PsySSA Executive Committee
The PsySSA Executive is made up of 9 members: A President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer and five additional members.
The PsySSA Executive for the 2019-2021 term is:
Prof Garth Stevens
Garth Stevens is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, in the School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests include foci on race, racism and related social asymmetries; racism and knowledge production; critical psychology, ideology, power and discourse; violence and its prevention; historical/collective trauma and memory; applied psychoanalytic theorising of contemporary social issues; and masculinity, gender and violence. He has published widely in these areas, both nationally and internationally, including co-editorships of A ‘race’ against time: Psychology and challenges to deracialisation in South Africa (UNISA Press, 2006) and Race, memory and the apartheid archive: Towards a transformative psychosocial praxis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is the co-lead researcher on the Apartheid Archive Project, which is an international research initiative that aims to examine the nature of the experiences of racism of South Africans under the old apartheid order and their continuing effects on individual and group functioning in contemporary South Africa. He is also the co-lead researcher on the Violent States, States of Violence Project, which aims to re-engage a theorisation of violence in the contemporary world. At present, he holds a B-rating from the National Research Foundation, is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), serves as the Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).
Prof Shahnaaz Suffla
Shahnaaz Suffla is a specialist scientist at the South African Medical Research Council-University of South Africa Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit, and Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa. Her research interests draw from the intersections of critical African, community and peace psychologies, and are located within liberatory philosophies and epistemologies. Her thinking and scholarship is influenced by the vision of research as a transforming and humanising enterprise.
PsySSA Past President
Dr Helen Dunbar-Krige
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.
Dr Karl Swain
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.
Prof Brendon Barnes
Brendon Barnes is a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. His research focuses on environment, health and psychology in the global South. He contributes to this field in the following ways: to make visible evidence of toxic environments and child development, to deepen and critique the concept of ‘behaviour’ in relation to environmental injustice, and to develop critical research methods in environmental justice research.
Ms Lynn Hendricks
Lynn Hendricks, is an interdisciplinary Research Psychologist and Epidemiologist. She has been awarded a joint Global Minds PhD fellowship and is resident between the Qualitative Inquiry Team, Sociological Centre for Research at KU Leuven and the Centre for Evidence Based Health Care at Stellenbosch University. Previously, she has worked as a Senior Researcher for the Department of Social Development at the City of Cape Town and was responsible for the design, implementation and dissemination of the first city-wide head count and anthropological study on homelessness in South Africa. She has served on the Division for Research and Methodology Executive for two terms and chaired the DRM in her last term. She has a passion for teaching and working with students. Her research interests include: qualitative evidence synthesis, participatory arts based research and academic activism.
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.