Department of Psychology

Dr CO Govender

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Tel: 012 429 6189
Fax: 012 429 3414


  • PhD Psychology (Unisa, 2017)
  • MSc Human Physiology (University of Pretoria, 2008)
  • MA Clinical Psychology (University of Pretoria, 2004)

Fields of academic interests

  • Biopsychology of pain
  • Quality of life
  • Women’s health
  • Adoption

Field of Specialisation

  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical psychology

Journal articles

  • Willemse N, Viljoen M, Govender C. Neurological aspects of stuttering: summary overview of scientific findings. Health SA. 2006; 11(1): 58-66.
  • Govender CO, Viljoen M. Exploring the association between low bone density and depression: A worthy pursuit for the South African context? Letter to the Editor. South African Psychiatric Review 2006; 9:171-172.
  • Viljoen M, Bipath P, Govender C, Potgieter CD. Quality of life and tryptophan levels in chronic renal failure patients on haemodialysis. Clinical Nephrology (letter). 2008; 70(6):561-562.
  • P Bipath, C Govender, M Viljoen. A comparison of quality of life in haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. Journal of Psychology in Africa 2008; 18(4): 625-632.
  • Govender CO, Cassimjee N, Schoeman JB, Meyer HP. The psychological profiles of fibromyalgia patients. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 2009; 23; 76–83.
  • Govender C, Du Plessis AME, Bipath P, Povey D, Viviers G, Viljoen M. Bone density and cortisol in premenopausal women with and without severe major depression: a pilot study. African Journal of Psychiatry, 2010: 13(1): 58-60.
  • Du Toit PJ, Krüger PE, Fowler KF, Govender C, Clark J. Influence of sports vision techniques in adult male rugby players. AJPHERD, 2010: 16(3): 510-517.
  • Du Toit P,  Kruger E, Mohamed F, Kleynhans M,  Jay-du Preez T, Govender C, Mercier J.  The effect of sports vision exercises on the visual skills of university students. AJPHERD, 2011: 17(3): 429-440.
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Govender, C., Lawson, J., Kleynhans, M., Grobbelaar, C., Terblanche, H.C, Wood, P.S., Grant, R. & Hay, L. (2012). Initial assessment of well-being in South African armed services. AJPHERD (March Special Edition)
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Bagwath Persad, L., Govender, C., Soma, P., Henning, E., Kleynhans, M., Grant, R., & Wood, P.S. (2012). Postural variations in Cardio Stress Index scores. AJPHERD (March Special Edition).
  • du Toit, P.J., Krüger, P.E., Govender, C., Henning, E., Kleynhans, M., Wood, S.P., De Villiers, N., Van Rooyen, J.M., Fletcher, L. & Grant, R. (2012). Cardiovascular health screening among South African students. AJPHERD (March Special Edition).
  • Govender, CO, Soma P, Persad L, Fletcher L, Moodley J, Rajah YV. (2013). Breast cancer health beliefs amongst Hindu women in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 2013; 23(1): 101-103.



Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • National Research Foundation Thuthuka Award: PhD track, 2013-2016


  • Health-related quality of life in migraine without aura
  • Health beliefs of South African Indian women
  • Translation and standardization of tests for South African language groups