mphil fellow

Rhulani Beji-Chauke


University of Cape Town

Rhulani Beji Chauke is an MPhil research fellow from Zimbabwe 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. She obtained a BSc Honours in Psychology from the Women’s University in Africa (Zimbabwe) before going on to work in experiential learning for three years. In this capacity she facilitated programs for both children and adolescents amongst other age groups. Rhulani has been working on the Friendship Bench project since the scale-up of the program where she has mainly been involved in the training and supervision of lay health workers.

Her main research interests are in depression, adolescents, HIV and creative arts therapies. Her MPhil thesis investigates the barriers and facilitators that adolescents with common mental disorders experience in retention to the Friendship Bench intervention. The findings from her research will provide information for formative work on the Friendship Bench package for adolescents.


Ms. Emily Baron (University of Cape Town)

Ms. Thandi Davies (University of Cape Town)

Prof Dixon Chibanda (University of Zimbabwe)