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


HIV seroconcordance among heterosexual couples in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a population-based analysis.
Kim HY, Harling G, Vandormael A, Tomita A, Cuadros DF, Bärnighausen T, Tanser F, J Int AIDS Soc. (2020), 23(1):e25432. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25432:.

Attitude and preferences towards oral and long-acting injectable antipsychotics in patients with psychosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Roopun KR, Tomita A, Paruk S, South African Journal of Psychiatry (2020), 6(0), a1509. https://doi.org/ 10.4102/sajpsychiatry. v26i0.1509:.

Spatial clustering of food insecurity and its association with depression: a geospatial analysis of nationally representative South African data, 2008–2015.
Tomita A, Cuadros DF, Mabhaudhi T, Sartorius B, Ncama BP, Dangour AD, Tanser F, Modi AT, Slotow R, Burns JK , Scientific Reports (2020), (2020) 10:13771. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-70647-1:.

Neurocognitive functioning in MDR-TB patients with and without HIV in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Ramlall S, Lessells RJ, Naidu T, Mthembu SS, Padayatchi N, Burns JK, Tomita A, Tropical Medicine and International Health (2020), 25 (8), 919–927 :.

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.

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:.

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.

Space-time clustering of recently diagnosed tuberculosis and impact of ART scale-up: Evidence from an HIV hyper-endemic rural South African population.
Tomita A, Smith CM, Lessells RJ, Pym A, Grant AD, de Oliveira T, Tanser F , Scientific Reports (2019), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46455-7:.

The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Perinatal Substance Use Behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa..
Bhengu BS, Tomita A, Mashaphu S, Paruk S, AIDS Behav. (2019), doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02661-y:.

Recent levels and trends in HIV incidence rates among adolescent girls and young women in ten high-prevalence African countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Birdthistle I, Tanton C, Tomita A, de Graaf K, Schaffnit SB, Tanser F, Slaymaker E, Lancet Global Health (2019), 7: e1521–40:.

Depression, anxiety and stress symptoms in patients presenting with dyspepsia at a regional hospital in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Tshabalala SJ, Tomita A, Ramlall S , South African Journal of Psychiatry (2019), 2019;25(0), a1382. https://doi.org/10.4102/ sajpsychiatry.v25i0.1382:25(0), a1382. https://doi.org/10.4102/ sajpsychiatry.v25i0.1382.

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:.

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.

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.

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:.

Social disequilibrium and the risk of HIV acquisition: A multilevel study in rural KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Tomita A, Vandormael AM, Barnighausen T, de Oliveira T, Tanser F, J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. (2017), :10.1097/QAI.0000000000001349.

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.

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.

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.

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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