Sally Field completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cape Town and an Honours Degree in Psychology at Rhodes University. She obtained an MA in Video for Development through the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, focusing on participatory practices for development. Her experiences range from film-making to advocacy and development work in rural Sri Lanka. Sally joined the PMHP as Project Coordinator in 2005, responsible for overall coordination and management of the Project’s four programmes. With a particular interest in health systems development, she designed PMHP’s service development and implementation protocols, as well as its rigorous monitoring, evaluation and data management frameworks.
Assoc. Prof Simone Honikman
Simone has a medical degree and an MPhil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has worked as a medical officer in psychiatry, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and HIV medicine. In 2002, she founded the Perinatal Mental Health Project, currently located within the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. She has collaborated in several global mental health research consortia and has published journal papers and book chapters on maternal mental health. Simone writes policy documents and guidelines, engages in advocacy work and multi-media resource development for maternal mental health in low resource settings. She conducts trainings and develops capacity building resources for a wide range of service providers and organisations. She offers executive oversight of an integrated and comprehensive mental health service model that operates at a community-based midwife unit in Cape Town. She is actively involved with the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health, the Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health and the African Alliance for Maternal Mental Health and has contributed to several World Health Organisation initiatives.
Liesl holds an Honours Degree in Psychology, is an HPCSA registered counsellor and joined the PMHP in 2011.
Thanya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences and joined the Clinical Services team in 2020.
Tyla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and joined the PMHP in 2021.
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Siphumelele (Lele) Sigwebela
Lele graduated with her BA in Psychology, English and Chinese Studies from Rhodes University. She completed her honours at UCT and is currently completing her master’s in research psychology at the Department of Psychology at UCT. She enjoys hearing about young people’s experiences and their world view. She is passionate about learning and gaining skills. Lele has joined the PMHP as a part-time researcher and is assisting with research, administration and fundraising. Although Lele’s research is focused on cognition and technology, she is enthusiastic about women’s rights, health and access. She believes that she can use her skills to support research in maternal mental health, while also gaining and benefiting from the experience of working with us.
Rita has a Masters degree in Applied Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She has worked in the field of strategic communication, public relations, advocacy and communication for development in Asia and the Middle East since 2001. As a consultant, she has raised funds for the United Nation’s World Food Programme in Thailand, implemented an election awareness campaign in Afghanistan and managed an intercultural dance & theatre project in India. She has also worked in the NGO, private and governmental sector in Cambodia, Tanzania and Germany. Rita joined the PMHP team in January 2014.
Thanya joined the PMHP team in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She holds a diploma in Office and Business Administration from Montrose Business College and an undergraduate degree from the South African College of Applied Psychology. In addition to her administrative duties, she also assists with the PMHP social media accounts.
Godfrey is responsible for the garden at our Hanover Park service site. He has built and loved our garden since it was a sand pit at the launch in 2012. Since then, the garden has become a favourite among the nurses and staff for their lunch breaks. Godfrey has lived all his life in Hanover Park and is very active in his community.
Emma recently received her Bachelors of Arts from Kenyon College, in May of 2021, where she majored in Psychology and Sociology. She studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in Spring 2019. Emma is passionate about women’s mental health and has plans to go to graduate school to study clinical psychology. She joined the PMHP team (virtually, from Boston!) in July of 2021 and will be working on various projects within PMHP and is excited to help us with our first-ever crowdfunding campaign.