Sonny Patel visits the Adolescent Health Research Unit

14 May 2018 - 09:15

Sonny Patel is a U.S. National Institute of Health’s Fogarty Global Health Scholar and Research Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Sonny is spending his NIH Fogarty Global Health fellowship at the University of Cape Town under the mentorship of Professor Dan Stein and Associate Professor Catherine Mathews. During his time in Cape Town, Sonny formed an integral part of the Adolescent Health Research Unit through his contributions to the Unit's academic meetings and adolescent health journal club.


Sonny's research focuses on community cohesion and social support among young women and girls in South Africa. Previously, he was a researcher at the UK National Institute for Health Research’s Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London. At King's College London, he carried out work that looked at resilience and flooding in the UK. Prior to joining King's College London, Sonny was a research associate at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he carried out global health research and evaluated programs related to Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters along with supporting U.S. public health initiatives. He received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley and received his Masters in Public Health from University of Southern California.