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I am working on a project that explores how the ethics review process could help address some of the complexities in stakeholder engagement in clinical trials of HIV prevention products. I am currently registered as a PhD candidate at UKZN.
February 2021 - present
- In my role at HAVEG, I am responsible for conducting conceptual and empirical research into ethico-legal issues in HIV prevention trials (HPTs). This involves reviewing ethics guidance and literature; collecting and analyzing empirical data; engaging with stakeholders; writing up technical reports, developing resources, and writing and publishing manuscripts. My current focus is on the complexities of stakeholder engagement in HPTs and how ethics review may strengthen stakeholder engagement.
Ethics guidance recommends that researchers engage stakeholders and that RECs review research for such engagement. The ethics review process may present a unique opportunity to support stakeholder engagement practices for HIV prevention studies. We conducted 28 interviews with experts from 12 countries to explore this issue, and analyzed the data u...
Background. All health researchers in South Africa (SA) are explicitly encouraged by the ethicolegal framework to engage stakeholders meaningfully in their research. Research ethics committees (RECs) have a role to play in shaping researchers’ practices in this regard, but very little research has explored how RECs might best achieve this. Objectiv...
Introduction Clinical trials of biomedical HIV prevention modalities require the cooperation of multiple stakeholders. Key stakeholders, such as community members, may have stark vulnerabilities. Consequently, calls for HIV prevention researchers to implement “stakeholder engagement” are increasingly common. Such engagement is held to benefit inter...
Trust is a key element of high-quality stakeholder relations, which are themselves essential for the success of HIV vaccine trials. Where trust is absent, community stakeholders might not volunteer to become involved in key trial activities, and potential participants might not volunteer for enrollment. We explored site staff and Community Advisory...
The burgeoning increase in Internet access and use in South Africa and globally has opened a new doorway for provision of mental health services online. This descriptive study focuses specifically on psychotherapeutic services provided by South African psychologists. Draft guidelines for online therapy were developed and a sample of South African r...
Sexual offending is a global problem but is particularly prevalent on the African continent and in South Africa. Childhood experiences related to abuse, alcohol use, and criminal activities in the household and community has been associated with an increased risk for violence perpetration in adulthood. Less is known about sexual violence perpetrati...
Most traditional theories in the field of sexual selection generally imply a heterosexual bias when illustrating the biological functionality of sexual behaviour. It is suggested by several traditional theorists that attractive features are often advertisements for reproductive potential and benefits. Putative pheromones are said to be one of these...