Pretoria)
Chief Research Technologist (S1)
Tel: +27 12 339 8626
Fax: +27-12-339-8594
E-mail: Elmarie.nel@mrc.ac.za

Ms Elmarie Nel is a Chief Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council.  She is responsible for the coordination and management of fieldwork for various projects which includes personnel, logistic and financial management of fieldwork operations. She studied at the University of Free State and worked for many years in the field of Community Health as the manager of all health clinics within the Mangaung Metropolitian Municipal Area.. She was also councillor of the Bloemfontein Municipality and was involved in their HIV/AIDS programme. Currently she is involved in the Flagship project:’ Effectiveness of an alcohol-focused intervention in improving adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and HIV treatment outcomes’ at four research sites in Tshwane, South Africa.

Mrs Eileen RichMrs Eileen Rich (Pretoria)
Project Manager

Tel: +27-12-339-8535
Fax: +27-12-339-8594
E-mail: eileen.rich@mrc.ac.za

Eileen Rich has a Masters degree in Research Psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA).  Currently she is employed as a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. Research she has been involved with includes an HIV Prevention Intervention study based in bars and shebeens in rural areas in North West Province and a international study exploring the extent of codeine misuse.  Before joining the MRC she worked for the UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology (UCAP) and managed a variety of projects dealing with discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in various sectors of society. She is also a trauma counsellor.

Mr. Frans MasangoMr. Frans Masango (Pretoria)
Research Technologist

Tel: 012 339 8621
Fax: 012 339 8594

E-mail: Frans.masango@mrc.ac.za

Frans Masango is a Research Technologist in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council.  He is responsible for the coordination and management of fieldwork on two projects being conducted in bars and taverns in two rural areas and one semi-urban area of North West province. Previously, he worked on a bar-based study conducted in two urban areas of Tshwane. He has a HIV/AIDS care and counselling certificate and is also studying towards a BSC- Computer Science and Psychology degree at UNISA.

Rose ChoeuRose Choeu (Pretoria)
Senior Administrator
Tel: 27 12 339 8620
Fax:  27 86 675 5941
E-mail: Mathokwa.choeu@mrc.ac.za

Mathokwa Rose Choeu holds a Certificate in Practical Bookkeeping and Accounting and she is a member of the Institute of Certified Book Keepers and Accountants (ICBA). She also holds a Certificate of Fundamentals of Pastel Accounting and a Public Sector Financial Management Certificate (PFMA). She provides administrative support for two units ATODRU and HSRU. the research staff based in Pretoria. She is responsible for administration, organizing and coordinating functions, organizing local and international travel arrangements, procuring office equipment and supplies, monitoring project expenditure, maintaining of data base for research material and overall office management.

Mukhethwa Londani Mukhethwa Londani  (Pretoria)
Data Manager

Tel.  +27-21-339-8537
Fax: + 27 86 675 5941
E-mail: mukhethwa.londani@mrc.ac.za

Mukhethwa Londani is currently employed as a Data Manager in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. He obtained a BSc degree in Statistics and Mathematics at the University of Venda in 2006, a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics and an Honours degree in Statistics from University of the Western Cape. He is a member of the young African Statisticians since 2011. He worked with different types of datasets and his analytical skills involves Analysing abilities, Programming and Reporting. His analysis interest includes linear regression and Relative Weights, Logistic regression, Discriminant analysis, Segmentation/Cluster analysis, Conjoint and correspondence analysis.

Associate staff

Prof Arvin Bhana (HSRC)    abhana@hsrc.ac.za
Dr Marie Claire van Hout (Waterford Inst Tech)   mcvh@eircom.net
Dr Karen Jacobsen (Boston University) kjacobso@bu.edu
Dr Amina Saban aminasaban@new.co.za
Dr Paul Shuper

paul.shuper@uconn.edu

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