Professor Neo Ketumetse Morojele has done outstanding work on finding solutions to one of the biggest problems facing South Africa and the world. Morojele has spent the last two decades conducting research on substance abuse, the extent of use and its impact on society.
Morojele was one of the first scholars in Africa to start research on the links between alcohol use and HIV infection from the early 2000s. In addition, much of her earlier research focused on identifying factors underlying substance use among adolescents and young adults. Most recently, her research has included a focus on alcohol policy issues, and she has conducted studies examining the role of the marketing of alcohol in adolescents’ alcohol consumption.
Morojele is a full Professor of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, and an Honorary Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also an Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She serves as a consultant to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the SA Medical Research Council. With a National Research Foundation C1 rating, Morojele is the author of about 80 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in leading international journals such as The Lancet, Addiction and the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. She has also authored or co-authored 12 book chapters, and several technical reports. She has been a keynote speaker for international audiences and has also presented papers at numerous national and international scientific conferences. Morojele has served as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization. She is also a member of the Board of the International Confederation of Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Associations and a Member of the Coordinating Committee of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol. She also sits on the editorial boards of established journals, and is an associate editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies; and the Journal of Substance Use. She is the senior editor on the board of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research.