Department of Psychology

Prof P van der Merwe

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 2118
Fax: 086 247 5922
E-mail: vdmerp1@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • DLitt et Phil (Psychology) (Unisa, 2012)
  • MA (Psychology) (2009, Unisa)
  • BA Hons (Psychology) (2007, Unisa)
  • BA (Health Sciences and Social Services) Cum Laude (2005, Unisa)

Fields of academic interests

  • Adolescent Identities in the cyberworld
  • Adolescent violence: The risks and benefits of electronic media
  • The relationship between Emotional Intelligence and adjustment of learners’ violent behaviour in schools

Field of Specialisation

  • New technology and associated psychosocial risks in adolescents
  • A school-based social-emotional programme as strategy against crime and violence
  • Emotional Intelligence

Books

  • Through the Eyes of a Learner: “My Teacher’s Emotional Intelligence”. Authors: Dr P van der Merwe & Prof C Jansen Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN978-1-63463-6322 2015

Journal articles

  • Adolescent Identities in the cyberworld. Journal of Psychology in Africa – Special issue on identity. JPA 27(2) 2017.
  • The role of the facilitator in the learning process in order to create a positive attitude towards in-service training of mathematical literacy. LitNet Akademies (Opvoedkunde).(September 2016).
  • An explorative study of adolescents’ internet usage and the identification of possible risk factors regarding their psychosocial wellbeing. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, Vol 55(3) 2015.
  • The relationship between Emotional Intelligence and adjustment of learners’ violent behaviour in schools” The International Journal of Science in Society, Vol 2(1), p. 2-16, 2011.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Winner of UNISA WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014 (Courage in Adversity)
  • Quest Editor Special Issue: Adjustment of Learners’ Violent Behaviour in a School Context. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, Volume 5, 2016.
  •  Registered member of the Psychological Society of Southern Africa (PsySSA)

Projects

  • Embrace our children