mphil fellow

Bulelwa Mtukushe


University of Cape Town

Bulelwa Mtukushe is an MPhil research fellow from South Africa funded by the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI). She is currently studying towards a Master of Philosophy in Public Mental Health with the University of Cape Town (UCT). Bulelwa obtained a BA Honours in Social Work, BA Honours in Psychology, Certificate in Project Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation before going on to work in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at UCT. She has been working in the research field since 2011. She started off as a Research assistant and currently she is a Project coordinator.

Bulelwa’s main research interests are in the areas of HIV, mental health, ART Adherence and substance use/abuse. She has facilitated interventions (randomised controlled trials) aimed at prevention of HIV, depression and substance use by providing motivational interviewing and problem solving therapy. She also has extensive experience in conducting in-depth interviews and surveys aimed at developing future interventions for people living with HIV.

The main focus of her research is to describe the common mental health disorders and factors associated with common mental health disorders among adolescents accessing HIV treatment at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.


Prof Katherine Sorsdahl, University of Cape Town

Prof Jackie Hoare, University of Cape Town