Divisions

Division for Neuro and Forensic Psychology

Objectives

The aims of the Division of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology:

In addition to the objectives of PsySSA and the functions of divisions as expressed in Articles 2 and 12.4 respectively of the PsySSA constitution, the mission of the DNFP is to promote an understanding of the fields of neuropsychology and forensic psychology.  The DNFP addresses this mission through the advancement of scientific research, clinical practice and professional education.  The goals derived from this mission are to be achieved in cooperation with PsySSA, other professional organizations, and the general public.

Incentives for membership

What do members receive by becoming members?
  • Advice when needed regarding forensic or neuropsychology matters.
  • Lobbying regarding neuropsychology matters and forensic matters (e.g. involvement in the task force of the Professional Board of Psychology for the determination of criteria for the category of Neuropsychology or Forensic Psychology).
  • Liaison with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Family Advocate.
  • Advice regarding ethical matters in forensic work.

Fees

Exco members

Ann has for many years been actively involved in developing neuropsychology in South Africa. She was President of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2015, to date their only President from a developing country. She is Secretary-General of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and their Main Representative to the World Health Organization (WHO).  She served on the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and was a member of the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework Technical Work Group.

Chair

Division for Neuro and Forensic Psychology, PsySSA

Dr Ann Watts

Dr Ann Watts

Chairperson

anndwatts@iafrica.com

Bio

Ann has for many years been actively involved in developing neuropsychology in South Africa. She was President of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2015, to date their only President from a developing country. She is Secretary-General of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and their Main Representative to the World Health Organization (WHO).  She served on the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and was a member of the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework Technical Work Group.  Ann is Treasurer of the Pan African Psychology Union, Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association, and chairs PsySSA’s Division of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology. Ann completed her Ph.D and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in neuropsychology at the then University of Natal.  She is a Clinical and Neuropsychologist based at Entabeni Hospital, Durban.  Ann was an expert in the field (neuropsychology) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal until 2019 and a visiting neuropsychology lecturer at the Universities of Zululand and the Free State.  She is Editor of the International Platform of the International Journal of Psychology and a Consulting Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Dr Karl Swain

Dr Karl Swain

Vice-Chair (Neuro)

karlswain@gmail.com

Bio

Karl Swain is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa and is currently the Academic Coordinator and Intern Coordinator for the Department. Karl served two terms as the Chairperson for the South African Society for Clinical Psychology (SASCP), after a term as Secretary. Additionally, he has served for two terms as the Vice Chairperson for PsySSA’s Division of Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology. Karl is currently the Chairperson of the Durban Practising Psychologists Group (DPPG) and Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Branch of PsySSA. He was the local representative for the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Student Liaison Committee for South Africa and Africa in 2017. His interests include: neuropsychology, traumatic stress, violence and resiliency.

Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune

Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune

Additional Member

dikeledi123@webmail.co.za

Bio

Dr. Catherine Dikeledi Sekhukhune is an Educational Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She is currently employed by the Gauteng Department of Education. She was a lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Johannesburg. Areas of interest include childhood development, neuropsychology, and psychometrics.

Prof Theo Lazarus

Prof Theo Lazarus

Additional Member

tlazarus57@gmail.com.

Bio

Prof Theophilus Lazarus completed a PhD in Neuropsychology and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology under Professor Antonio E Puente, Past President of National Academy of Neuropsychology and The American Psychological Association. He has taught, supervised and practised in Neuropsychology for over 38 years, locally and internationally, promoting several masters and doctoral dissertations. Areas of expertise include the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury that include concussions, strokes, seizure disorders, neuroinfectious diseases, neurodegenerative disorders and researches associated social justice issues and is involved in investigating the effects of psychotropic drugs on the brain and behaviour.

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