Introducing the SGD Executive Committee
The SGD Executive Committee draws on a variety of experts for its membership. In this section, we would like to introduce them to you.
Peace Kiguwa is a senior lecturer in the School of Human and Community Development in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, critical race theory, critical social psychology and teaching and learning. Her current research projects include focus on young women’s leadership in higher education and the Destabilising Heteronormativity project with the African Gender Institute and Action Aid International. She has co-edited three books and has published in both local and internationally accredited journals. She is currently co-editor of the accredited journal Psychology in Society (PINS) and co-editor on three special issue journals. Peace is the current chair of the Sexuality and Gender Division.
Juan Nel is a registered clinical and research psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has recognised expertise in sexuality and gender ‑ in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) mental health and well-being ‑ as well as in hate crimes and victim empowerment and support. As of 2007, he co-represents the Psychological Society of SA (PsySSA) on the International Psychology Network for LGBTI Concerns (IPsyNET). Juan has been a member of the SGD Executive Committee since its inception, and currently serves as vice chair. In 2013, Juan was elected as President Elect of PsySSA, served as PsySSA President in 2014-2015 and PsySSA Past President in 2015-2016.
Pierre Brouard is the deputy director of the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender at the University of Pretoria and a registered clinical psychologist. He has worked in HIV since the mid-1980s and at the centre since 2001. His interests include sexualities, gender and human rights. He has written a number of opinion pieces on aspects of HIV, AIDS, gender and sexualities, and worked with media AIDS projects in South Africa and contributed to a booklet on healthy sexualities for Soul City. Pierre is the secretary of the SGD and welcomes contributions and ideas from SGD members to be circulated to the membership.
Niel Victor is a registered clinical and research psychologist. Following a 20-year career in market research he decided to move into the psychotherapeutic space, from which he derives significant satisfaction. In his private practice in Cape Town, he provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, groups and families, as well as supervision and training. He is a member of the team involved in a collaboration programme between the International Psychology Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex issues (IPsyNET) and PsySSA. Niel is also a partner in a market research business, Curiosity Counts, which offers boutique market research services. Niel is the treasurer of the SGD.
Casey Blake is a registered counsellor in private practice. She is a sessional lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and the South African College of Applied Psychology. She has a special interest in sexuality, gender and sex education and much of her practice focuses on working with people who are on the margins, including people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and those who practice ethical non-monogamy. Her MA research looked at how recent high school graduates evaluated the sexuality education they received in life orientation, and whether this helped them make sexual decisions in their adult lives. Casey runs age-specific sexuality education workshops for parents, as well as sexuality and pleasure workshops for adults.
Yaseen Ally is a research psychologist and registered counsellor. His research has been primarily motivated by wanting to promote advocacy for marginalised or vulnerable individuals. He is interested in supernatural religious and cultural belief systems, specifically witchcraft, spirit possession and healing practices. Yaseen is also passionate about gender studies and is developing a keen interest in contributing to the psychology of gender. Through his involvement with PsySSA’s SGD, he hopes to contribute meaningfully toward gender advocacy in South Africa.
Christine McLachlan is a registered clinical psychologist and PhD candidate at UNISA. Chris works at the Thuthuzela Care Centre at Edendale hospital, KZN. They has been a member of the SGD Executive Committee since 2015 and part of the core group developing practice guidelines for psychology professionals working with sexually and gender diverse people. Chris’ research strongly focusses on trans and gender diverse people, their access to healthcare and the development of African-based affirmative guidelines in trans healthcare. They is the chairperson of Gender Dynamix’s board, an NGO serving the trans and gender diverse community in southern Africa. Chris is also actively involved in the training of healthcare providers and psychologists focussing on trans issues and gender-based violence.
Ella Kotze is a registered counselling psychologist with a strong interest in community and queer psychology. She has worked in the field of sexuality, gender and gender-based violence since 2012, and is currently employed as a researcher at UNISA’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. Ella has been involved in the training and supervision of community psychologists and drama therapists and is working towards a PhD focussing on the interrogation of the intersection of safety, subjectivity and sexuality.
Prof Melanie Judge receives prestigious award
Prof Melanie Judge is the 2016 recipient of the Social Change Award, presented by the Rhodes/UCKAR Psychology Department in November last year, in recognition of her activism and academic contribution in the field of sexual and gender rights in South Africa. In her public lecture at the award ceremony, titled Sexuality, gender and the necessary (ill)discipline of social change, Prof Judge spoke critically about the role of psychology in shaping violence and queer subjectivities as domains of both emancipatory possibility and regulatory domination. Prof Judge is an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.
The Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender at the University of Pretoria will launch a new translation of an early version of Sigmund Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (the 1905 first edition, available in English for the first time) and host a two-day interdisciplinary symposium on 8 and 9 March at the university’s Hatfield Campus, with the second day focusing on the ASSAF report on diversity in human sexuality. For more information, please contact Johan Maritz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or RSVP to Shirley Damons at Shirley.email@example.com by 1 March 2017.