Siyanai Zhou

PhD Candidate, Adolescent Accelerators Research Hub

Research Project(s)

  • HEY BABY (Helping Empower Youth Brought up in Adversity with their Babies and Young children);Mzantsi Wakho Adolescent Adherence Study
  • UPLIFT (Understanding Predictors of Lifelong Initiation and Follow-up Treatment for adolescents and youth living with HIV)

Research Interests

  • ART adherence
  • Adolescents
  • Biostatistics


Siyanai Zhou is a senior quantitative researcher and PhD candidate with the UKRI GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents (Accelerate) Hub at the University of Cape Town (UCT), with a primary focus on the application of advanced statistical methodologies and demographic techniques in health and social sciences. Siyanai holds an Honours degree in Statistics and an MPhil in Demography. He is currently a second-year PhD student in Public Health at the University of Cape Town focusing on modeling ART adherence trajectories among adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. He is also currently working on matching, linking, and merging adolescents’ self-reported data with routine data from the National Health Laboratory Service of South Africa. 

 Siyanai Zhou CV

Recent Publications 

  • Steinert, J. I., Shenderovich, Y., Smith, M., Zhou, S., Toska, E., & Cluver, L. (2022). Economic Well-being and Associated Mediating Pathways to Improved Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Among Adolescents Living With HIV: A Prospective Cohort Study in South Africa. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)91(4), 343–352.

  • Toska, E., Zhou, S., Laurenzi, C. A., Haghighat, R., Saal, W., Gulaid, L., & Cluver, L. (2022). Predictors of secondary HIV transmission risk in a cohort of adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. AIDS (London, England)36(2), 267–276.

  • Edun, O., Shenderovich, Y., Zhou, S., Toska, E., Okell, L., Eaton, J.W. and Cluver, L. (2022), Predictors and consequences of HIV status disclosure to adolescents living with HIV in Eastern Cape, South Africa: a prospective cohort study. J Int AIDS Soc., 25: e25910.