Presidency

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society. The former includes the organisation’s day-to-day functioning and the latter involves its strategic planning and growth initiatives to ensure PsySSA’s position as the leading professional psychology association in the country and the continent.

President: 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.

President – Elect: Prof Garth Stevens

Garth Stevens is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology, in the School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently also serves as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Humanities. His abiding research interests have primarily been in the area of critical psychology – with an emphasis on race, racism and related social asymmetries; violence; and historical/collective trauma and memory. He has published widely in these areas, both nationally and internationally, and is also the co-lead researcher on the Apartheid Archive Project. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and holds a B-rating from the NRF.

Past President: 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 Makgatho 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. Prof Sodi is an NRF rated researcher and has numerous publications, mostly in the area of culture and mental health. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology in Africa. He has served as a reviewer for a number of local and international journals. 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.

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