Brian W Forsyth MBChB, FRCP(C)

Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director for International Research, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Research Interests

Pediatric HIV infection

Current Projects

  • A randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a support intervention designed to promote resilience among young children of HIV-infected women in South Africa.
  • The use of participatory action research in improving adherence to prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) in South Africa.
  • A multi-country study to develop an international guide to monitor and support child development

Research Summary

International research focused on the effects of HIV disease on women and children. A randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a support intervention designed to promote resilience among young children of HIV-infected women in South Africa. The use of participatory action research in improving adherence to prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) in South Africa.

Extensive Research Description

Brian Forsyth is a professor of pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine and at the Child Study Center. His clinical and research interests include the care and needs of disadvantaged children, with a particular focus on children affected by HIV. Dr. Forsyth conducts research in Pretoria, South Africa on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and on promoting resilience in young children of HIV-infected mothers. He also investigates the effects of parental cocaine use on children and develops programs to address children’s psychological and developmental needs. Dr. Forsyth serves as the medical director of the Pediatric AIDS Family Support Program and of the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is also the deputy director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.

Dr. Forsyth received his M.B., Ch.B. from the University of Glasgow School of Medicine. He is a member of the board of directors of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. and was on the board of directors for AIDS Project New Haven. Dr. Forsyth serves as a visiting associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cape Town. He worked on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases special emphasis panel on US-India bilateral collaborative research partnerships on the prevention of HIV/AIDS.


Selected Publications

  • Forsyth BWC, Psychological effects of HIV infection in children, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 12, 1-15, 2003
  • Forsyth BWC, Davis JA, Freudigman KA, Katz KH, Zelterman D, Pregnancy and birth rates among HIV infected women in the United States: the confounding effects of illicit drug use, AIDS, 16, 471-479, 2002
  • Li Y, Zelterman D, Forsyth BWC (2002) Analyzing multiply matched cohort studies with two different comparison groups: Application to pregnancy rates among HIV+ women., Biometrics, 59(3)632-640, Published
  • Forsyth BWC, HIV infection in children: a new hope, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 9, 279-294, 2000
  • Matji JN, Wittenberg DF, Makin JD, Jeffery B, MacIntyre U, Forsyth BWC: Psychosocial and economic determinants of infant feeding intent by pregnant HIV infected women in Tshwane/Pretoria. South African Journal of Child Health, 2008: 2(3):114-118
  • Visser MJ, Neufeld S, Forsyth BWC: To tell or not to tell: South African women’s disclosure of HIV status during pregnancy. AIDS Care, 2008; 20(9): 1138-1145
  • Forsyth B, Vandormael A, Kershaw T, Groebbelaar J: The political context of AIDS-related stigma and knowledge in a South African township community. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 2008; 5(2): 74-82.
  • Visser MJ, Kershaw T, Makin JD, Forsyth BWC: Development of parallel scales to measure HIV-related stigma. AIDS and Behavior 2008; 12 (5): 759-71 PMID 18266101
  • Makin JD, Forsyth BWC, Visser M, Sikkema KJ, Neufield S, Jeffrey B: Factors affecting disclosure in South African HIV positive pregnant women. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2008;22(11):907-916

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