Mark Tomlinson is based in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. His scholarly work has involved a diverse range of topics that have in common an interest in factors that contribute to compromised maternal health, to understanding infant and child development in contexts of high adversity, and how to develop community based intervention programmes. He has received research grants from the Wellcome Trust (UK), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); National Institute of Drug Abuse (USA); National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the Department for International Development (DfID -UK), and recently from Grand Challenges Canada. He has published over 130 papers in peer reviewed journals, edited two books and published numerous chapters. He is an Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal, and is also on the Editorial Boards of PLoS Medicine; Psychology, Health and Medicine; International Health; and Mental Health and Prevention.