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Mark is the Founding Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University.  He is also Professor of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University, Belfast, UK.  His scholarly work has involved a diverse range of topics such as improving early childhood development, mental health, adolescent health, and on life course approaches to build human capital in the first two decades of life. He was one of the co-ordinating writers of the World Health Organization document – “Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development”. He was elected as a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa in 2017.  He received the Chancellors Award for Research at Stellenbosch University in 2015.  He has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited two books and published numerous chapters.  He has an H-index of 76; an i-10 index of 252; and 21353 citations (google scholar).  He is on the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine; is an Associate Editor of Infant Mental Health Journal; Associate Editor of Adversity and Resilience Science: Journal of Research and Practice; and is also on the Editorial Board of Psychology, Health and Medicine.

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