Deirdre Pieterse attended the Tirisano programme as a Track A scholar in 2017. In 2018 she graduated with a MPhil in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry from the University of Cape Town. In June 2018 her MPhil research project was selected for oral and poster presentation at the annual European Association Psychosomatic Medicine conference in Verona, Italy. Deirdre was appointed as a permanent psychiatrist at Valkenberg Hospital and a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town in February 2018. Her current research interest stems from her MPhil and continues local work in the field of suicide prevention and research. She continues to collaborate with UCLA scholars on a paper examining parental and youth Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.