Prof. Brian van Wyk

BSc (Hons), MSc Psychology, DPhil (Stellenbosch)


Brian van Wyk is a research psychologist with a passion for postgraduate supervision and teaching and innovation in health research methods.

Prior to joining SOPH as a lecturer in January 2006, he was a Chief researcher in the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He trained in the Health Systems Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council from 2000-2003, where he conducted his doctoral research on the effects of health reforms on organization of care and team functioning in a primary health care setting. In 2006-7, he was a Fogarty training fellow in the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and TB at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the City of New York, NY. Brian merges his training in Health Systems Research and experience in researching social and behavioural aspects of HIV/AIDS, in his current research which aims to improve adherence and treatment outcomes for adolescents on HIV treatment.

Brian served as Deputy-dean of Research and Postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences from 2013-2016. He is currently serving as vice-chairperson on UWC Biomedical Research Ethics committee, and as representative of UWC Senate on UWC Institutional Forum.


In the news

Barriers and facilitators of and strategies for successful community engagement in infectious disease clinical trials in low- and middle- income countries

By: Bey-Marrié Schmidt, Carmen Späth, Myrna van Pinxteren, Primus Che Chi, Charles S Wiysonge, Joy Oliver, Christopher James Colvin

Determinants and rates of retention in HIV care among adolescents receiving antiretroviral therapy in Windhoek, Namibia: a baseline cohort analysis

By: Farai K. Munyani,  Brian van Wyk

Asking the Experts: Using Cognitive Interview Techniques to Explore the Face Validity of the Mental Wellness Measure for Adolescents Living with HIV

By: Zaido Orth, Brian van Wyk

Effectiveness, Acceptability and Feasibility of Technology-Enabled Health Interventions for Adolescents Living with HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review

By: Talitha Crowley, *Charné Petinger, *Azia Ivo Nchendia, Brian Van Wyk

Multimorbidity patterns in South Africa: A latent class analysis

By: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney*, Brian Van Wyk, Annibale Cois, Victoria Pillay van-Wyk

One in five South Africans are multimorbid: An analysis of the 2016 demographic and health survey

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney, Brian van Wyk, Annibale Cois, Victoria Pillay-van Wyk

Rethinking mental wellness among adolescents: an integrative review protocol of mental health components

Staff inolved: Zaida Orth, Brian Van Wyk

Decolonising multimorbidity? research gaps in low and middle-income countries

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney, Brian Van Wyk, Victoria Pillay-Van Wyk

Multimorbidity Patterns in a National HIV Survey of South African Youth and Adults

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney, Brian van Wyk, Annibale Cois and Victoria Pillay-van Wyk

Two-year retention in care for adolescents on antiretroviral therapy in Ehlanzeni district, South Africa: a baseline cohort analysis

Staff inolved: Emeka F. Okonji*, Brian Van Wyk, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang

Interventions to Improve Treatment Outcomes among Adolescents on Antiretroviral Therapy with Unsuppressed Viral Loads: A Systematic Review

Staff inolved: Farai Kevin Munyay*, Brian van Wyk and Yolanda Mayman

Measuring Mental Wellness of Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Instruments

Staff inolved: Zaida Orth*, Faranha Moosajee and Brian Van Wyk

Aging with HIV: Increased Risk of HIV Comorbidities in Older

Staff inolved: Rifqah Abeeda Roomaney*, Brian van Wyk and Victoria Pillay-van Wyk

Factors Associated with Viral Suppression Among Adolescents on Antiretroviral Therapy in Homa Bay County, Kenya: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study

Staff inolved: *Anne Mwangi and Brian van Wyk

Measuring mental wellness among adolescents living with a physical chronic condition- a systematic review of the mental health and mental well-being instruments

Staff inolved: Zaida Orth* & Brian van Wyk

Determinants of viral suppression among adolescents on antiretroviral treatment in Ehlanzeni district, South Africa: a cross-sectional analysis

Staff inolved: Emeka Okonji, Brian van Wyk, Ferdinand Mukumbang & Gail Hughes

Interventions for improving treatment outcomes in adolescents on antiretroviral therapy with unsuppressed viral loads: a systematic review protocol

Staff inolved: Farai Kevin Munyayi and Brian van Wyk

A qualitative study on experiences of HIV vaccine trial participants in a phase I/II double-blinded, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial in Tanzania: Lessons for COVID-19 vaccine testing

Staff involved: Erica S. Sanga, Brian Van Wyk, Leonard L. Maboko, Simukai Shamu