Watson Institute at Brown University
Africa Initiative

BRIDGES Symposium: Cutting-Edge Research by Young South African Scholars

Monday, October 2, 2023

3:00pm – 5:00pm

McKinney Conference Room (353), 3rd Floor 

Five soon-to-be minted PhD scholars from South Africa who are visiting Brown for a three-week mini-sabbatical will be sharing 10-minute presentations drawn from their dissertation research. The five visiting scholars are part of a collaborative NIH-funded Brown University/University of Cape Town training partnership and program – BRIDGES – geared to increase the diversity and quality of doctoral training in public health in South Africa.

Shehani Perera, University of Cape Town

Assisted partner notification: a qualitative study of providers’ and female patients’ perceptions and experiences of APN

Chantal Fowler, University of Cape Town

“Theory of Change” in intervention design and implementation: perspectives and experiences of role-players in a combination HIV intervention program for Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa

Tsidiso Maxwele, University of Cape Town

Understanding the role of romantic relationships on adolescent boys’ sexual and reproductive health.

Laing de Villiers, Stellenbosch University

Gender identity among transgender and gender diverse people in the Western Cape, South Africa; implications for HIV
and Health Services

Namhla Sicwebu, University of Cape Town

Exploring adolescent food practices and choices: An ethnographic study