Prof. Leickness Simbayi

DEPARTMENT: Deputy CEO: Research (DCEO:R)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7910

Professor Simbayi is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) for Research (DCEO-R). He is the founding Executive Director of the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research programme, the largest and most successful research programme in the HSRC, a position which he held since its founding in July 2010 until 31 May 2016. From July 2007 until June 2009 he also served as the Deputy Executive Director of the then Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health (SAHA) research programme. Between February 2008 and June 2009 he also served as the Acting Executive Director of the SAHA programme, followed by one year as the Executive Director from July 2009 until June 2010. From the time that he joined the HSRC on 1 November 2001 until June 2007, Professor Simbayi served as a Research Director in charge of the Behavioural and Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Unit in SAHA as well as the Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA).

Professor Simbayi holds a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in England, United Kingdom. He is a registered Research Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa's Professional Board of Psychology and also a Member of Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He is also currently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

During the past 15 years Professor Simbayi has mostly conducted his research in the area of social aspects of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In particular, his research has focused on second-generation HIV surveillance especially behavioural surveys, HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), determinants of HIV infection (such as poverty, alcohol and drug use, gender-based violence, sex in the presence of blood, multiple sexual partnerships, and male circumcision), and theory-based HIV social and behavioural risk reduction interventions including positive prevention which targets people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status.

Before joining the HSRC, Professor Simbayi spent 15 years as an academic during which time he taught mainly courses in research methods and statistics in psychology, and biological psychology at five different universities in Southern Africa, namely, Universities of Zambia, Bophuthatswana (now North West University, Mafikeng Campus), Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South campus), Fort Hare and Western Cape (UWC). He was Associate Professor and Head of Psychology Department at Fort Hare and Associate Professor and then full Professor as well as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at UWC.

Professor Simbayi has published 130 scientific articles in both local and international peer-reviewed journals, 25 research reports, 15 abstracts, and 12 book chapters. He also co-edited a book entitled HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years on: Psychosocial Perspectives which was published by Springer of New York in 2009. He has also presented more than 300 papers and posters at both local and international conferences. He is currently a member of the Civil Society Reference Group of the World Health Organisation's Department of HIV/AIDS and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) HIV/AIDS Unit?. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychology in Africa, and also serves on the International Advisory Board of Vulnerable Children and Youth.


CDC/ PEPFAR programme to improve capacity of an indigenous statutory institution to enhance M&E of HIV/AIDS in SA

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