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Marguerite Schneider

University of Cape Town

Marguerite Schneider

Marguerite Schneider (PhD) is an emeritus associate professor from the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, University of Cape Town. Her early career was in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology before moving into broader social science research focusing on disability studies and mental health. She led the South African work on the STRiDE project which looks at strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries. She has published on disability measurement, the intersection of disability, poverty and social protection, and in mental health and dementia.  She was the principal investigator on the first national survey on disability in South Africa in 1997-1998. She was part of the team at WHO in Geneva that finalized the ICF. She has been and is currently an active member of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics since 2002 and is the co-chair of the Mental Health measures workgroup.


Countries South Africa;
Topics Dementia care and support; Survey measures;
Methods Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Surveys;
Role Research;
Other 1;
Research interests

Disability measurement and definition

Poverty and disability

Public mental health

Older age and dementia

Key publications
  1. Kleintjes, S., & Schneider, M. (2023). History and politics of mental health policy and care in South Africa. SSM-Mental Health, 100206.
  2. Jacobs, R., Farina, N., & Schneider, M. (2023). Cross-cultural adaptation of the EAST and CASE screening tools for elder abuse in South Africa. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 1-24.
  3. Such H & Schneider, M. (2022) Monitoring disability inclusion: setting a baseline for South Africa. African Journal of Disability, 11(0), a1020.
  4. Jacobs R, Schneider M, Farina N, du Toit P, Evans-Lacko S, and on behalf of the STRiDE team (2022) Stigma and its implications for dementia in South Africa: A multi-stakeholder exploratory study. Ageing & Society, 1–31, doi:10.1017/S0144686X2200040X
  5. Farina N, Jacobs R, Sani TP, Schneider M, et al (2022) Description of the cross-cultural process adopted in the STRiDE (Strengthening Responses to dementia in Developing countries) program: A methodological overview. Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 14:e12293. P1-8. DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12293
  6. Schneider, M. Suich, H. (2021) Measuring Disability Inclusion: Feasibility of Using Existing Multidimensional Poverty Data in South Africa. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 18, 4431.
  7. Lund C, Schneider M, Garman EC, Davies T, Munodawafa M, Honikman S, Bhana A, Bass J, Bolton P, Dewey M, Joska J, Kagee A, Myer L, Petersen I, Prince M, Stein D, Tabana H, Thornicroft G, Tomlinson M, Hanlon C, Alem A, Susser E. (2020) Task-sharing of psychological treatment for antenatal depression in Khayelitsha, South Africa: Effects on antenatal and postnatal outcomes in an individual randomised controlled trial. Behaviour research and Therapy (130) 103466
  8. Abrahams Z, Schneider M, Field S, & Honikman S (2019) Validation of a brief mental health screening tool for pregnant women in a low socio-economic setting. BMC Psychology 7:77,
  9. Phuti A, Schneider M, Makan K, Tikly M & Hodkinson B. (2019). Living with systemic lupus erythematosus in South Africa: a bitter pill to swallow. Health and quality of life outcomes17(1), 1-10. es (2019) 17:65
  10. Lang R, Schneider M, Kett M, Cole E, & Groce, N. (2019). Policy development: An analysis of disability inclusion in a selection of African Union policies. Development Policy Review, 37(2), 155-175. DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12323
  11. Schneider M, Baron E, Davies T, Munodawafa M & Lund C. (2018) Patterns of intimate partner violence among perinatal women with depression symptoms in Khayelitsha, South Africa: a longitudinal analysis. Global Mental Health. 5, e13, page 1 of 11. doi:10.1017/gmh.2018.1
  12. Schneider M, van de Water T, Araya R, Bonini BB, Pilowsky DJ, Pratt C, Price L, Rojas G, Seedat S, Sharma M and Susser E. (2016) Monitoring and evaluating capacity building activities in low and middle income countries: challenges and opportunities. Global Mental Health 1017/gmh.2016.24
  13. Schneider M, Sorsdahl K, Mayston R, Ahrens J, Chibanda D, Fekadu A, Hanlon C, Holzer S, Musisi S, Ofori-Atta A, Thornicroft G, martin P, Alem A, Susser E & Lund C. (2016). Developing mental health research capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa: The AFFIRM project. Global Mental Health 1017/gmh.2016.28
  14. Schneider M, Baron E, Breuer E, Docrat S, Honikman S, Kagee A, … Lund C. (2016). Integrating mental health into South Africa’s health system: current status and way forward. Chpt South African Health review, 153–164
  15. Davies T, Schneider M, Nyatsanza M, & Lund C. (2016) ‘The sun has set even though it is morning’: Experiences and explanations of perinatal depression in an urban township, Cape Town. Transcultural Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/1363461516632389
  16. Schneider M, Baron E, Davies T, Bass J & Lund C. (2015). Making assessment locally relevant: measuring functioning for maternal depression in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. Volume 50, Issue 5 (2015), Page 797-806, doi:10.1007/s00127-014-1003-0
  17. Schneider M, Eide A.H, Amin M, MacLachlan M. & Mannan H. (2013). Inclusion of vulnerable groups in health policies: Regional policies on health priorities in Africa, African Journal of Disability 2(1), Art. #40, 9 pages. http://dx.doi. org/10.4102/ajod.v2i1.40
  18. Schneider M, Wamundila W, Munsanje J. & Swartz L. (2011). Reflections on including disability in social protection programmes. IDS Bulletin, 42(6): 38-44
  19. Schneider M, Dasappa P, Khan N, & Khan A. (2009) Measuring disability in censuses: The case of South Africa. ALTER, European Journal of Disability Research. 3: 245 – 265.
  20. Makiwane M, Tamasane T, & Schneider M. (2010) Families, individuals and communities among homeless people. Development Southern Africa Vol 27(1): 39-49
  21. Schneider M. (2009) The difference a word makes: Responding to questions on ‘disability’ and ‘difficulty’ in South Africa. Disability and Rehabilitation. 31(1), 42 — 50
  22. Schneider M, Manabile E. & Tikly M. (2008) Social aspects of living with rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative descriptive study in Soweto, South Africa – a low resource context. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 6, 54.
  23. Schneider M, Hurst R, Miller J, & Üstün TB. (2003) The role of Environment in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Disability and Rehabilitation, vol 25 (11-12), 588-595.