About Dr. Andrew Tomita

atomita@ahri.org +27 (0) 31 260 3744


Andrew Tomita was awarded his PhD from Columbia University. His research interest is in social epidemiology, focusing on health services strengthening and social determinants of HIV, TB and mental health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Current Affiliations:

- Senior Lecturer: School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.




Ph.D. Columbia University School of Social Work, 2011

Master of Public Administration, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 2006

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Boston University School of Management, 2000


Predictors of quality of life among community psychiatric patients in a peri-urban district of Gauteng Province, South Africa..
Mapatwana D, Tomita A, Burns JK, Robertson LJ, Int J Soc Psychiatry (2019), 65(4):322-332. doi: 10.1177/0020764019842291.

Major depression and household food insecurity among individuals with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa..
Tomita A, Ramlall S, Naidu T, Mthembu SS, Padayatchi N, Burns JK, Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. (2019), doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01669-y:.

Spatial structure of depression in South Africa: A longitudinal panel survey of a nationally representative sample of households.
Cuadros DF, Tomita A, Vandormael A, Slotow R, Burns JK, Tanser F, Scientific Reports (2019), 9(1):979:doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-37791-1.

Identification of patients with recent-onset psychosis in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa: a pilot study with traditional health practitioners and diagnostic instruments.
Veling W, Burns JK, Makhathini EM, Mtshemla S, Nene S, Shabalala S, Mbatha N, Tomita A, Baumgartner J, Susser I, Hoek HW, Susser E, Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2018), doi: 10.1007/s00127-018-1623-x:.

Intimate partner violence among HIV-serodiscordant couples in Durban, South Africa.
Mashaphu S, Wyatt GE, Gomo E, Tomita A, SAMJ (2018), 108(11):960-964.

Sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress among African female refugees and migrants in South Africa.
Mhlongo MD, Tomita A, Thela L, Maharaj V, Burns JK, S Afr J Psychiatr (2018), 24:1208:10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v24.i0.1208.

Epidemiological patterns of mental disorders and stigma in a community household survey in urban slum and rural settings in Kenya.
Mutiso VN, Musyimi CW, Tomita A, Loeffen L, Burns JK, Ndetei DM, Int J Soc Psychiatry (2018), 64(2):120-129. doi: 10.1177/0020764017748180:.

Green environment and incident depression in South Africa: a geospatial analysis and mental health implications in a resource-limited setting.
Tomita A, Vandormael AM, Cuadros D, Di Minin E, Heikinheimo V, Tanser F, Slotow R, Burns JK, Lancet Planetary Health (2017), 1:152?62.

Effect of population viral load on prospective HIV incidence in a hyperendemic rural African community.
Tanser F, Vandormael A, Cuadros D, Phillips AN, de Oliveira T, Tomita A, Barnighausen T, Pillay D, Science Translational Medicine (2017), 9:eaam8012.

Longitudinal trends in the prevalence of detectable HIV viremia: Population-based evidence from rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Vandormael A, Barnighausen T, Herbeck J, Tomita A, Phillips A, Pillay D, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, Clin Infect Dis. (2017), :doi: 10.1093/cid/cix976.

Substance use and duration of untreated psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Davis GP, Tomita A, Baumgartner JN, Mtshemla S, Nene S, King H, Susser E and Burns JK, South African Journal of Psychiatry (2016), 22(1):p. 7.

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