Kirsten is a medical doctor from South Africa. She has worked in rural and urban settings in South Africa, Lesotho and the UK. She is passionate about mental and neurological health, particularly in youth living with HIV, young women, and people living in rural and/or low-income African settings.

She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Oxford under supervisors from the fields of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health focused on the effect of HIV on the adolescent brain and ways that music interventions might be useful to improve cognition and mental wellbeing in this context. Her research is based in Mpumalanga, South Africa in collaboration with academics from three local universities. She sings in two choirs in Oxford, and enjoys playing the guitar, piano and djembe drum. She plans to continue working in the field of brain health in Africa after her PhD.