Brendan is an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise on: the uptake of HIV-prevention and treatment services; behavioural economics; and the social and behavioural determinants of HIV risk. He serves as a Chief Research Officer at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
Brendan’s research interests include: behavioural interventions to increase demand for health services and products; HIV testing; linkage to HIV care; HIV stigma; male circumcision; and age-disparate partnerships. His current research focus is on understanding the psychosocial and structural barriers to early antiretroviral therapy initiation, and testing interventions to help people living with HIV to access care and treatment. He is also conducting research on a novel intervention to improve handwashing and health among young children, and research to advance understanding of the factors contributing to high HIV incidence rates among young women in South Africa.
Brendan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town.