Dr. Lucinda Manda-Taylor

Health Social Science Theme Lead

Dr.‌ ‌Lucinda‌ ‌Manda-Taylor‌ ‌did‌ ‌her‌ ‌undergraduate‌ ‌and‌ ‌postgraduate‌ ‌studies‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌
Natal,‌ ‌later‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌KwaZulu-Natal‌ ‌(Pietermaritzburg‌ ‌campus,‌ ‌South‌ ‌Africa)‌ ‌
from‌ ‌1998-2008.‌ ‌She‌ ‌graduated‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌PhD‌ ‌in‌ ‌Applied‌ ‌Ethics‌ ‌in‌ ‌April‌ ‌2008.‌ ‌She‌ ‌returned‌ ‌to‌ ‌
Malawi‌ ‌in‌ ‌December‌ ‌2008‌ ‌and‌ ‌joined‌ ‌the‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌Medicine‌ ‌in‌ ‌March‌ ‌2009‌ ‌working‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌
part-time‌ ‌lecturer‌ ‌of‌ ‌Bioethics.‌ ‌In‌ ‌August‌ ‌2009‌ ‌she‌ ‌was‌ ‌appointed‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Institutional‌ ‌Review‌ ‌
Board‌ ‌(IRB)‌ ‌Administrator‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌Medicine‌ ‌Research‌ ‌Ethics‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌(COMREC)‌ ‌
and‌ ‌served‌ ‌in‌ ‌that‌ ‌position‌ ‌for‌ ‌7‌ ‌years.‌ ‌She‌ ‌holds‌ ‌a‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌Lecturer‌ ‌position‌ ‌in‌ ‌Bioethics‌ ‌and‌ ‌
Social‌ ‌Sciences‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Systems‌ ‌and‌ ‌Policy‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌School‌ ‌of‌ ‌Public‌ ‌
Health‌ ‌and‌ ‌Family‌ ‌Medicine‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌Medicine,‌ ‌University‌ ‌of‌ ‌Malawi.‌ ‌ ‌

Lucinda‌ ‌has‌ ‌experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌qualitative‌ ‌research‌ ‌methodologies‌ ‌in‌ ‌health,‌ ‌including‌ ‌in‌ ‌
her‌ ‌PhD‌ ‌research.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌applied‌ ‌social‌ ‌research‌ ‌methods‌ ‌across‌ ‌a‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌funded‌ ‌projects.‌ ‌
Her‌ ‌research‌ ‌work‌ ‌employs‌ ‌empirical‌ ‌approaches‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌following‌ ‌areas:‌ ‌(1)‌ ‌assessing‌ ‌the‌ ‌ethical‌ ‌
conduct‌ ‌of‌ ‌research,‌ ‌(2)‌ ‌exploring‌ ‌the‌ ‌ethics‌ ‌of‌ ‌community‌ ‌engagement,‌ ‌and‌ ‌(3)‌ ‌understanding‌ ‌
individual‌ ‌and‌ ‌community‌ ‌perceptions‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌variety‌ ‌health-related‌ ‌interventions‌ ‌(challenge‌ ‌human‌ ‌
infection‌ ‌studies,‌ ‌malaria,‌ ‌maternal‌ ‌health‌ ‌and‌ ‌maternal‌ ‌mental‌ ‌health).‌ ‌Link‌ ‌to‌ ‌publications:‌ ‌
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gove/pubmed/?term=lucinda+manda+taylor‌ ‌ ‌

Lucinda‌ ‌served‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌Editor-in-Chief‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Malawi‌ ‌Medical‌ ‌Journal‌ ‌from‌ ‌July‌ ‌2016‌ ‌–‌ ‌
December‌ ‌2018.‌ ‌During‌ ‌her‌ ‌time‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌editor‌ ‌she‌ ‌successfully‌ ‌grew‌ ‌the‌ ‌journal’s‌ ‌profile‌ ‌and‌ ‌
output.‌ ‌In‌ ‌less‌ ‌than‌ ‌2‌ ‌years‌ ‌under‌ ‌her‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌and‌ ‌stewardship,‌ ‌the‌ ‌MMJ’s‌ ‌impact‌ ‌factor‌ ‌
soared‌ ‌from‌ ‌0.611‌ ‌(2016)‌ ‌to‌ ‌1.123‌ ‌(2017),‌ ‌signaling‌ ‌an‌ ‌80%‌ ‌leap‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌journal’s‌ ‌ranking‌ ‌–‌ ‌the‌ ‌
highest‌ ‌it‌ ‌has‌ ‌ever‌ ‌been.‌ ‌

In‌ ‌her‌ ‌spare‌ ‌time,‌ ‌Lucinda‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌avid‌ ‌sports‌ ‌woman‌ ‌and‌ ‌fitness‌ ‌enthusiast.‌ ‌She‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌group‌ ‌fitness‌ ‌
instructor‌ ‌registered‌ ‌and‌ ‌certified‌ ‌to‌ ‌teach‌ ‌aerobics‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌following‌ ‌disciplines,‌ ‌Piloxing®‌ ‌SSP‌ ‌
and‌ ‌Xtreme‌ ‌Hip‌ ‌Hop.‌ ‌Lucinda‌ ‌is‌ ‌married‌ ‌to‌ ‌Lyle‌ ‌Sanderson‌ ‌Taylor,‌ ‌and‌ ‌they‌ ‌have‌ ‌2‌ ‌children‌ ‌
together.‌