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Director of the Perinatal Mental Health Project; Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

Associate Professor Simone Honikman is a medical doctor (UCT) with clinical experience in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry and a Masters degree in
Maternal and Child Health (UCT). She is founder and director of the 20-year old
Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) based at UCT. The Project has received
formal commendation by the World Health Organization. Simone received the
international Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, collaborates with several international research consortia, has published academic papers, chapters, editorials and training manuals. She develops mental health programmes integrated into existing maternal and child health services and designs and conducts training for a wider range of healthcare and social service providers and consults to health policy, guideline and programme processes provincially and nationally.


  • –present
    Director of the Perinatal Mental Health Project, University of Cape Town
  • 2008–present
    Associate professor, Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town


  • 2004 
    University of Cape Town, MPhil Maternal and Child Health
  • 1994 
    University of Cape Town, MBChB

Professional Memberships

  • International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health
  • African Alliance for Maternal Mental Health
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa