South African Medical Research Council
Dr Brooke-Sumner is Implementation & Systems Advisor in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. Zimbabwean by nationality, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has worked as a consultant in health promotion in the HIV prevention, gender equality and youth development sectors in Southern Africa for more than 10 years. She has extensive expertise in community health, including developing training programmes for community workers and youth peer educators. Her PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZuluNatal in South Africa focused on developing, piloting and evaluating a community-based psychosocial rehabilitation programme for people with schizophrenia. She co-authored the recent systematic review of reviews covering linking of social determinants of mental disorders with the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Brooke-Sumner’s current work focuses on implementation and scaling up of psychosocial interventions for people with non-communicable diseases and comorbid mental disorders in low resource primary care South African settings.