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 Sumaya Laher
Sumaya Laher (link to http://www.wits.ac.za/staff/sumaya.laher.htm) received her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in research design, psychometrics, psychological assessment and statistics. Sumaya frequently consults with and mentors students in terms of their research and careers. She is supportive of emerging scholarship and plays an active role in getting students and staff to undertake and publish research. A number of her students now hold positions in business, NGO’s and academia.
Sumaya’s history with PsySSA stems back to 2000 where Sumaya was amongst the students who petitioned for a student division at PsySSA. Since then she has been an active member of PsySSA serving at various occasions on the Executive for the PsySSA Division of Research Methodology (DRM). In 2014 she served as an additional member on the PsySSA Executive and in 2015 Sumaya served as President-Elect of the Society. For the 2015-2016 term, Sumaya will serve in the position of President.
Sumaya is a psychologist specializing in the field of psychological assessment. She holds a dual registration with the HPCSA in the categories of research psychologist and psychometrist (independent practice). Her doctoral and subsequent research into personality, psychometrics and assessment is instrumental in pioneering the usage and interpretation of key instruments in South Africa. She recently co-edited a book titled, ‘Psychological assessment in South Africa: Research and Applications’ (insert link to www.psychologicalassessmentinsouthafrica.com) that is fast becoming a seminal text in the area. Aside from psychological assessment, Sumaya contributes actively to research on indigenous knowledge systems with her work on traditional healing systems particularly those proposed by Islam, Hinduism and African approaches. Sumaya was awarded a youth rating by the National Research Foundation in 2013 in recognition of her research outputs.
Sumaya is an Associate Editor at the South African Journal of Psychology and serves as reviewer for a number of local and international journals. She served on the scientific and organizing committees of various conferences. Sumaya chaired the Emerging Psychologist Programme at the ICP 2012 conference in Cape Town. Presently Sumaya contributes actively to the annual PsySSA conferences as well as the biennial Southern African Psychology Students Conferences.
PsySSA President Elect
Prof Tholene Sodi
Tholene Sodi is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, currently employed as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Limpopo. He is also a part-time Professor at Sefako Makgato University (SMU) where he teaches ethics to Clinical Masters students. He holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Cape Town. From 2004 up to 2015, Prof Sodi served the Professional Board for Psychology and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in different capacities. For example, between 2010 and 2015 he was vice president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology.
Professor Sodi has numerous publications in the form of journal articles and conference proceedings and has presented more than 60 papers at national and international conferences. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology in Africa. He has also served as a reviewer of a number of local and international journals. In 2012, he was awarded a C rating by the National Research Foundation (South Africa). This six-year recognition award is given to scholars with a sustained recent record of productivity in their field and are recognised by their peers as having produced a body of quality work. He has also received a number of awards in recognition of his scholarly achievements. These include: the University of Limpopo (UL) Vice-Chancellor’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the School of Social Sciences”; the UL Dean’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the Faculty of Humanities”; and, the PsySSA award for Mentoring and Developing the Careers/Studies of Students, Psychologists or Colleagues.
Prof Anthony Pillay
Anthony Pillay is Associate Professor in Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. In addition to his training as a Clinical Psychologist, he holds a Doctors degree in Psychology from the University of Natal, and a Master’s Degree in Maternal & Child Health from Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Mauritius, where he is involved in ongoing research, in the area of depression in women and girls. His other areas of research include community mental health, the training and role of clinical psychologists, & forensic mental health. His research is published in peer reviewed journals and books internationally. Professor Pillay is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Psychology, as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. He is an external examiner at many universities, and is a reviewer for numerous Psychology and Medical journals around the world. He is the recipient of many awards, including a University of KwaZulu-Natal award for being one of the most published academics, as well as two PsySSA awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Public Service and for Mentoring & Developing the Careers of Students, Psychologists &Colleagues.
Dr Ewald Crause
Dr Ewald Crause is a counselling psychologist in private practice (George, SA) and manager of Resilience: Life and Career Management Pty Ltd, a company specializing in developing tailor-made psycho-educational workshops covering a range of topics. He received his doctorate in the field of program development (i.e., bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice) where Growing-Up: Children Building Careers™ was developed and found to be an example of how to effectively combine career- and computer-based learning programs for children. Previously he has held contract positions at the Departments of Education and Correctional Services and continues to be involved as a post-graduate lecturer (i.e., career psychology) for the NMMU’s psychology training program on an ad hoc basis. At the core of his work endeavours lies a commitment to the development of evidence-based practices as a prerequisite for effective psychological service provision.
Other fields of interest include sport psychology and competency-based assessments in which he is actively involved in within the Southern Cape region.
University of South Africa, UNISA Postgraduate Certificate in Education, in process Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, SA Dphil Psychology, April 2013 M.A. Counselling Psychology, April 2006 University of Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, SA B.Psych, April 2004.
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 and Head of the Department since 2011. Her teaching responsibilities involve the ETHICAL professional practice development of school counselors on BEd Hons and educational psychologists on Master’s level.
She has supervised about 50 master’s students. Her main research focus is on community engagement in the form of service learning and professional practice supervision within this area. She has presented her and other’s research on national and international level and has published in books and journals.
Dr Dunbar-Krige was the secretary of the educational psychology division of the Psychological Association of South Africa as well as the secretary of the Educational Psychology Forum that focused on the change of focus in the Scope of Practice for educational psychologists. She was a co-opted member of the committee for preliminary inquiry for the Board for Psychology from 2012 until 2015.
Dr Kgamadi Kometsi
Kgamadi Kometsi studied at Vista University, trained at UCT and attained his PhD in 2008 at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER). Following an academic career spanning more than 10 years, he shifted his focus towards human rights work, joining the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) initially, and the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) subsequently.
As part of the human rights work, Kgamadi presented at different for a including at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently he is employed by the Department of Correctional Services as the Director: Psychological Services, and is responsible for the national portfolio of psychological services in the Department.
His publications are mostly in the psychodynamic realm, and he conducts a part-time private practice at the Bryanwood Therapy & Assessment Centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Ms Lucinda Johns
Lucinda Johns is a registered Counselling Psychologist who currently works as a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in the Discipline of Psychology. During her 15 years at UKZN, Lucinda developed her teaching skills and demonstrated her competence as a lecturer in teaching and supervision. For the past two years, she has been a member of the School of Applied Human Sciences Management Committee (MANCO) which helped in the development of her management and leadership skills. As a breast cancer survivor, Lucinda has contributed to the book entitled The Resource Guide to Breast Cancer in South Africa 2011 compiled by The C-Sisters. In 2014, she compiled and edited the October Breast Cancer Edition for The Ripple Effect newspaper. She has been a guest speaker for several breast cancer support groups and participated in the training of lay-counsellors for CANSA (KZN Branch). These experiences motivated her to register for a PhD which focuses on her personal journey with breast cancer. From 2013-2015, she was an executive member of the South African Association for Counselling Psychology (SAACP) Division. She is also currently a member of the PysSSA KwaZulu-Natal Branch.
Mr Rafiq Lockhat
Rafiq Lockhat is a Clinical Psychologist who completed his studies at the University of Natal in 1988.He has worked in many mental health facilities around the country such as Town Hill Psychiatric Hospital, Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital, Umgeni Institute for the Mentally Retarded, Northdale Hospital Psychology Clinic, Valkenburg Psychiatric Hospital and Lentegeur Psychiatric.
He then moved into academia and occupied a senior lecturer post in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape, where he taught for 10 years. During that time he was also co-director of the Bathuthuzele Youth Stress Clinic, a joint venture between the University and the Medical Research Council. The clinic was the first of its kind in the research and treatment of children and youth suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He won the Lecturer of the Year award in 1996. He was appointed the Chairperson of the Public Relations Committee of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences. He has been the Vice Chairperson of the South African Society of Clinical Psychologists. He has served as executive member of the Education, Training and Credentialing Committee of the Professional Board for Psychology. One of his tasks was to inspect hospital clinical training programs for quality assurance. He also served on the Committee of Preliminary Disciplinary Enquiry of the Professional Board for Psychology tasked with investigating ethical violations by psychologists.
He currently runs a successful private practice at Multimed Health Centre and sits on the board of Summit Psych Clinic. In addition, he owns The Kip McGrath Education Centre (housed at the Centre)-an international remedial education franchise which he purchased in 2000.It is now a successful operation that employs 15 part time teachers.
He has been consultant Clinical Psychologist for companies like BP (South Africa), BP (Africa) Medscheme, Computicket, Telkom, the Gauteng Department of Education Senior Management Team and Parliament.
Rafiq has presented numerous papers at both National and International Conferences. He has appeared on several television shows including 3rd Degree and gives regular talks and interviews on local community and national radio programs such as Radio 702/ 567 and SAFM. He has had his own phone in psychology show on Heart 104.9 FM called the Psych Line and it ran from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2009.
He has written chapters in academic textbooks and published peer reviewed journal articles and has contributed to articles in popular magazines like Fairlady, Cosmopolitan and Womans Health. Currently he is the Specialist Psyche Editor for Men’s Health Magazine and between December 2007 and 2010 had his own weekly Psychology column in the Saturday Star newspaper called Alpha Mail. In terms of his psychotherapeutic interests Rafiq has a keen interest in the Psychodynamic therapies and a passion for brief ,effective treatments. He has completed EMDR level 1 and 2 training, various Hypnosis courses, and most recently he completed BWRT (Brainworking Recursive Therapy) level 1 and 2 training as well being awarded Master Trainer Status.
Ms Neo Pule
Neo Pule is a registered Counselling Psychologist with the HPCSA in private practice since 2009. As early as her newly qualified years, Neo has been passionate about psychology, psychology issues and advocating for psychology. Her role as additional member on the SAACP while she was a new qualified psychologist is evidence to this. Neo has been eager to be in the forefront of advocacy engagement with others outside the field in terms of appropriate psychology practice.
Neo is known for her ventures in the design and pioneering of innovative solutions and methods towards sustainable and effective student leadership development. She has also engaged with groundbreaking work in terms of the competency framework of student leadership development. Further, Neo has been invited as a panelist on several occasions regarding transformation in South Africa and has also launched a few transformation focused projects.
As a student and a researcher, Neo is pursuing a PhD qualification in Consulting Psychology at UNISA. Her study explores the unconscious dynamics and dimensions involved in the co – construction of student leadership. Moreover, she has been selected and invited to participate in the Emerging Psychologists’ Program in Japan, 2016 and recently was awarded the award the Most Promising Young Researcher by one of the leading student affairs practitioners’ society.
Neo has also worked in the consulting field in both public and private sectors on assessment projects as well as leadership development projects; some of these stretching to Zimbabwe and Zambia.