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Risk & Resilience in Mental Disorders

The Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders Research Unit - with key researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Northwest University -  researches anxiety and stress disorders. It is also involved in projects in related fields, including the Drakenstein Neurodevelopmental and Neuro-GAP studies.

Key focus areas

  • Promoting the use of basic science and clinical research to improve the diagnosis, prevention and management of mental disorders in South Africa;
  • Prioritising the risk and resilience factors in mental disorders;
  • Applying clinical evidence to real world settings to improve mental health interventions through primary healthcare and community initiatives;
  • Adding to existing research on mental disorders and mental health to benefit South Africans - and Africans;
  • Developing new research programmes focused on studies that can be applied in real world settings;
  • Working with other organisations and groups to address major mental disorders in Africa;
  • Training and supporting Clinician Scientists who specialise in mental disorders and mental health; and
  • Promoting the use of psychiatry and mental health research findings in policy-making and in practice.

This unit serves as a central structure providing oversight and coordination of several studies in mental disorders and mental health and will provide the nucleus for the further development of these and for capacity development through training of clinician-scientists. Students, post-doctoral fellows and any others should contact the Unit if interested in our work: tel nr: 021 938 9229; Prof Dan J. Stein:; Prof Christine Lochner:

For more information, visit the Mental Health Information Centre's Website


Prof Dan Stein
Unit Director
  • +27 21 406 6566
Prof Christine Lochner
Unit Director