Professor Mark Tomlinson is based in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University. His scholarly work has involved a diverse range of topics that have in common an interest in factors that contribute to compromised maternal health, to understanding infant and child development in contexts of high adversity and how to develop community based intervention programmes. He has completed four large randomised controlled trials aimed at improving maternal and child health and child development. His team is currently following up the cohorts in two of these trials – children aged three years and aged 13 years. Prof Tomlinson is one of two Research Directors of PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME). The goal of PRIME is to generate evidence on the implementation and scaling up of treatment programmes for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care contexts in five countries (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda) He has received research grants from the Wellcome Trust (UK), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); National Institute of Drug Abuse (USA); National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the Department for International Development (DfID -UK), and recently from Grand Challenges Canada. He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, edited two books and published numerous chapters. He is an Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal, and is also on the Editorial Boards of PLoS Medicine; Psychology, Health and Medicine; International Health; and Mental Health and Prevention.