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post-doctoral research consultant, PRICELESS-SA, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand

I graduated with a BSc Occupational Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1986. In 1990 I obtained an MA from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University (Massachusetts), funded by a Fulbright Fellowship. Having worked as an occupational therapist in South Africa, the USA and New Zealand for over 30 years - with numerous road crash survivors amongst my caseload - I then embarked on PhD research into the bioethics of road safety in the Johannesburg minibus taxi industry. I graduated in 2019 and in mid-2020 took up a post-doctoral research consultant role within Priceless (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening) in the Wits School of Public Health. Here, I am part of the international Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) network - specifically, I'm in a small team which is conducting a systematic review of travel behaviour in Africa and the Caribbean. This will include an analysis of transport equity from a gender and socioeconomic perspective and an analysis of the intersections between active travel and proliferating paratransit in African cities. Alongside this work I continue to have a small occupational therapy practice, mostly focused on medicolegal services. I am also the founder of nonprofit company the Road Ethics Project, which runs an annual Road Heroes Award to recognize an individual who has effectively contributed to reducing road crashes, injuries, deaths and disabilies.

Experience

  • –present
    post-doctoral research consultant, Wits School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand

Education

  • 2019 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD in Bioethics and Health Law