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Dr Tamsen Rochat

Senior Clinical psychologist - University of KwaZulu Natal

Associate professor - Africa Centre for Population Health

P.O. Box 198
Mtubatuba 3935
South Africa

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NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers
NRF Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration (KIC)
The effect of exclusive breastfeeding support intervention on subsequent -development of children in the context of HIVMaternal HIV disclosure to school-aged children: a randomized controlled trial of a family-based intervention
Amagugu Champions for Children: Developing and testing a district level model for child and family-friendly clinical services


1. Mitchell, J. M., Rochat, T. J., Houle, B., Stein, A., Newell, M. L., & Bland, R. M. (2016). The effect of maternal and child early life factors on grade repetition among HIV exposed and unexposed children in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 7(2), 185–196.


2. Orne-Gliemann, J., Larmarange, J., Boyer, S., Iwuji, C., McGrath, N., Bärnighausen, T., Zuma, T., Dray-Spira, R., Spire, B., Rochat, T., Lert, F., Imrie, J., 2015. Addressing social issues in a universal HIV test and treat intervention trial (ANRS 12249 TasP) in South Africa: methods for appraisal. BMC Public Health 15, 209. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1344-y

3. Rochat, Tamsen J, Mokomane, Zitha, Mitchell, Joanie, The Directorate, 2015. Public perceptions, beliefs and experiences of fostering and adoption: a national qualitative study in South Africa. Children Society.


4. Howard, L.M., Molyneaux, E., Dennis, C.-L., Rochat, T., Stein, A., Milgrom, J., 2014. Non-psychotic mental disorders in the perinatal period. Lancet 384, 1775–1788. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61276-9

5. Richter, L., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Van Heerden, A., Stein, A., Tomlinson, M., Harwood, J.M., Rochat, T., Van Rooyen, H., Comulada, W.S., Tang, Z., 2014. Pregnant women living with HIV (WLH) supported at clinics by peer WLH: a cluster randomized controlled trial. AIDS Behav 18, 706–715. doi:10.1007/s10461-014-0694-2

6. Rochat, T.J., Arteche, A.X., Stein, A., Mkwanazi, N., Bland, R.M., 2014. Maternal HIV disclosure to young HIV-uninfected children: an evaluation of a family-centred intervention in South Africa. AIDS 28 Suppl 3, S331–341. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000000333

7. Mkwanazi, N., Rochat, T., Coetzee, B., Bland, R., 2013. >Mothers’ and health workers’ perceptions of participation in a child-friendly health initiative in rural South Africa. Health 05, 2137–2145. doi:10.4236/health.2013.512291

8 .Nyirenda, M., Chatterji, S., Rochat, T., Mutevedzi, P., Newell, M.-L., 2013. Prevalence and correlates of depression among HIV-infected and -affected older people in rural South Africa. J Affect Disord 151, 31–38. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2013.05.005

9. Pritchett, R., Rochat, T.J., Tomlinson, M., Minnis, H., 2013. > Risk factors for vulnerable youth in urban townships in South Africa: The potential contribution of reactive attachment disorder. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies 8, 310–320. doi:10.1080/17450128.2012.756569

10. Rochat, T.J., Bland, R.M., Tomlinson, M., Stein, A., 2013. > Suicide ideation, depression and HIV among pregnant women in rural South Africa. Health 5, 650–661. doi:10.4236/health.2013.53A086

11. Rochat, T.J., Mkwanazi, N., Bland, R., 2013. > Maternal HIV disclosure to HIV-uninfected children in rural South Africa: a pilot study of a family-based intervention. BMC Public Health 13. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-147

12. Rochat, T.J., Tomlinson, M., Newell, M.-L., Stein, A., 2013. > Detection of antenatal depression in rural HIV-affected populations with short and ultrashort versions of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) . Arch Womens Ment Health 16, 401–410. doi:10.1007/s00737-013-0353-z


13. Mkwanazi, N.B., Rochat, T.J., Imrie, J., Bland, R.M., 2012. Disclosure of maternal HIV status to children: considerations for research and practice in sub-Saharan Africa Future Virology 7, 1159–1182. doi:10.2217/fvl.12.109

14. Parsons, C.E., Young, K.S., Rochat, T.J., Kringelbach, M.L., Stein, A., 2012. Postnatal depression and its effects on child development: a review of evidence from low- and middle-income countries Br. Med. Bull. 101, 57–79. doi:10.1093/bmb/ldr047

15. Richter, L.M., Rochat, T.J., Hsiao, C., Zuma, T.H., 2012. > Evaluation of a Brief Intervention to Improve the Nursing Care of Young Children in a High HIV and AIDS Setting Nurs Res Pract 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/647182


16. Rochat, T.J., Bland, R., Coovadia, H., Stein, A., Newell, M.-L., 2011. Towards a family-centered approach to HIV treatment and care for HIV-exposed children, their mothers and their families in poorly resourced settings. Future Virol 6, 687–696. doi:10.2217/fvl.11.45

17. Rochat, T.J., Tomlinson, M., Bärnighausen, T., Newell, M.-L., Stein, A., 2011. The prevalence and clinical presentation of antenatal depression in rural South Africa. J Affect Disord 135, 362–373. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2011.08.011

18. Rotheram-Borus, M.-J., Richter, L., Van Rooyen, H., van Heerden, A., Tomlinson, M., Stein, A., Rochat, T., de Kadt, J., Mtungwa, N., Mkhize, L., Ndlovu, L., Ntombela, L., Comulada, W.S., Desmond, K.A., Greco, E., 2011. > Project Masihambisane: a cluster randomised controlled trial with peer mentors to improve outcomes for pregnant mothers living with HIV . Trials 12. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-2


19. Richter, L., Chandan, U., Rochat, T., 2009. Improving hospital care for young children in the context of HIV/AIDS and poverty. J Child Health Care 13, 198–211. doi:10.1177/1367493509336680


20. Govender, L., Rochat, T., Richter, L., Rollins, N., 2006. Pediatric Nursing in the Context of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Resource-poor Settings—Balancing the “Art and the Science.” Holistic nursing practice 20, 247–254.

21. Rochat, T.J., Richter, L.M., Doll, H.A., Buthelezi, N.P., Tomkins, A., Stein, A., 2006. > Depression among pregnant rural South African women undergoing HIV testing. JAMA 295, 1376–1378. doi:10.1001/jama.295.12.1376


22. Stein, A., Krebs, G., Richter, L., Tomkins, A., Rochat, T., Bennish, M.L., 2005. Babies of a pandemic. Arch. Dis. Child. 90, 116–118. doi:10.1136/adc.2004.049361

Antenatal and postnatal depression, child development, surveillance of psychopathology, family centred prevention and treatment, childhood vulnerability and resilience.

Dr Rochat is a senior clinical psychologist at the University of KwaZulu Natal. In recognition of her clinical work with children and families she was awarded the prestigious ZERO TO THREE Leaders for the 21st Century fellowship in2005/6. Tamsen has developed a line of research on perinatal depression and HIV at the Africa Centre for Population Health which formed the basis of her PhD together. At the Africa Centre for Population Health, her work entails styding influences of parental and leads the NIH funded clinical trial, testing a parenting intervention for HIV positive mothers of primary school-aged children; and the Grand Challenges, Saving Brains study.