Member news

Dr Sherianne Kramer’s book titled “Female-Perpetrated Sex Abuse Knowledge, Power, and the Cultural Conditions of Victimhood” published by Routledge in the UK has recently been released for pre-order. The book will be available on e-copy in May and hard- and paper copy in June. For more information, visit https://www.routledge.com/Female-Perpetrated-Sex-Abuse-Knowledge-Power-and-the-Cultural-Conditions/Kramer/p/book/9781138211094. We congratulate Mandy Wigdorowitz who has completed her internship and is in the process of registering as a Research Psychologist with the HPCSA. Shafeeka Dockrat recently graduated with a PhD (Psychology) titled “Psychometric profiling of students at risk for academic underachievement at a university of technology”at the Spring graduation ceremony in 2016. Dr Dockrat was permanently appointed as the Director of Student Development and Support at Tshwane University of Technology in November 2016. Shaun Nortje, has been accepted to read for a Masters dissertation and will be supervised by Dr Angelo Fynn. Shaun has also been elected to the Executive Committee of the Junior Public Health Association of South Africa.


The historic 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress is taking place between 18 and 21 September 2017 at the Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa. The conference will be hosted by The Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU), the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), and PAPU members in Africa. Visit http://www.panafricanpsychologyunion.org/ for details.

Regular registration is now open for the 8th SA AIDS Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa from 13 to 16 June 2017. The conference theme – The long walk to prevention: Every voice counts addresses prevention interventions and social and structural change required to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Visit http://www.saaids.co.za/ for more details.

The Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Bi-annual Conference is taking place between 5 and 7 July 2017 in Aberystwyth, UK. The conference is an opportunity to showcase new research, discuss qualitative methods and hear experts in the field discuss their work. The 2017 theme is A Supportive Space for Qualitative Researchers. The deadline for submissions is 22 February 2017. For more information visit https://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/qualitative-methods-psychology-section-bi-annual-conference-2017

The 2nd Announcement and 1st Call for Papers has been circulated for the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) Conference to be hosted in Pretoria, South Africa from 30 August to 1 September 2017. The conference theme is Applying mixed methods to move disciplines forward and will be the first research design and methodology conference in mixed methods offered in South Africa. For enquiries contact:

  • Bronwyn & Petra Lawson
  • Conference Administrators (MMIRA2017)
  • E-mail: conferencepl@gmail.com
  • Fax to mail: 27 (0)86 541 1173
  • Phone: 27 (0) 74 2018 7323 or 27 (0) 83 231 6538

The DRM will be arranging a symposium for the conference. Those interested to contribute to the symposium should please contact Prof Vanessa Scherman (scherv@unisa.ac.za).

Neuropsychology is a growing field in South Africa, as it is internationally. NeuropsychologySA (http://www.neuropsychologysa.co.za) is a space that aims to bring information about neuropsychology to psychologists who are interested in the field, particularly those being educated in and working in South Africa. NeuropsychologySA is hosting Mini Courses for 2017 titled: Oxygen and the Brain, Neuro-Imaging, and Depression, Dementia and Delirium: Differential Diagnosis. The courses involve watching short videos, visiting websites and/or reading information, and then completing an online questionnaire. Go to http://www.neuropsychologysa.co.za/training-workshops/neuropsychologysa-mini-courses-for-2017/ for details.

Divisional news

On 7 September 2016, the DRM attended the Professorial Inauguration of our colleague and SAJP Associate Editor, Professor Brendon Barnes at the University of Johannesburg. The topic was Health, Behaviour and the Psychologization of Resistance and the respondent was Professor Jan de Vos from Ghent University in Belgium. The DRM would like to congratulate Professor Barnes on this momentous occasion and brilliant achievement.

From left to right: Dr. Eduard Fourie from UNISA; PsySSA President Professor Sumaya Laher; DRM Chair Dr. Sherianne Kramer; Professor Brendon Barnes from UJ; IUPsyS President Professor Saths Cooper, DRM Vice Chair, Dr. Angelo Fynn.

Professor Sumaya Laher, Dr. Angelo Fynn and Dr. Sherianne Kramer are currently editing a book titled Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Applications.  The chapters in this book will be a combination of research method theory and its applications as a means of disseminating knowledge on best research practices for researchers, practitioners, and students in South Africa. The chapters in the book combine conceptual and application issues, where experts in various research methods illustrate these through actual examples from their original research. This book is unique in that it highlights the application and illustration of methods as well as critical reflections on the application of methods in the South African and/or developing world context. The book is being published by Wits University Press and will be released by the end of the year.

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