“Toxic poverty” – improving maternal, infant and child health
Inaugural lecture delivered on 13 November 2012
Professor Mark Tomlinson is based in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. His scholarly work has involved a diverse range of topics that have in common an interest in factors that contribute to infant and child development in contexts of high adversity, and how best to prevent compromised infant and child development in these contexts. He has completed research investigating the impact of maternal depression on infant and child development. He has also completed four large randomised controlled trials, all of which have examined the impact of interventions delivered by community health workers on maternal and child health. He is on the editorial boards of PLoS Medicine and Psychology, Health and Medicine, and is an Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. He currently is one of two research directors of the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME). PRIME is a consortium of research institutions and ministries of health in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda. He has received research grants from the Wellcome Trust (UK), the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (USA), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) (USA), the Department for International Development (DfID) (UK), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and from Grand Challenges Canada. Mark is the husband of Natasha, and the father of Sebastian and Benjamin.