Nomsa Mahlalela [Indlela Nudge Associate]

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Nomsa Mahlalela

Nomsa Mahlalela is a Nudge Associate for the Indlela project. She holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies, a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree in Industrial Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). With over 7 years of experience in public health research, she has managed NIH and USAID funded projects, focusing on Health and Aging, HIV, dementia, Gender-based violence, TB, and a randomized controlled trial evaluating home-based HIV testing strategies for middle- aged and older adults in rural South Africa. Additionally, she oversaw a randomized control trial integrating economic strengthening and HIV prevention programs for vulnerable youth in South Africa, and managed the largest district implementation of the KFW-funded community-based HIV counseling and testing program. She also led a gender-based violence innovation project, funded by Making All Voices Count, aimed at developing and testing a mobile phone intervention to improve post-rape service delivery at Thuthuzela Care Centres / Rape Crisis Centres in Tshwane district, South Africa. Nomsa's research interests include HIV, Gender- based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and health and aging, and she has contributed to peer-reviewed journals in these areas.