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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Francois Van Loggerenberg

Research Fellow

Telephone: 02075406755 Ext: 2326


Dr van Loggerenberg, is a Charted Psychologist and a Research Fellow in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry and the Youth Resilience Unit. He is part of an NIHR-funded Global Health Group 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. 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. Subsequently he was a Trial Manager in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, on a trial to test an intervention to address perinatal depression in HIV positive mothers in rural South Africa. He is currently Principal Investigator on a study to adapt and test the DIALOG+ intervention in school children in Colombia, post-conflict and in the light of the challenges of COVID-.


Research Interests:

Mental health, child and adolescent mental health, HIV and mental health


  • van Loggerenberg F, Mlisana K, Williamson C, Auld SC, Morris L, Gray CM, Abdool Karim Q, Grobler A, Barnabas N, Iriogbe I, and Abdool Karim SS, for the CAPRISA 002 Acute Infection Study Team (2008). Establishing a cohort at high risk of HIV infection in South Africa: Challenges and experiences of the CAPRISA 002 Acute Infection Study. PLOS One. 2008 3(4): e1954. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001954.
  • van Loggerenberg, F, Dieter, AA, Sobieszcyk, ME, Werner, L, Grobler, A, and Mlisana, KP, for the CAPRISA 002 Acute Infection Study Team. HIV prevention in high-risk women in South Africa: Condom use and the need for change. Plos ONE. 2012 17 Feb 7(2): e30669. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030669.
  • Francois van Loggerenberg, Alison D. Grant, Kogieleum Naidoo, Marita Murrman, Santhanalakshmi Gengiah, Tanuja Gengiah, Katherine Fielding, Salim S. Abdool Karim. (2015) Individualised motivational counselling to enhance adherence to antiretroviral therapy is not superior to didactic counselling in South African patients: Findings of the CAPRISA 058 randomised controlled trial. AIDS and Behavior, Volume 19, Issue 1, 145-156, DOI 10.1007/s10461-014-0763-6.
  • Tamzin Furtado, Amélie Julé, Liam Boggs, Francois van Loggerenberg, Victoria Ewing, Pascal Launois, Trudie Lang. Developing an Evidence-Informed Competency Framework for the Clinical Research Team, using Qualitative Research Methods. (2017) BMJ Global Health, 2:e000229.
  • van Loggerenberg, F., McGrath, M., Akena, D. et al.Feasibility, experiences and outcomes of using DIALOG+ in primary care to improve quality of life and mental distress of patients with chronic conditions: an exploratory non-controlled trial in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia and Uganda. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 7180 (2021).
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