​eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login): MASHAPU
POSITION TITLE: Specialist Psychiatrist and Lecturer
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​University of Natal, Durban,
​12/1999 ​Medicine
​University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
​01/2008 ​Psychiatry
​University of Kwazulu-Natal,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
​04/2019 ​Psychiatry
​Colleges of Medicine South Africa ​Fellow ​05/2005 ​Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists

A. Personal Statement
1. I am a specialist psychiatrist with over 15 years of clinical experience, lecturer and post doctorate fellow at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I was the first African female medical doctor to graduate with a Masters and PhD in Psychiatry at UKZN, which gives me expertise in research, clinical psychiatry and student mentoring. As an early career researcher, I aspire to grow academically by participating in big international and multisite studies, collaborating on local and interdisciplinary projects. I have a unique opportunity as a post graduate fellow at UKZN to focus exclusively on my research and academic work.

This position was offered by my institution in a move to build research capacity, develop and empower early career researchers. I have adapted an evidence based, NIH funded HIV Risk reduction intervention “Eban SA” to be culturally congruent and developed a method for the adaptation process that will be used in the current submission during the planning and piloting phase of the study. Through my collaboration with UCLA on this project I gained a lot of experience on protocol development, research methodology, implementation science and community based organizational skills.

B. Positions and Honors
​Positions and Employment
​1999-2000 Medical Intern Groothoek hospital Rural Limpopo province
​2000-2001 Resident medical officer, Bupa group of private Hospitals, UK
​2002-2005 Registrar Department of Psychiatry, University of KwaZulu-Natal
​2006-2010 Specialist psychiatrist and Head of Unit, Prince Mshiyeni memorial Hospital
​2010-2016 Specialist Psychiatrist, City Hospital, Durban
​2016- Ongoing Specialist psychiatrist and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry University of KwaZulu-Natal
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
​Professional memberships
​1999- Health Professions Council of South Africa MP 0511870
​2006- Board of Healthcare Funders 0228966
​2001- General Medical Council 6025059
​2002- South African Society of Psychiatrists
​2006- South African Society of Psychiatrists, HIV Special Interest Group
​2006- African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions
​2002-Colleges of Medicine South Africa
​2006: Leadership Training and Professional skills: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mentored by Prof Norman Sartorius, former WPA president.
​2007: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation travel award to attend an international HIV conference British Columbia
​2011 - 2013: South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) KZN regional chairperson, 2011 – 2013
​2012: NIH MEPI grant, awarded towards developing a PhD Project
​2014: Executive member of the Scientific committee of the SASOP national congress 2014 held in Durban
​2014 – 2017: NIH research grant award: Phodiso/UCLA collaboration
​2016: South African Scientific committee member for The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) meeting in November 2016 Cape Town
​2017: Research Development Grant UKZN College of Health Sciences award of R25, 000
​2018: Thuthuka NRF Award ref: TTK170420228087
C. Contribution to Science
In 2014, I was successful in an application to be a Fellow of the Phodiso Program, the NIH-funded research training and capacity-development program for South African researchers that is based at the University of California, UCLA. I spent the period March-June 2015 at UCLA attending intensive research methodology training and developing my PhD proposal based on an intervention program that I successfully tested in Durban, South Africa. This work culminated in the following publications:
  • ​Mashaphu S, Burns JK. Couples-based interventions in the context of HIV discordance. S Afr J Psychiatr. 2017;23:1009. PubMed PMID: 30263183; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6138201.
  • Mashaphu S, Wyatt GE, Zhang M, Mthiyane T, Liu H, Gomo E. Effectiveness of an HIV-risk reduction intervention to reduce HIV transmission among serodiscordant couples in Durban, South Africa. A randomized controlled trial. AIDS Care. 2019 Jul 3; PubMed PMID: 31269801.
  • Mashaphu S, Wyatt GE, Gomo E, Tomita A. Intimate partner violence among HIV-serodiscordant couples in Durban, South Africa. S Afr Med J. 2018 Oct 26;108(11):960-964. PubMed PMID: 30645965; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6378687.
  • Mashaphu S, Burns JK, Wyatt GE, Vawda NB. Psychosocial and behavioural interventions towards HIV risk reduction for serodiscordant couples in Africa: A systematic review. S Afr J Psychiatr. 2018;24:1136. PubMed PMID: 30263215; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6138108.
I have helped to build research capacity amongst my colleagues who are in both public and private sector practice because the practice of medicine today is driven by evidence that is responsive to the needs of the community. In my opinion, research does not need to be relegated to the realm of academics alone as integrating clinical research with public and private practice could be intellectually stimulating and socially relevant. I have supervised post graduate student and published some of my private based papers in our local peer reviewed journals.
  • ​Bhengu BS, Tomita A, Mashaphu S, Paruk S. The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Perinatal Substance Use Behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2019 Sep 21; PubMed PMID: 31542877. b. Chiliza B, Mashaphu S SAMJ: Private-practice based research. South African Medical Journal On-line version ISSN 2078-5135 Print version ISSN 0256-9574. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.106 n.10 Cape Town Oct. 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2016.v106i10.1125
My early research projects, which constituted my Masters’ degree in psychiatry were focused the interphase between HIV and mental health. In this study, I examined the prevalence of First Episode Psychosis in patients with HIV. 
  • ​S. Mashaphu and D.L. Mkize South African Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 13, Issue 3, Aug 2007, p. 90 - 94
D. Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance
​Ongoing Research Support
UCLA/South Africa Trauma Research Training Program
D43 TW007278
​07/01/2005 – 02/28/2021
​Role: Research Mentor (2017-2021)
​Fogarty International Collaborative Program
​A multi-disciplinary training program for research in trauma, injury and the effects on health and mental health will be developed. Eight fellows, two per year, have been trained to conduct research that addresses the biological, social and psychological factors related to trauma, injury and its effects.