PsySSA Executive Committee
The PsySSA Executive is made up of 8 members – a President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and five additional members.
The PsySSA Executive for the 2016-2017 term is:
Prof Tholene Sodi
Tholene Sodi is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Limpopo. He is the past vice president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and former chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology. Prof Sodi is an NRF rated researcher and has numerous publications, mostly in the area of culture and mental health.
PsySSA President Elect
Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige
Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige is a registered educational psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology. She has been with the University of Johannesburg (previously RAU) since 1997. Her teaching responsibilities involve the professional practice development of school counselors on BEd Hons and educational psychologists on Master’s level. Her main research focus is on community engagement in the form of service learning and professional practice supervision within this area. She was the Head of Department of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg from 2011 to 2016.
PsySSA Past President
Prof Sumaya Laher
Sumaya Laher is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a dual registration with the HPCSA in the categories of research psychologist and psychometrist (independent practice). Prof Laher serves as Chair of the Congress Committee for the 22nd Annual PsySSA Congress and is an Associate Editor on the South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP). Prof Laher is an NRF rated researcher whose research interests are in the areas of psychological assessment, culture and mental illness.
Dr Ewald Crause
Dr Ewald Crause is a senior psychologist working at the Western Cape Education Department in the Cape Winelands. His fields of interest include career development, using ICT to enhance psychological service provision, and life/career design. At the core of his work endeavours lies a commitment to the development of evidence-based practices for effective psychological service provision.
Prof Mercy Tshilidzi Mashamaba
Professor Tshilidzi Mashamba is currently heading the Department of Psychology and is also the Vice Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Venda. She did her doctoral degree in Psychology at the University of Venda and her postdoctoral Master of Science in Epidemiology in Columbia University in the United States of America. Her research interests include Indigenous Knowledge and Health Systems, Mental Health, HIV and AIDs, and Health Psychology. Professor Mashamba serve as external examiner for post graduate students across universities in South Africa.
Dr Boitumelo Diale
Dr Boitumelo (Tumi) Diale is a registered and a practicing Educational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. She also chairs the Faculty of Education Transformation Committee. Dr Diale is the section editor (Educational Psychology) for the South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE). She is also a board member of the South African Career Development Association (SACDA).
Dr Diana Soares De Sousa
PhD (Psychology), MA (Research Psychology), BA Hons Applied Psychology/BPsych Equivalence (Cum Laude), BA (Psychology and Linguistics), University of the Witwatersrand
Dr Diana Soares De Sousa is a Research Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Head of Teaching and Learning at the South African College of Applied Psychology on the Johannesburg campus. She is an additional member of the Executive Committee of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) as well as the Chair of Registered Counselor and Psychometry Division of PsySSA. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research specialisation falls within the field of developmental cognitive-neuropsychology, with special interest in the role of multilingualism in learning to read and spell, intelligence, working memory and creativity in monolingual, bilingual and multilingual children, as well as in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is the author and co-author of numerous accredited articles published locally and internationally and has presented papers at a number of conferences. She teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics, psychological assessment and interpretation and also supervises the research projects of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Ms Anne Kramers-Olen
Anne Kramers-Olen obtained her Masters degree in Social Science (Clinical Psychology) from the then named University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). She completed her internship at the Midlands Hospital Complex in Pietermaritzburg during 1998 and is currently employed at Fort Napier Hospital. She has worked in the public and private sector, and has published papers in the area of ethics, forensics, intellectual disability and psychosocial rehabilitation. She is an associate editor of the South African Journal of Psychology and honorary lecturer at the Department of Behavioural Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mr Umesh Bawa
Umesh Bawa is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He also serves as a senior team member on key community-engaged research projects led by the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. He has worked in the fields of violence rehabilitation, trauma and human rights in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Chile. He has served on the Council for the International Society for Health and Human Rights, and was until recently the Director of the Children for Tomorrow- South Africa Project, a free psychological service for children traumatised by violence in impoverished communities in the Western Cape province of South Africa. His research, training and clinical interests are in the areas of the psychological effects of violence on children, trauma counselling, the re-integration of ex-combatants and child soldiers in post-conflict countries, and safety and peace promotion.