Academic and professional background.
Lazarus is an AMARI Post-doctoral fellow from the University of Zimbabwe.
He obtained a Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe, and taught in a number of primary schools for 10 years, obtained a BA from University of South Africa and specialized in Economics and Psychology, a BSc Special Honours in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe.
He holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Zimbabwe before going to work at a teachers’ college for 3 years and the University of Zimbabwe for fifteen years now, where he specialises in teaching, research and community service.
He has work experience in psychotherapy and currently awaits an award for a DPHIL degree in Psychiatry from The University of Zimbabwe
His research interests include indigenous knowledge systems, the use of African traditional medicine, what traditional healers do and why some people seek therapy in African traditional medicine.
He is particularly interested in the integration of cultural knowledge into modern therapy, or adoption of traditional methods into the multidisciplinary team of mental health treatment, or clinical interventions for the treatment of mental disorders using culturally appropriate therapy.
His work for AMARI fellowship investigates the efficacy of African Traditional Medicine in the care and treatment of mental disorders in Zimbabwe. He is also interested in the management of common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, or somatisation”
Currently he is working on a curriculum in giving health information to patients using cultural competence communication by Medical Students for Behavioural Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe.
Supervisors and affiliations
Supervisor: Prof E. Gomo: (PhD, Research Support Centre, University of Zimbabwe)
External Supervisor: Tonya Taylor (PhD, Dept. of Medicine/Special Treatment & Research Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, USA)