Biography

 

I am currently a candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where my interests relate to the implementation of rights-based approaches to mental health in low and middle-income countries.

In addition, I am a Researcher at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard, a Research Associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Originally from South Africa, I holds Master's Degrees in Clinical Psychology and International Policy, with a specialization in Development and Human Rights, the latter obtained as a Fulbright Scholar.

My professional work has ranged from clinical psychotherapy and assessment in community health settings such as HIV and TB clinics in South Africa to broader policy research work to working as a Senior Researcher with the South African Human Rights Commission, where my work on Equality focused on numerous vulnerable groups, including women, people with disabilities, refugees and LGBTI populations. Presently, I am a Program Officer in Mental Health and Rights at the Open Society Foundations, focusing on financing and development of best practice in rights-based approaches to mental health care and psychosocial support services in low and middle-income countries.

 

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