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About

Dr Kaymarlin Govender

Kaymarlin Govender is a research psychologist with an MA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa. He was appointed director of research at HEARD in 2011. He began his professional career at the Human Sciences Research Council working on early child development and children in contexts of adversity and later joined the then University of Westville (School of Psychology). He stills holds a partial appointment in School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Kaymarlin’s main research interests include the psychological, social and behavioural issues related to HIV and AIDS. He has a number of publications and commissioned reports related to risk and resiliency issues facing children and, more generally, youth in the context of HIV and AIDS. His recent dedicated area of research is in the field of masculine identities and its implications for risk behaviours. He a research methodologist by training and specializes in quantitative and qualitative research methods including, M&E approaches as well as discourse analysis. He has acted as a research consultant/advisor to a number of bodies (NGOs, research institutions and government) on social and behavioural research and is actively involved in health promotion research/advocacy activities at a local and national level.

Research outputs

Book contribution

Regondi, I., Govender, K., Naidoo, K., and George, G. 2015, Medical male circumcision and the politics of no alternative: Why the public health imperative scored a victory over tradition. Global HIV/AIDS politics, policy, and activism: Persistent challenges and emerging issues: Policy and policymaking, 2 (-) -, Praeger

Govender, K., and Peterson, I. 2011 Understanding risk and risk behaviour Psychology: an Introduction,Understanding risk and risk behaviour

Regondi, I., Govender, K., Naidoo, K., and George, G. 2012 Medical circumcision and the politics of no alternative: Why the public health imperative scored a victory against HIV/AIDS? Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues, Praeger

Petersen, I., and Govender, K. 2012 Health and health promotion Community Psychology in South Africa, Van Schaik

Journal article

Govender, K., George, G., Beckett, S., Montague, C and Frohlich, J (2017) Risk Compensation Following Medical Male Circumcision: Results from a 1-Year Prospective Cohort Study of Young School-Going Men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI 10.1007/s12529-017-9673-0

Kelvin, EA., George, G., Mwai, E., Nyaga, EN., Mantell, JE., Romo, ML., Odhiambo, JO., Govender, K (2017) Offering Self-administered Oral HIV Testing as a Choice to Truck Drivers in Kenya: Predictors of Uptake and Need for Guidance While Self-testing AIDS and Behaviour, DOI 10.1007/s10461-017-1783-9

Lentoor AG, Asante K, Govender K, Petersen I (2016) Psychological functioning among vertically infected HIV-positive children and their primary caregivers AIDS Care, 28(6), pp771-7, doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1124979

Gibbs, A., Govender, K and Jewkes, R (2016) An exploratory analysis of factors associated with depression in a vulnerable group of young people living in informal settlements in South Africa Global Public Health, pp 1-16, doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1214281

George, G., Govender, K., Beckett, S., Montague, C and Frohlich, J (2016) Early resumption of sex following voluntary medical male circumcision amongst school-going males PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168091

LA, Tucker and Govender, K (2016) Ethical considerations for research involving boys diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Early Child Development and Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1159203

LA, Tucker and Govender, K., (2016) ‘Sticks and stones': masculinities and conflict spaces Gender and Education, DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1156059

Toska, E., Gittings, L., Hodes, R., Cluver, LD., Govender,K., Chademana, KE and Gutiérrez, VE (2016) Resourcing resilience: social protection for HIV prevention amongst children and adolescents in Eastern and Southern Africa African Journal of AIDS Research, 15(2), pp123-140, DOI:10.2989/16085906.2016.1194299

Reardon, C., George,G., Mucheuki,C., Govender, K and Quinlan, T (2015) Psychosocial and health risk outcomes among orphans and non-orphans in mixed households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa African Journal of AIDS Research, 14:4, 323-331, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2015.1095774

Govender, K., 2011,  The cool, the bad, the ugly, and the powerful: identity struggles in schoolboy peer culture Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 13 (8), 887-801, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI:10.1080/13691058.2011.586436

Reardon, C and Govender, K, 2011, "Shaping up": The relationship between traditional masculinity, conflict resolution and body image among adolescent boys in South Africa Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care, 6 (1), 78-87, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/17450128.2011.554578

Govender, K., Penning, S., George, G and Quinlan, T., 2011, Weighing up the burden of care on caregivers of orphan children: The Amajuba District Child Health and Wellbeing Project, South Africa AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 24 (6), 712-721, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2011.630455

Bhagwanjee, A., Govender, K., Petersen, I., Akintola, O., George, G., Johnstone, L and Naidoo, K, 2011, Patterns of disclosure and antiretroviral treatment adherence in a South African mining workplace programme and implications for HIV prevention African Journal of AIDS Research, 10 (1), 357-368, Taylor & Francis Online, doi: 10.2989/16085906.2011.637737

Mutinta, G., Govender, K., Gow, J. and George, G, 2012 An exploratory study of the individual determinants of students sexual risk behaviour at a South African university African Journal of AIDS Research, 11 (4), 353-359, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI:10.2989/16085906.2012.754836

Dageida, W., Govender, K and Gordon,S.F., 2012 Masculinity and HIV disclosure among heterosexual South African men: implications for HIV/AIDS intervention Culture, Health &Sexuality, 14 (8), 925-940, Taylor & Francis Online, doi: 10.1080/13691058.2012.710337

Reardon, C. and K. Govender, 2013 Masculinities, cultural worldviews and risk perceptions among South African adolescent learners Journal of Risk Research, 16 (6), 753-70, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2012.737823

Gow, J., George, G., and K. Govender, 2013, A comparison of quality of life between HIV positive and negative diamond miners in South Africa SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS: An OpenAcess Journal, 10 (2), 89-95, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/17290376.2013.870066

George, G., Govender, K., Bachoo, S., Penning, S. and T. Quinlan, 2013 Comparative economic positions of orphan, non-orphan and mixed households: findings from round 3 of the Amajuba District Study in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care, 9 (1), -, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI:10.1080/17450128.2013.772316

Mutinta, G., Govender, K., Gow, J. and G. George, 2013 An investiagtion of students' risky sexual behavouir at KwaZulu-Natal University, Durban, South Africa American Journal of Sexuality Education, 8 (3) , 121-139, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2013.828339

George, G., Strauss, M., Chirawu, P., Rhodes, B., Frohlich, J., Montague, C., and Govender, K. 2014 Barriers and facilitators to the uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) among adolescent boys in KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa African Journal of AIDS Research, 13 (2), 179-187, Routledge, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2014.943253

Petersen, I., Hanass-Hancock, J., Bhana, A., and Govender, K. 2014 A group-based counselling intervention for depression co-morbid with HIV/AIDS using a task shifting approaching South Africa: A randomized controlled pilot study Journal of Affective Disorders, 158 (-), 78-84, Elsevier, DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2014.02.013. 

Hanass-Hancock, J., Regondi, I., and Naidoo, K. 2013 Disability and HIV: What drives this relationship in Eastern and Southern Africa? African Journal of Disability, 2(1), AOSIS Open Journals, Doi: 10.4102/ajod.v2i1.25

Mutinta, G., and Govender, K. 2012 The socio-environmental determinants of students’ sexual risk behaviours Journal of Human Ecology, 38(1),pp17-29.

Govender, K., Akintola, O., George, G., Petersen, I., Bhagwanjee, A., and Reardon, C. 2011 Psychosocial and behavioural correlates of attitudes towards antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a sample of South African mineworkers Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 8 (2), Taylor & Francis Online

Govender, K., George, G., Mucheuki, C., and Strauss, M. 2014 Voluntary medical male circumcision in South Africa: Challenges and opportunities South African Health Review 2013/14

Bhagwanjee, A., Govender, K., Reardon, C., Johnstone, L., George, G., and S.Gordon. 2013 Gendered constructions of the impact of HIV and AIDS in the context of the HIV-positive seroconcordant heterosexual relationship Journal of the International AIDS Society, 6 (18021)

Petersen, I., Hanass-Hancock, J., Bhana, A., and Govender, K. 2013 Closing the treatment gap for depression co-morbid with HIV in South Africa: Voices of afflicted women Health, 5(3), pp 557-566

Journal issues edited

Govender, K and Poku, N (2016) Fast-tracking HIV prevention: scientific advances and implementation challenges African Journal of AIDS Research, 15(2), pp 3-8, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2016.1208944