Member news

The PsySSA Divisions are entering a new term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the previous DRM executive committee members for their hard work, energy and ongoing contributions to the division. We would also like to congratulate members of the new executive committee:

Chair: Ms. Lynn Hendricks

Deputy Chair: Ms. Mandy Wigdorowitz

Secretary: Ms. Tasneem Hassem

Treasurer: Prof. Vanessa Scherman

Additional Members: Dr. Sherianne Kramer, Dr. Angelo Fynn, Dr. Shafeeka Dockrat & Ms. Megan Reeves


The first Africa Positive Psychology Conference (www.appc2018.org), hosted by the North-West University in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, will be held from 4 – 7 April 2018 at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2017.

The 20th International Conference on Psychology will be held in Osaka, Japan on
October 11 and 12, 2018. The abstract deadline is December 11, 2017. Go to https://www.waset.org/conference/2018/10/osaka/ICP to submit an abstract.

The International Conference of Community Psychology 2018 will be held on 5, 6 and 7 October 2018 in Santiago, Chile. The central theme of the conference emphasises the exchange and debate on the participation and organisational power of the current communities in the generation of spaces of coexistence, solidarity and integration that promote respect for diversity, and the change, both in its structure as well as in its dynamics and contents. To submit an abstract, see: https://www.cipc2018chile.cl/general/?lang=en

Divisional news:

The DRM was, for the second year running, awarded by the PsySSA Council for being the most active Division in the Society. Congratulations to the 2017 executive committee and thank you to our members for the ongoing support.

Dr. Angelo Fynn, Dr. Sherianne Kramer and Prof. Sumaya Laher are editing a research methods book titled, Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Application. The book integrates design and methodology theory with original research to demonstrate key issues relating to practical applications in the South African context. Local and well-known researchers in the South African field have contributed to this open access text which is to be released at the beginning of 2018.

The DRM collaborated with the Student Division to promote membership to their divisions and PsySSA. The roadshow consisted of a presentation about PsySSA and the benefits for joining the organisation, as well as the benefits associated with joining the DRM and the Student Division in particular. The presentations were targeted at postgraduate and final year students from tertiary institutions across the country. The presentations were run jointly by the DRM and Student Division and encouraged students to provide their contact information so that they could receive further correspondence from PsySSA as well as receive the opportunity to join the organisation. The following institutions were visited between 15 August 2017 and 20 October 2017:

Province/ Major City Institution
Johannesburg University of the Witwatersrand
University of Johannesburg
Monash (P)
Pretoria/Midrand UNISA
University of Pretoria
Pearsons Institute of Higher Education (former MGI)
 Western Cape Helderberg College (P)
University of Cape Town
Free State University of the Free State
North West North West University (VTC)
Northern Cape Sol Plaatje University (SPU)


Divisional news

Two symposiums will be hosted at the 1st PAN African Congress in September 2017 by the DRM. Make sure to attend these exciting discussions:

  • Bringing Research into Practice: Why psychology and research are mutually inclusive
  • Beyond the Research Ethics Committee: Towards being ethical in Psychology research

Presentation held at UNISA in Pretoria on 20 October 2017

Presentation held at Pearson Institute of Higher Education in Midrand on 8 September 2017

Presentation held at Monash in Johannesburg on 16 August 2017

The Division for Research and Methodology (DRM) is committed to establishing collaboration between psychologists and, as such, endeavours to be engaged in inter-divisional programmes. Accordingly, the DRM hosted a symposium entitled “Bringing research into practice: Why psychology and research are mutually inclusive” at the 1st Pan African Psychology Congress held in Durban on 20 September 2017. The symposium comprised of a range of presentations by various psychology professionals regarding how they employ research techniques and methods in their day-to-day practices. The aim of the symposium was to showcase how research is integral to all professions linked to the field of psychology, regardless of the registration category an individual is associated with. In closing, the workshop delegates advocated for the category of research as a core competency in psychology, which should be considered when redefining the Scope of Practice for Psychologists and that this can be achieved by further engaging collaboration across the different divisions under PsySSA.

Inter-Divisional Workshop at the 1st Pan African Psychology Congress

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