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Sarah Crawford-Browne

  • Assistant lecturer
  • University of Cape Town
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Currently I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. Over the last decade I have been puzzling about the impact of growing up in an unsafe environment, having multiple experiences of violence and recovering in a context of threat. My practice experiences on the Cape Flats of Cape Town, in Afghanistan, Sudan and Uganda suggests a different presentation and process of recovery to that of people from contexts which are now safer, such as areas of Cape Town, Sierra Leone and Pakistan. I have worked within community based mental health programming in Cape Town with survivors of disaster, political and criminal violence, and for significant periods in the post conflict Sierra Leone and post-earthquake Pakistan. I'm deeply committed to social justice and building an inclusive South Africa for all. My career has taken a bit of a twist, as now I'm teaching 2nd and 3rd year medical students in issues of Culture, Psyche and Illness - which is a wonderful opportunity to share what I've learned over the years with future doctors. I'm married to Deon Snyman COO of the Restitution Foundation and who is currently studying transitional justice and the journey to sustainable peace.

Recent publications

  • Critiquing the response to the Ebola epidemic through a Primary Health Care Approach

    • Scott V
    • Crawford-Browne S
    • Sanders D
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  • Violence, violence prevention, and safety: A research agenda for South Africa

    • Ward C
    • Artz L
    • Berg J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Assistant lecturer

University of Cape Town

October 2008 - Present

Head of Services

The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture

March 2007 - October 2008(2 years)

Researcher - Sudan and Uganda Desk

Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

July 2006 - March 2007(8 months)

Mental health trainer - Sierra Leone

Center for Victims of Torture

January 2004 - July 2006(3 years)

Special projects

Church World Service - Afghanistan/Pakistan

August 2005 - April 2006(8 months)

Coordinator: General Violence Programme

The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture

January 1998 - December 2002(5 years)

Hostel Coordinator

Don Bosco Hostel, Salesian Institute

January 1996 - December 1998(3 years)


M. Social Science - Clinical Social Work

University of Cape Town

Co-authors (15)

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