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Greater Tzaneen, SOUTH AFRICA
Cultural-religious groups include Christians with a range of syncretic traditional Southern African beliefs and practices living in the surrounding rural villages of Tzaneen, South Africa
PIs: Amanda Tarullo (PI) • Denise Evans (Co-PI) • Peter Rockers (Co-PI)
Amanda Tarullo (PI) is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, where she is also Director of the Developmental Science Doctoral Program and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Systems Neuroscience. Her research focuses on how sociocontextual factors shape the developing brain and biological stress systems, and on identifying neurodevelopmental mechanisms that link early life stress to child cognitive outcomes. She is an Associate Editor of Developmental Psychobiology and was named an Outstanding Early Career Psychologist by APA Division 52, International Psychology.
Denise Evans (Co-PI) is a Principal Researcher at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) who has over 10 years of research experience focused on optimizing HIV, TB and drug-resistant TB treatment outcomes. Denise has a joint position in the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand as a Senior Researcher. Her primary research interests include socio-economic consequences and management of TB, and community-based interventions to address health needs of people in under resourced communities. She is currently co-PI on a SA-MRC Grand Challenges South Africa funded project to evaluate impact of a community health worker (CHW) home-visit intervention on early childhood development.
Peter Rockers (Co-PI) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he is also Director of the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation certificate program. His research is primarily concerned with evaluating the impacts of early childhood interventions in low- and middle-income countries using experimental methods. He is involved in ongoing cluster-randomized trials in South Africa, Zambia, and Indonesia testing the effects of home- and community-based interventions on child neurodevelopment and related outcomes. Dr. Rockers received a Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.