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Francois van Loggerenberg


Teaching Fellow, Mixed Methods

Francois is a Research Fellow in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London. He is part of a multi-disciplinary collaboration of an NIHR-funded Global Health Group focusing on developing psycho-social interventions in low and middle income countries. The Group is exploring three specific resource-oriented approaches: DIALOG+, Family involvement and Volunteer support, that have been refined and adapted to the local context. In each country, a team of researchers including senior academics has been formed to implement the research activities.

Francois was previously a Trial Manager in the Department of Psychiatry, the University of Oxford. His most recently trial focussed on the efficacy of a behavioural intervention combining Behavioural Activation for perinatal depression and parenting skills on improved cognitive development in children, in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He trained as a research psychologist in South Africa, and has a PhD in Public Health Medicine from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine investigating behavioural interventions to enhance adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Durban, South Africa. Since 1997 he has lectured in various capacities at the post-graduate level; mostly in Psychology, Criminology, and Statistics and Research Methods. He was in Oxford from 2012 to 2109, initially as Scientific Lead on the Global Health Network. In that position he was involved in methodology research, for example, supervising work on a project to assess the role of twitter, in the African Ebola outbreak. He was also co-investigator in a Stanford-Oxford Li Ka Shing foundation-funded study assessing the usefulness of machine data from point-of-care diagnostic machines in Africa. Both of these studies used big data analysis technologies in novel ways to address health and wellbeing in low resource settings.