Dr Donald Skinner

DEPARTMENT: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)21 466 7932
EMAIL: dskinner@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Donald Skinner is a chief specialist researcher in the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme. He holds an MA in clinical psychology and a PhD in psychology from the University of Cape Town (UCT). His PhD research focused on behaviour theory in relation to HIV prevention.

He was previously employed at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Cape Town as part of an AIDS research unit and also worked at the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture as a researcher and clinician. Before joining the HSRC, Dr Skinner was the director of the AIDS and Society research unit at UCT. In that capacity he participated in research across a range of disciplines and sectors.

He has training and experience in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, with a particular capacity in qualitative methods. Dr Skinner has acquired a good understanding of the operations of community-based work and the operations of NGOs and CBOs. He has written more than 10 publications and one book in the areas of political violence, AIDS and research methodology. He has also written many reports, working papers and community-based publications.

Recent

Factors associated with mothers' decisions on male neonatal circumcision in Swaziland

Neonatal male circumcision is safer, easier and cheaper than adult male circumcision, but is not widely practised in Swaziland. It has been suggested ....

Interventions for orphans and vulnerable children at four project sites in South Africa

This report describes interventions for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) at four sites in South Africa. The project sites are the Rustenburg and ....

Qualitative methodology: an introduction

This chapter describes the uses and value of qualitative research in health research. It also provides a framework for qualitative research methodolo....

The impact of and responses to HIV/AIDS in the private security and legal services industry in South Africa

The generalised nature of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa means that it impacts unevenly on businesses. Companies respond in varied ways, and wi....

Report and policy brief from the 4th Africa Conference on social aspects of HIV/AIDS research: innovations in access to prevention, treatment and care in HIV/AIDS, Kisumu, Kenya, 29 April-3 May 2007

This report and policy brief summarises the key findings and suggested policy options that emerged from rapporteur reports of conference proceedings a....

Generalizing a model of health behaviour change and AIDS stigma for use with sexually transmitted infection clinic patients in Cape Town, South Africa

We tested the Information/Motivation/Behavioural Skills (IMB) model of AIDS preventive behaviour in South Africa. Prospective path analyses were perfo....

The use of implementation research networks on orphans and vulnerable children to encourage research-driven policies: the case of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

There is a growing need for applied social sciences research to provide scientific evidence for use in both policy and programme development in the he....

Towards a definition of orphaned and vulnerable children

The HIV epidemic presents challenges including orphans and a large mass of children rendered vulnerable by the epidemic and other societal forces. Foc....

Epidemiology of health and vulnerability among children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has already orphaned a generation of children, and it is projected that by 2010, 18 million African childr....

Working to support orphans and vulnerable children in southern Africa: a reflection on values, principles and organisational issues

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

Community-level behavioural interventions for HIV prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

A situational analysis of orphans and vulnerable children in four districts of South Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

Multiple vulnerabilities: qualitative data for the study of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project f....

Barriers to accessing PMTCT services in a rural area of South Africa

Despite good intentions and commitment from providers, prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services can be difficult for pregnan....

Theory-based HIV risk reduction counseling for sexually transmitted infection clinic patients in Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa has the world's fastest growing AIDS epidemic. There is an urgent need for effective HIV risk reduction interventions in South Africa. OB....

Workplace policies in public education: a review focusing on HIV/AIDS

Policy governs many aspects of the professional lives of educators. It is also central to their and the sector's response to crises such as the HIV/AI....

Defining orphaned and vulnerable children

This research forms part of a broader project aimed at development and evaluation of interventions for orphaned and vulnerable children. The paper aim....

Projects funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation on HIV/AIDS in southern Africa: report of the colloquium 26-27 November 2003

In November of 2003, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) hosted a colloquium to present and review the re....