Catherine Slack

Catherine Slack

Clinical Psychologist, Project Manager: HAVEG

Discipline Psychology
Contact Number 033-260-5751
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room no 14a
Last Updated 1 year ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD


Dr Slack is a clinical psychologist and head of the HIV AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG). (

Her interests are ethical concerns in clinical trials of HIV prevention modalities – including ‘community’/ stakeholder engagement, ancillary-care, informed consent, and adolescent enrolment. She is especially interested in how empirical data might best inform normative guidance

She has researched the ethical-legal framework for trials of HIV prevention products. She has developed resources to assist role-players apply ethical-legal norms. She has worked collaboratively with various stakeholders to address complexities, including investigators, RECs (IRBs) and community representatives.

Dr Slack was a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council in South Africa for 9 years (2007-2016). She was part of the WHO/UNAIDS Ethics, Law and Human Rights Collaborating Centre of the African AIDS Vaccine Program. She was part of the expert panel that helped draft the UNAIDS/WHO (2007) guidance document Ethical Considerations in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials.

HAVEG is currently funded by the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative to explore the process aspects of consent communications; and by the United States Agency for International Development to strengthen ‘community’ engagement during ethics review.

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