Sherianne Kramer

Divisional news:

Dr Sherianne Kramer presented two papers at the International Congress of Community Psychology 2016. She is also presenting at the International Congress of Psychology in July in Japan. Dr Kramer currently holds a competitive Thuthuka Grant for a project she is running on child and female offenders. She is contracted to submit a book in this area to Routledge in October of this year. She is also editing a research methods book titled: Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Application with PsySSA and DRM colleagues, Prof. Sumaya Laher and Dr Angelo Fynn. Ms. Megan Reeves is currently conducting her PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her project is entitled Towards the Development of an Instrument to Measure Anorexia Nervosa in Men: A South African Pilot Study. Together with her colleagues at MatCH Research Unit, Ms. Lavanya Pillay continues to contribute to research publications in the female sexual and reproductive health field as well as presentations at both national and international conferences, most recently at the 14th European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) Congress/2nd Global ESC Conference.


The following conferences will be taking place:

September 18 – 22, 2016

  • International Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress 2016
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Web:

September 20 – 23, 2016

November 18-22, 2016


Divisional news:

Research Methods Book:

The DRM is currently compiling a research methods book titled: Social Science Research in South Africa: Theory and Application. The book will comprise chapters that combine research theory and applications as a means to disseminate knowledge on best research practices for South African researchers, practitioners and students. The book will be released in early 2017.

DRM Research Workshop Series (July – September 2016):

The DRM Research Workshops are open to PsySSA Members, students and the general public. Pre-booking is essential. To book any of the workshops, please email Ms. Naziha Abbas ( Payments are to be made at the venue, regret cash only.

  • Workshop 1: Research in the Modern Era
  • Presenter: Dr Sherianne Kramer
  • Date and Time: Thursday 25 August 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R80 for regular attendees; R50 for students and PsySSA Members

Modernity has capacitated research praxis with innovative and novel technologies, methodologies and software systems. These creative apparatuses have allowed for a number of research developments including more efficient forms of data collection, capturing and analyses; increased accessibility to journals and other research forums; expanded capacities for international networking and more efficient and rapid means of publication. This workshop aims to outline a number of computerised and scientific developments that support research in the modern area. Specifically, this workshop will indicate key research innovations that contribute to ongoing advances in psychological research as well as their various advantages and disadvantages. This will be achieved through the provision of a range of examples in each aspect of the research process (literature reviews, data collection, data capturing, data analysis, online networking and relevant social media forums) as well as step-by-step examples of how to use actual tools and software (e-journals, Google Scholar, online surveys, Method Space, Linked In) as well as the internet for publication purposes and research methodology assistance. Overall, this workshop intends to capacitate young and developing as well as established psychological researchers with the skills to use modern apparatuses and technology towards the ongoing development of the field of psychology.

  • Workshop 2: Student Workshop – Early career opportunities in Psychology
  • Presenter: Dr Angelo Fynn
  • Date and Time: Friday 26 August 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R80 for regular attendees; R50 for students and PsySSA Members

The focus of this workshop is on those soft skills required to become “market ready”. These skills include the ability to effectively integrate personal and professional goals to facilitate greater personal satisfaction; awareness of current abilities and planning to develop these further; reading organisational contexts; understanding how legal contracts correlate with social contracts; marketing to potential employers and clients through professional CVs; understanding personal relationship with money and how this affects ability to negotiate for remuneration; how to effectively build a professional network; and, how to comfortably present oneself to a professional audience.

  •  Workshop 3: Introduction to Descriptive and Inferential Statistical Analysis
  • Presenter: Prof. Sumaya Laher
  • Date and Time: Thursday 6 October 2016 09:00-13:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R180 for regular attendees; R150 for students and PsySSA Members (includes teas and lunch)

This workshop will provide an introduction to basic analysis of quantitative data. Students will be given brief input on coding, entering and cleaning data. Following this, concepts such as univariate, multivariate, bivariate, independent and dependent variables, scales of measure (nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio), parametric and non-parametric analyses will be clarified. Students will be introduced to measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and measures of spread (range, variance, standard deviation). The importance of calculating these descriptive statistics will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the concept of internal consistency reliability and Cronbach Alphas. The workshop will also introduce the univariate techniques most commonly used for inferential statistical analyses. Students will be provided with input to adequately select a basic univariate analytic technique for their research. SPSS/SAS printouts will be used to practically illustrate all descriptive and inferential analyses discussed in the workshop.

  •  Workshop 4: The Politics and Pragmatics of Publishing
  • Presenter: Prof. Sumaya Laher
  • Date and Time: Monday 22 August 2016 09:00 – 13:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R100 for regular attendees; R60 for students and PsySSA Members

In this workshop students will be introduced to the publication process and the decisions involved in this. Identifying the most appropriate journal, publishing in accredited versus non-accredited journals, following author guidelines and understanding peer review processes are some of the aspects that will be discussed. The workshop will cover issues associated with selecting appropriate information from the research for inclusion in a journal article. The format and structure of a journal article will also be briefly discussed.

  •  Workshop 5: Conference Presentation Workshop (Two-Part Series)
  • Part I: Development of Conference Poster Presentations Workshop
  • Presenter: Ms. Megan Moya Reeves
  • Date and Time: Tuesday 16 August 2016 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R80 for regular attendees; R50 for students and PsySSA Members

The dissemination of knowledge is a key aspect of the discipline of Psychology and one of the most frequently utilised conduits for the exchange of information are conference poster presentations. A conference poster presentation allows for one to share one’s research findings or theoretical arguments in a summarised, visual format. Unlike an oral conference presentation, the poster may speak for itself, with or without the help of the presenter and gives its viewer the space for considered thought and analysis. Nonetheless, despite the utility of conference poster presentations, the practical challenges of poster development and the art of poster design are often absent from most academic curricula. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn how to design a conference poster in Microsoft PowerPoint and how to build a poster so that the information it conveys is not only appropriate in tone, style, structure and register but also serves to capture the attention of the viewer.  Participants will leave with first-hand practical experience and the knowledge of how to develop their own conference poster presentations.

  •  Workshop 6: Conference Presentation Workshop (Two-Part Series)
  • Part II: Guide to developing a conference PowerPoint presentation
  • Presenter: Ms.Tasneem Hassen
  • Date and Time: Monday 26 September 2016 09:00-12:00
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: R30 for regular attendees; R20 for students and PsySSA Members

The fraternity of psychology encourages students’ participation in psychology conferences as this allows emerging scholars to disseminate their research and obtain input from experts in the field. This presentation format requires individuals to talk to a PowerPoint presentation. Collating a PowerPoint presentation can be a daunting task for many, therefore the following workshop will provide students with the appropriate PowerPoint and presentation skills in order to effectively deliver their presentation. These skills include the use of various PowerPoint features (SmartArt, Animations, embedding an audio or video clip and slide transition) conference presentation format, simplifying ones research into a minimum of 10 slides as well as presentation delivery. At the end of this workshop students will be equipped with the necessary skills to successfully convey their research.

  • Workshop 7: Incorporating formative latent variables into maximum likelihood structural equation modelling
  • Presenter:Prof. Greg Lee
  • Date and Time: TBC
  • Venue: Wits
  • Cost: TBC

Recent research has highlighted the likelihood that many latent variables or factors thought to be reflective in nature are likely best modelled as formative, where measured indicators are specified as ‘causes’ of the latent variable. Aside from theoretical sense, specifying an underlying factor as formative can have modelling advantages as the requirements for high inter-correlation between manifest indicators is less in a formative factor. One issue with formative latent variables, however, is that traditional structural equation modelling does not successfully model them (due to identification issues) without certain adjustments. Accordingly, researchers often use partial least squares to model formative factors, a stable option but one with substantial disadvantages. This seminar discusses and illustrates how to include formative latent factors successfully in a traditional maximum likelihood SEM model, both using an older solution and a new, innovative solution by Treiblmaier, Bentler & Mair (2011).

DRM at the PsySSA Congress

Upcoming DRM Career Workshop to be held at the 22nd South African Psychology Congress:

This workshop will comprise a range of panel presentations by various researchers who are working in different sectors of the industry (such as in the corporate sector, education, marketing, health, academia, social development, and community-based research). The panel will take the form of a presentation and discussion whereby each individual will introduce him/herself, provide a brief description of the kind of work that he/she does as well as how it relates to the specific sector of research, speak about his/her journey to reach their current position, and answer any career-related questions asked of them by the mostly student audience. The presentation of each panel member will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes long, with an additional 5-10 minutes of question time. DRM exec members will chair the presentations, ensuring that the speakers adhere to the allocated time and encouraging discussions between the presenters and the audience members. The audience will likely consist of undergraduate, honours and masters psychology students who are interested in a career in research psychology and related fields. It is intended for these workshops to become part of the annual DRM activities.

 Objectives of the Workshop:

  • To equip students with knowledge about research psychology and other research-related career opportunities
  • To connect students to key stakeholders in the field of South African research
  • To further promote the DRM to students and, in turn, recruit new student members
  • To encourage discussions concerning the status of research psychology in South Africa
  • To enhance communication and collaboration with student members

DRM Symposia to be held at the 22nd South African Psychology Congress

Emerging Psychologists and Researchers: A Symposium of South African Student Research

This symposium boasts a number of both quantitative and qualitative research studies led by students from across the country. These studies cover a range of psychological disciplines and research methodologies. More specifically it includes presentations on employee productivity; the mental health of nurses; adolescent delinquency; students’ suicidal ideations; and health locus control in cancer patients.

Emerging Psychologists and Researchers: A Symposium of Student Research in the Area of Critical Psychology

This symposium boasts a number of critical research studies led by students from the University of the Witwatersrand. These studies cover a range of psychological disciplines and research methodologies. More specifically it includes presentations on beauty and black women; female offenders, media representations of violence and child offenders.

Developing Valid Assessments: Leveraging Methodological Advances to Further Instrument Development

Within the field of psychology the use of tests is still widely recognised as a helpful tool in practice in conjunction with alternative ways of assessment and intervention due to cultural diversity. Innovations in methodology has called for the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods to strengthen validity claims but in practice this can often be a difficult task to accomplish given the topic addressed as well as other constraints such as resources. However, the responsibility to ensure that the information received from the various tools used can be trusted to make informed decisions cannot be ignored. This symposium will focus on the ways in which test developers address validity (and credibility) concerns by making use of advances in methodology.

Understanding Perceptions of Mental Illness across Cultures in South Africa

Mental illness is conceptualised differently across cultural and religious groups. Perceptions of mental illness that are held in communities play a role in the treatment sought and the response to treatment offered. Social or public stigma towards mental illness remains a huge problem in communities and impacts on the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with mental illness. The series of papers presented in this symposium discuss perceptions of mental illness from various cultural and religious groupings in South Africa. Majority of the presentations focus on minority groups (Jewish individuals, Hindu women, Afrikaans speaking individuals, and Greek individuals) in South Africa as not much is known about these mental illness in these communities in South African contexts. By and large these communities would also be considered collectivist and as such are expected to have different beliefs about mental illness based on studies conducted internationally. Thus the series of papers will discuss attitudes toward people with mental illness, beliefs about the causes of mental illness, knowledge of mental illness, familiarity with mental illness and attitudes towards the care and management of people with mental illness. Issues of stigma will also be addressed. Ultimately recommendations for interventions within these communities as well as implications for therapy for those with mental illnesses in these communities are discussed.

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