The Unsettling Knowledge Project on Gendered and Sexual Violence

The Unsettling Knowledge Project on Gendered and Sexual Violence

At the 27th Annual Psychology Congress, the Unsettling Knowledge Project on Gendered and Sexual Violence shared its ongoing work, which includes a multifaceted exploration of gendered and sexual violence, emphasizing the perspectives of black women, activists, influencers, and researchers. Going forward, the project is shifting its focus towards healing within the studied communities, with plans for community-centered programs, advocacy for policy changes, empowerment initiatives, and education campaigns aimed at addressing and mitigating gendered and sexual violence while promoting resilience and survivor support.

Invitation – Research Study: How is your mental health during load shedding?

We are a group of researchers from Wits conducting a study about the impact of load shedding on the mental health of the general population. The study involves completing a brief anonymous questionnaire about your experiences of loadshedding. This should take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Completion of this online survey is taken to mean that you give consent to participate. When we share the results of the study, we will not include your name or anything else that could identify you. The information collected will be used to promote better access to mental health services and develop appropriate psychological interventions as well as for academic purposes. If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail Prof Maria Marchetti-Mercer on

Assessment Standards South Africa Launch

Assessment Standards South Africa Launch

Today marked a historical moment when Assessment Standards South Africa (ASSA) officially unveiled the test review system to assess the quality of psychological and non-psychological assessments. ASSA was founded in 2015 with the aim of promoting ethical and responsible use of assessments in South Africa. Representatives from PsySSA, SIOPSA and ATP collaborated to form a robust, streamlined online test review system benchmarked against international standards but with a strong focus on adapting these for South Africa.

In line with other similar organisations internationally, ASSA is not a statutory body. Rather the organisation is “an independent non-regulatory external assessments evaluation organisation working collaboratively with the support of local organisations to assist in implementing a robust, best practice and technology enabled process that can be used to review people assessment instruments and tests”. ASSA focusses on assessing the quality of psychological and non-psychological assessments to promote best practice in the country.

Speaking at the launch event, PsySSA President, Prof Shahnaaz Suffla, congratulated ASSA on this milestone achievement. She recognised PsySSA representatives on ASSA, Professors Sumaya Laher and David Maree, for their committed and excellent contributions to ASSA. Prof Suffla highlighted the importance of the work being undertaken at ASSA, especially in light of the abuses of psychological assessment in South Africa during apartheid. Further, she congratulated ASSA for the collaborative efforts across sub-disciplines and organisations, indicating that more such partnerships are required to build psychological innovations going forward. Prof Suffla concluded by emphasising the need for transformative and epistemic justice in psychological praxis and the role that ASSA could play in contributing to this within the assessment field. Other guest speakers at the event included Prof Hennie Kriek, President of the Association of Test Publishers-South Africa, who extended his congratulations to ASSA on behalf of the ATP members. Prof Cystal Hoole emphasised the importance of the work done by ASSA, especially as it pertains to the field of Organisational Psychology. Prof Dragos Iliescu extended congratulations from the International Test commission and reflected on the relevance of ASSA work in relation to the global context.

PsySSA extends it congratulations to Assessment Standards South Africa!

Assessment Standards South Africa Launch

ASSA Launch Invitation

ASSA has been established as an independent non-regulatory external assessments evaluation body working collaboratively with the assessment industry and the professional organisations in South Africa to assist in implementing a robust, best practice and technology enabled process that can be used to review people assessment instruments and tests.  Based on the experience in other countries the voluntary submission of assessment instruments for objective evaluation and reviews will raise the general standard and awareness of using quality tests.

ASSA would like to extend an invitation to all interested individuals and relevant stakeholders to an official launch on:

Date: 23rd June 2022

Time: 18:00-19:30

Venue: Zoom online link


  • Welcome
  • Introduction to ASSA: Vision, mission and role
  • Role of the Professional Board of Psychology in test classification
  • Message from ATP
  • Message from PsySSA
  • Message from SIOPSA
  • Message from ITC

We look forward to your attendance and welcome comments and questions during the session.