PsySSA Awards

PsySSA AWARDS 2016

PsySSA Award for Science 2016

This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to psychological science by a current or past scholar or team of scholars.

Prof Garth Stevens

Prof Stevens is currently housed in the Department of Psychology at Wits as full-professor. He made significant contributions to the field of psychology in the areas of violence, race, psychoanalysis and is well-known in for his part in critically engaging with apartheid and discriminatory issues (such as the Apartheid Archive). His commitment to science is demonstrated by his impressive list of publications, the various visiting professor invitations that he has received, the number of research grants he has secured and his appointment as the Assistant Dean at the Wits Faculty of Humanities. In addition, Professor Stevens has supervised a vast number of postgraduate students. Professor Stevens can lay claim to both national and international visibility given his regular contributions to global congresses and his involvement as a guest editor on a number of internationally acclaimed journals.

PsySSA Award for Mentoring and Development 2016

This prize is awarded in recognition of mentoring and developing the careers/studies of students, psychologists or colleagues

Prof Tholene Sodi

Prof Tholene Sodi is currently Full Professor and Head: Department of Psychology,University of Limpopo (01 January 2010 up to present). He has demonstrated outstanding leadership in most areas within the discipline of psychology. One of his most notable contributions, over and above his leadership in professional and academic psychology, is his role as student mentor. He is described as an unselfish, highly knowledgeable researcher with an impeccable legacy of support for particularly young students. His academic and mentoring care for his students is clearly evident from a number of testimonials from students. Amongst others he supports students financially from his own funds but also identify and guide students with potential and many stand in important positions today.

PsySSA Award for Community Service 2016

This prize is awarded to psychologists working in any area of clinical specialisation, health services provision, or consulting, and services provided to any patient population or professional clientele in a community setting.

Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU)

The Violence & Peace Research Unit (VIPRU) is led by Professors Van Niekerk and Seedat and is a partnership between the Institute for Social and Health Sciences (University of South Africa), the Medical Research Council. Over many years, the VIPRU has made a critically important contribution in the community. With an approach driven by a unique, community-based understanding of the injury problem and a recognition of the value of community led solutions, VIPRU demonstrates a commitment to community engagement that is rarely seen. It has a enourmous impact in the communities it serves, a fact that is spontaneously validated by members of the ccommunities. =The learning environment created by VIPRU staff and students in concert with their community, provides a powerfully supportive context for the generation of new ideas, new approaches and new original knowledge. Their collective efforts are forging directions for sustainable improvements for injury-related health in populations throughout Africa and beyond.

PsySSA Award for Undergraduate teaching excellence and/or graduate teaching excellence 2016

Awarded to individuals who have sustained experience in a university requiring substantial teaching responsibilities in Psychology

Prof Ronelle Carolissen

Prof Carolissen is an Associate Professor of Community Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Stellenbosch University. Her students speak highly of her and use the same words to describe her supervision: inspirational, highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable. She keeps students interested in their research projects by sharing the newest trends and articles. She is an excellent educator and researcher. She does not address issues only on a national level but provides deep insight into how the world is dealing with the same issues that South Africans currently experience.

PsySSA AWARDS 2015

PsySSA Fellowship 2015

The award is a lifetime achievement award in recognition of a person that has dedicated his/her life to Psychology in South Africa.

Prof Norman Duncan

Prof Duncan is a more than worthy recipient of a PsySSA Fellowship an award that recognises both scientific excellence and a contribution to social justice and humanity. Professor Duncan has made immense contributions to guide South African psychology, through his research and scholarship, including his early work on race and racism, and more recently through his leadership on the Apartheid Archive project; through mentorship and capacitation of emerging researchers; and through his active academic citizenship. Professor Duncan has distinguished himself as a great scholar, a leader and mentor – in the service of the discipline and of his fellow human beings.

PsySSA Award for Science 2015

This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to psychological science by a current or past scholar or team of scholars.

Prof Brett Bowman

Prof Bowman is an active researcher who has published extensively in the areas of community and critical psychology, critical public health and violence and injury prevention. His recent work theorizing the translation of risk factors into enactments has been described as ‘groundbreaking’. His achievements have been noted as outstanding for a young scholar and the National Research Foundation has already recognized him for his scientific contributions. He is recognized, through this award for his significant contributions to psychological science.

PsySSA Award for Practice 2015

This prize is awarded to a practitioner who has made a significant impact in his/her practice, and or community through facilitating the healthy functioning of persons/communities.

Dr Cecile Gericke

Doctor Cecile Gericke is a Ferndale based practitioner who specialises in a variety of areas.  Her main focus being depression and anxiety, panic attacks, conflict and anger management, combat and civil PTSD, phobias, couples therapy and workshops for couples, as well as growth therapy and integration of the mind and body.

Dr Louise Olivier

Dr Louise Olivier is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist.  She has a special interest in the fields of forensic psychology, neuropsychology, hypnotherapy, sex therapy and clinical psychology. She studied at various South African universities after which she did extensive courses abroad in her fields of interests in the USA, Germany, Italy, Australia, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

PsySSA Award for Mentoring and Development 2015

This prize is awarded in recognition of mentoring and developing the careers/studies of students, psychologists or colleagues

Dr Cecile Gericke

Dr Gericke has worked tirelessly to train the next generation of psychologists, with passion and professionalism. She has keenly identified and promoted new talent and nurtures potential leaders with enthusiasm and commitment.

Dr Louise Olivier

Dr Olivier is described by her mentees as generous with her time and knowledge. Her mentoring of the next generation has illustrated her determination to contribute to the continued growth and sustainability of hypnosis and psychotherapy in South Africa.

Prof Frederik Snyders

Prof Snyders is recognised for his efforts in mentoring and developing the next generation of psychologists, including some of his colleagues at the University of South Africa. He has been involved in the training and mentoring of students, interns and fellow professionals for over 40 years and has done so with grace, passion and humility. He is described as an inspirational and generous mentor and teacher who has transformed and inspired a countless people who have interacted with him.

PsySSA Award for Public Service 2015

This prize is awarded to an individual who has developed, refined, and implemented practices, procedures and methods that had or have an impact on both people in public service settings and the profession of psychology.

Prof Peter Emanuel Franks

Prof Franks is a highly distinguished and accomplished scholar who has devoted a significant part of his working life to understanding the complex interplay between cultural and social transformation and its impact on Public Service reform. Currently retired but active as Prof Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch, he accumulated an impressive range of experience in teaching and research and is widely acknowledged as a leading scholar and thinker in the fields of Leadership and Public Management in South Africa today.

PsySSA AWARDS 2014

PsySSA Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence and/ or Graduate Teaching Excellence 2014

This prize is awarded to an individual who has sustained experience in a university requiring substantial teaching responsibility in Psychology.

Prof Sumaya Laher

Prof Laher is a committed and diligent teacher who has received positive evaluations of her teaching from both students and colleagues. She is commended for her use of technology and innovative teaching methods, as well as the time and effort spent on developing materials to stimulate students in the learning of research methods.

PsySSA Award for Mentoring and Development 2014

This prize is awarded in recognition ofmentoring and developing the careers/studies of students, psychologists or colleagues

Prof Anthony Pillay

Prof A Pillay is commended for his important work in developing and mentoring intern clinical psychologists and junior colleagues. He has engaged in these activities with a deep ethical and political sense of the socio-political challenges of the time. He is also commended for drawing mentees into collaborative projects with him and providing them with wide range of opportunities to advance their careers.

Prof Basil Pillay

Prof B Pillay is recognized for his mentoring and development of students under his supervision as well as of junior colleagues. These efforts have made significant contributions to transforming the discipline. The extent of his supervision of masters and doctoral students is particularly notable. His former mentees commend him for his compassion, empathy and high level of professionalism.

Prof Johan B Schoeman

Professor Schoeman is acknowledged for his steadfast and selfless dedication to the development of his students and younger academic colleagues. As a mentor, he has been described as generous with his time and advice and highly supportive and always encouraging to his students.

PsySSA Award for Science 2014

This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to psychological science by a current or past scholar or team of scholars.

Prof Kobus Maree

Prof Maree is commended for his significant contributions to psychological science through an extensive record of publications, his numerous invitations to national and international events, his many awards and prizes obtained and his track record of student supervision and mentoring. He is described as “one of the most accomplished scholars of his time” who has “launched one of the most productive scholarly careers in the South African academy”.

PsySSA Fellowship 2014

The prize is awarded to lifetime achievement recognition from PsySSA to a person that dedicated his/her life to Psychology in South Africa.

Dr Ann Watts

In this Fellowship Award, Dr Ann Watts is recognised for her important contributions to South African Psychology. Dr Watts has played an instrumental role in the development of neuropsychology in South Africa, notably in facilitating the recognition of the field as a distinct area of registration and training. Her leadership contributions are extensive. Amongst other significant positions, she is Secretary General of the International Union of Psychological Science and is the first woman and candidate outside Europe and North America to hold this position.  She is also Incoming President of the International Neuropsychological Society. 

PsySSA Award for Public Service 2014

This prize is awarded to an individual who has developed, refined, and implemented practices, procedures and methods that had or have an impact on both people in public service settings and the profession of psychology.

Prof Anthony Pillay

Prof Anthony Pillay has over the years been instrumental in formulating policies and regulations that informed psychology best practice in the public sector. His research initiatives especially in the practice areas of mental health and forensic psychology ensured that psychology professionals were able to carry out their service delivery made ethically, morally, diligently and with utmost care. He continues to advocate for the mental health needs of the marginalised and the poor communities to be met through innovative, impactful and pragmatic service delivery methods.

PsySSA Award for Practice 2014 

This prize is awarded to a practitioner who has made a significant impact in his/her practice, and or community through facilitating the healthy functioning of persons/communities.

Dr Solomon Makola

Dr Makola is commended for his significant impacts on practice and community engagement. His psycho-educational work conducted for the purpose of making psychological knowledge accessible to wider South African audiences, is particularly notable.

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