Prof Linda Skaal

Profession & Current Position
Director: School of Health Care Sciences

Area of Expertise
Public Health (Social & Behavioral Studies)

University of Limpopo Vice Chancelor’s Research Awards - for:

  • Best Overall Female Research (2015 and 2017).
  • Best Established Researcher in the Faculty (2015 and 2017)
  • Researcher with Largest External Research Funding (2012 and 2015)

Qualifications & Designation/s

  • Doctor of Public Health Degree (UL)
  • Master of Public Health (UL)
  • BSc Physiotherapy (MEDUNSA)
  • Cert Assessment and Moderation (Rhodes)

Top Publications

  1. Supa Pengpid,  Linda Skaal, Hendry van der Heever, Karl Peltzer and Guido Van Hal . Screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems in Dr George Mukhari Hospital out-patients in Gauteng, South Africa: a single-blinded randomized controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health 2012;12:127 (IF: 2.08)
  2. Skaal L, Pengpid S. The Predictive Validity And Effects Of Using The Transtheoretical Model To Increase The Physical Activity Of Healthcare Workers In A Public Hospital In South Africa. Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2012;1:1-8 (IF: 0.33;)
  3. Huis In 't Veld, D., Skaal, L., Peltzer, K., Colebunders, R., Ndimande, J.V., & Pengpid, S. (2012). The efficacy of a brief intervention to reduce alcohol misuse in patients with HIV in South Africa: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Trials, 13(1), 190; doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-13-190. (Impact factor, 2.364.)
  4. Phetla CM., Skaal L.. Perceptions of Health Care Professionals Regarding their own bodyweight in selected public hospitals in Mpumalanga, South Africa. S Afr Med J, 2017;107(4):338-341 ISSN: 2078-5135 | Print ISSN: 0256-9574 Impact factor: 1.345
  5. Supa Pengpid, Karl Peltzer, Linda Skaal and Hendry Van der Heever, 2013 Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use among hospital outpatients in South Africa: results from a randomized controlled trial BMC Public Health 2013, 13:644  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-644 (IF: 2.08)
  6. Pengpid, S., Peltzer, K., Skaal, L. (2014) Efficacy of a church-based lifestyle intervention programme to control high normal blood pressure and/or high normal blood glucose in church members: a randomized controlled trial in Pretoria, South Africa. BMC Public Health 2014, 14(1):568  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-568. (IF: 2.08 )

Featured in the Media

  • Obesity in the SA Workforce.
  • Task team for development of Strategic Plan for Obesity Management in SA.

Association to the SAMRC

  • Previously a board member for the SAMRC (2016-2019).
  • Prior to that, a recipient of SAMRC-Swedish Forte grant for improvement of maternal health in Limpopo Province.