South African Medical Research Council
Nwabisa Shai is a Senior Researcher at the Gender and Health Research Unit. She has an MPH and is currently working towards a PhD in public health. Nwabisa’s special interests include gender based violence and HIV prevention research, and evaluation of behavioural interventions. She has demonstrable skills in qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation and management, and the development of behavioural interventions. Her major contribution is the intervention development of evidence based HIV and GBV primary prevention interventions for local research institutions and international co-operatives the What Works To Prevent Violence Initiative (Tajikistan and Nepal). Nwabisa has played an extensive role in the adaptation of Stepping Stones, and the development of Creating Futures and Skhokho For Families in South Africa, and the adaptation of these for other low and middle income countries. She also provided technical research support for the UN Partners for Prevention programme research in Papua New Guinea. Nwabisa also holds an Honorary Lecturer position with the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand since 2011. She renders post graduate supervision and teaching on qualitative research methods to MSc students at the school and other academic research methods courses. Nwabisa also sits in the Editorial Board of the South African Crime Quarterly. She plays an advocacy role for the promotion of scaling up of evidence based violence prevention interventions through a national dialogue forum comprising of civil society organisations, academia and government departments.