MSc Medical Anthropology: Durham University, UK

Honors Socio-Cultural Anthropology: University of South Africa

BA Health & Community Psychology: University of South Africa

Bachelor’s & Ministers Degree in Metaphysics

Masters Degree in Metaphysics


PhD In Conscious Living


Neuroscience-based coach

USAID Monitoring and evaluation fundamentals

UNDSS Basic security in the Field BSITF Certificate

NIH Certificate in protecting human research participants

USAID Gender integration in political transition environments


Durham University Research Department Fund, Durham, UK

Parkes Foundation, UK & Durham University. International Fieldwork Fund

Ruth First Scholarship South Africa & UK. Fully Funded Masters Scholarship

BuildCARE Africa recipient. Palliative Care Research Grant from King’s College London


Manuscript submitted to journal and awaiting approval: Improving bereavement outcomes in Zimbabwe: Results of a feasibility cluster trial of the 9-cell bereavement tool

Improving bereavement outcomes in Zimbabwe: Protocol for a feasibility cluster trial of the 9-cell bereavement tool. 2019: (presented paper at the 2019 African Palliative Care Conference in Kigali Rwanda)

“We need more big trees as well as the grass roots”: Going beyond research capacity building to develop sustainable careers in mental health research in African countries:

Professional contribution to the UNICEF Resource:

Advocating for Children & Adolescents Living with HIV in Harare. 2016:


Research Lead, Trainer & Co-Founder. The Jump Start Program. Zimbabwe. 2022

Research Consultant. The Inner Fitness Project California, United States. 2021

Qualitative data analyst: CESSHAAR. Zimbabwe. 2021

Principal investigator. Consultant researcher. Kings College London & Island Hospice & Healthcare. Zimbabwe. 2017-2021

Qualitative Research Consultant. Amari-African Mental Health Research Initiative. 2019-2020

Qualitative Researcher. Q Partnership. Work with PACT Zimbabwe. 2019

Independent Evaluator: 4children Eswatini, Swaziland & Maestral International USA. 2018

Principal Investigator. Trust Africa. Zimbabwe. 2018. 

Business Development & Research Manager. Target Research & Q Partnership. 2013 – 2018 

Qualitative Research Expert. Independent Capacity Building with TRACE (DAI UK Funded). 2017

Principal Investigator. Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)Zimbabwe. 2016 – 2017

Study Coordinator. GILEAD Sciences Research Scholars Program in HIV. ZIMBABWE. 2016 – 2017

Qualitative Research Specialist. Population Services International (PSI) Zimbabwe. 2016

Independent Consultant & Writer on a National Report. UNICEF Zimbabwe. 2015 – 2016

Qualitative Data Analyst. OPHID Zimbabwe. 2015

Consultant. Africaid / Zvandiri Zimbabwe. 2015

Consultant. Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) Zimbabwe. 2014 – 2016

Project Manager. Chiedza Trust Zimbabwe. 2009 – 2015

Consultant. MHPSS Sri Lanka. 2014

Associate Consultant. Q Partnership And Target Research (PVT.) LTD, Zimbabwe. From July 2013


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