currently work as a Senior Specialist Scientist at the Mental health, Alcohol, Substance use & Tobacco Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council.

Principal investigator

Global Adult Tobacco Survey - South Africa (GATS-SA)


Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)

Professional Registration

Health Professions Council of South Africa – Registered Research Psychologist

NRF Rating


2020 to 2025

My Research Interests

The broad spectrum of tobacco control with special focus on tobacco control policy, aetiology and epidemiology of tobacco use, tobacco use cessation, tobacco industry documents and monitoring research. I also have interest in the commercial determinants of health as well as mental health

My Vision

Towards a tobacco and nicotine-free world

My Passion

In addition to research, building the next generation of researchers and health advocates, especially for tobacco control in Africa


South African Medical Research Council Women in Science Award 2020

The British Council UK-Researchers Link Travel Grant, 2014


  • Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California,
    San Francisco, USA
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Discipline of Psychology, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal [PRogramme for Improving Mental health Care (PRIME)-South Africa AND Emerging Mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (EMERALD)
  • Visiting Researcher
    (UK-Researchers Link Visiting Scholar)

    Institute of Psychiatry,
    Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Health Services and Population Research, King’s College,
  • PhD
    (Psychology and Health Promotion)
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
    South Africa
  • MEd
    (Counselling Psychology),
    University of Benin, Nigeria
  • BSc(Ed)
    (Biology & Education),
    University of Benin, Nigeria
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