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We are proud to announce that the open-access book titled, Towards transforming research methods in the social sciences: Case studies from South Africa is in press. The book is edited by Past President of PsySSA, Professor Sumaya Laher and DRM executive members (and past DRM chair and deputy chair respectively), Dr. Sherianne Kramer and Dr. Angelo Fynn. This book presents the first platform for showcasing innovative methods and research to demonstrate the variety of novel techniques available to respond to South African context-bound issues such as diversity, racial and political tensions, socioeconomic disparities and gender inequalities. More specifically, the chapters in the book are written by experts in various methodological fields who locate their work in diverse contexts and fields within the social sciences and draw on original research in order to critically evaluate the practice of a particular research method in a South African context. The book will be published in March 2019.

The DRM would like to invite you to join us at the PsySSA Congress for a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Research – Shaping the Psychologists’ Career Trajectory’ and a symposium focused on ‘Exploring the Value of Systematic Reviews in Psychology’. Systematic reviews are reviews of the literature, conducted with a pre-specified research question that uses explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant research that is contained within a pre-specified protocol. The aim is to synthesise the retrieved information by means of meta-analysis. Alternatively, a literature review is a descriptive study or analytical summary of existing material related to an area of study. Systematic reviews are frequently used for clinical evidence-based practice and decision-making and can be used for answering social psychological questions. Currently, there are 14 types of reviews documented, and this symposium aims to provide case study examples of reviews and systematic reviews in psychology. The symposium will introduce the types of reviews and methods, provide case study examples from psychology students and researchers, and conclude with a discussion on the value and place of systematic reviews in psychology.

PsySSA Mamela Congress DRM Activities!

  • All PsySSA members are invited to participate in the mentorship sessions that will be hosted at the DRM Booth in the Exhibition Hall of the Congress. Please sign up as a mentor or mentee by emailing: psyssadrm@psyssa.co.za
  • Please join us for the DRM Members only table at PsySSA during the lunch breaks to network and mingle with the Divisional members and executive.
  • We will be hosting a networking session at our AGM for our DRM members at Congress. We look forward to seeing you there!

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