Dr Donald Skinner
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.