Dr Alastair Van Heerden

DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
TELEPHONE: 031 242 5015
EMAIL: avanheerden@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Alastair van Heerden is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the HIV AIDS STIs and TB research programme. He holds an MSc in Research Psychology from the University of Natal, and obtained a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (2013), on the topic: Pervasive computing and public health research in Africa: Mobile phones in the collection, analysis and dissemination of health research.

The primary aim of the study was to implement and evaluate the use of mobile phones as research instruments with which to collect, analyse and disseminate information for research in low resource rural African settings.

Before joining the HSRC in January 2008, he was a Business Analyst at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal.

His areas of research interest include: information communication technologies for development (ICT4D); pervasive computing; and the application of innovative technological approaches in the treatement and support of people living with HIV and AIDS. His other interest includes issues relating to the impact of poverty on early child development.

Dr van Heerden has managed a number of NIH grants (1R01MH077553, 1R01HD055137) as well has been an investigator on a number of other projects. He received a meritorious young investigator award at the 2010 mHealth Summit in Washington DC and has published on the topic of mHealth in both peer-reviewed journals and presentations at a number of both local and international conferences.