The Team


Christina Zarowsky

Prof Cchristina_small.jpghristina Zarowsky was appointed as a professor in the School of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Research in HIV and AIDS in 2009. A medical doctor from Canada, Christina has specialized in public health and medical anthropology. She was founding leader of the IDRC’s Governance, Equity and Health (GEH) programme initiative, which examines public health and health systems issues from a governance perspective, emphasising civic engagement, attention to power process, and strengthening linkages between research, policy, practice and social change.

Christina’s professional experience includes clinical practice in northern and rural Canada, consultancy work in international and refugee health, teaching, and research in anthropology, international development, and community mental health at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. She has degrees from the universities of Toronto (Canada), McMaster (Canada), Harvard (USA), and McGill (Canada). 

A list of her publications and the theses she has supervised to completion can be found here.

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Tamlin Petersen

tami_small.jpgAs the Centre’s Administrative Co-ordinator, Tamlin Petersen is responsible for co-ordinating a range of the Centre’s activities, especially the annual symposia and a range of other public events  Although Tamlin has been with the Centre since 2009, she has worked with the School of Public Health since 2002, particularly offering part-time support for the Summer and Winter School Programmes.

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Emma Chademana

emma_pic.jpg Emma  Chademana joined the Centre for Research in HIV&AIDS in 2011 as Project Administrative Co-ordinator for the multi-year PEPFAR-CDC programme. Prior to this she worked for the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as for the Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme, Durban and World Vision International (Zimbabwe).
Currently registered for a PhD, Emma’s  research interests lie in HIV/ AIDS, sustainable livelihoods, quality of life and orphans and vulnerable children.

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 Extraordinary professors


The following Extraordinary Professors in the School of Public Health have a primary connection with the Centre for Research for HIV and AIDS:

Prof Naeemah Abrahams, Medical Research Council, South Africa

Prof Sally Guttmacher, New York University, USA

Prof Harry Hausler, TB/HIV Care Association, South Africa


Prof Naeemah Abrahams,   PhD Public Health (UCT), MPhil Public Health (UWC), Dip Paediatric Nursing (RXH), Dip Community Health (PenTech), Nursing Dip General Nursing and  Midwifery (GSH)
Naeemah Abrahams is the deputy director of the Gender and Health Research Unit of the Medical Research Council. She has a nursing background and completed a Masters in Public Health at UWC in 1997, followed by a PhD in Community Health in 2002 at the University of Cape Town. Her research focus includes gender-based violence and the interface between this and HIV. Her work on intimate partner violence has included a range of topics like men as perpetrators; risk factors for perpetrating intimate partner violence;  femicide;  the role of guns in gender-based violence; health sector responses to gender-based violence;  sexual assault services;  prevention of HIV following a sexual assault;  HIV stigma;  mental health;  and burden of disease studies exploring gender-based violence as a risk factor for health outcomes.  Prof Abrahams is the author of more than 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and many other research reports. She was a collaborator on the WHO multi-country study on violence against women and is currently a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease study working with global data on interpersonal violence.


Prof Sally Guttmacher, BA, MPhil, PhD
Sally Guttmacher is Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University (NYU), where she is also Director of the MPH Programme in Community Health.  She has extensive research, teaching, and accreditation experience and has been actively involved in accrediting and advising on the development of public health programmes.   Her focus areas are public health education, gender, migration, equity, and substance abuse in relation to reproductive health and HIV.  Most recently this has taken the form of interests in the use of community health workers employed by community-based organisations in educating ethnic communities in the prevention of coronary heart disease; and the health risks encountered by cross-border migrants in South Africa.
Prof Guttmacher has longstanding collaborations in South Africa with the University of Cape Town and the Medical Research Council – and since August 2010 has also been working with the Centre for Research in HIV and AIDS in the SOPH where she participated in the early development of the HARICCI programme (HIV and AIDS Research in Complex Contexts of Inequality) and where she is a sabbaticant from October 2012 to May 2013.

Prof Guttmacher is a consultant on medical education for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where she sits on a panel funding interventions developed to promote the use of various types of vaccines to prevent infectious disease in the USA.


Prof Harry Hausler, BSc (British Columbia), MDCM (McGill), MPH (Johns Hopkins), PhD (London)
Harry Hausler is a family physician and preventive medicine specialist. In 1995 he worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and from 1996 to 2003 was the National TB/HIV Technical Advisor in the South African Department of Health.  A two-year period at the SOPH from 2005 to 2007 was followed by his continuing with the School in an honorary capacity.  Prof Hausler’s current interests include developing systems and capacity to assist with comprehensive HIV and TB prevention and treatment in the context of comprehensive primary health care – and to this end he co-ordinates operational research focused on implementing and evaluating a comprehensive programme of TB/HIV/STI prevention, care and support.   As the Chief Executive Officer of the non-governmental organisation TB/HIV Care Association, he is the principal investigator of a number of research projects:  two CDC-PEPFAR co-operative agreements on comprehensive HIV and TB prevention in the general population (in six districts) and among sex workers (in Cape Metro and Ethekwini); a Stop TB Partnership TB REACH project in Sisonke district; and a Global Fund project to increase HIV and TB case finding and treatment in correctional facilities in the Western Cape.