Dr. Wylene Saal is currently a senior lecturer in Psychology at Sol Plaatje University. She holds a PhD in Research Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, and her work focused on common mental disorders (i.e., major depression and generalized anxiety disorder) among people seeking HIV testing in the Western Cape.
She is a co-investigator in a research project: HEY BABY (Help Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young children), a cohort of adolescent mothers and their children in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Currently, she is focusing on research exploring suicidality and mental health among adolescents living with HIV and/ or adolescent mothers. Her research interests include adolescent mental health, HIV, and health psychology.