Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS)

Prof Shahnaaz Suffla

College of Graduate Studies
School of Transdisciplinary Research Institutes (STRI)
Social and Health Studies (ISHS)
Acting Head
Tel: 021 938 0896
E-mail: ssuffla@mrc.ac.za

Qualifications

  • D.Phil Psychology (Unisa)

Fields of academic interests

  • Critical Community Psychology
  • African Psychology
  • Critical Peace Psychology
  • Liberatory and Decolonising Philosophies and Epistemologies
  • Conflict, Violence and Peace
  • Participatory Action Research

Books

  • Seedat, M., Suffla, S., & Christie, D.J. (Eds.) (2017). Emancipatory and participatory methodologies in peace, critical, and community psychology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Seedat, M., Suffla, S., & Christie, D.J. (Eds.) (2017). Enlarging the scope of peace psychology: African and world-regional contributions. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  •  Lau, U., Suffla, S., & Kgatitswe, L.B. (2017). Catalysing transformation through stories: Building peace in recognition, struggle and dialogue. In M. Seedat, S. Suffla & D.J. Christie (Eds.), Emancipatory and participatory methodologies in peace, critical, and community psychology (pp. 147-163). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  •  Seedat, M., Suffla, S., & Bawa, U. (2015). Photovoice as emancipatory praxis: A visual methodology toward critical consciousness and social action. In D. Bretherton & S.F. Law (Eds.), Methodologies in peace psychology: Peace research by peaceful means (pp. 309-324). Peace Psychology Book Series, Vol. 26. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Journal articles

  • Cornell, J., Malherbe, N., Suffla, S., & Seedat, M. (2019). Reflecting critically on the researcher-participant encounter in focus groups: Racialized, contestations and (re)presentations of South Africa’s ‘protest culture’. Qualitative Research in Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2019.1577519
  • Seedat, M., & Suffla, S. (2017). Community psychology and its (dis)contents, archival legacies and decolonisation. Special Issue: Liberatory and critical voices in decolonising community psychology. South African Journal of Psychology, 47(4), 421-431.
  • Day, S., Cornell, J., Seedat, M., & Suffla, S. (2018). A multimodal reading of public protests. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 0(0), 1-19.
  • Suffla, S., & Seedat, M. (2016). The epidemiology of homicidal strangulation in the City of Johannesburg, South Africa. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 37, 97-107.
  • Suffla, S., Seedat, M., & Bawa, U. (2015). Reflexivity as enactment of critical community psychologies: Dilemmas of voice and positionality in a multi-country Photovoice study. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(1), 9-21.
  • Seedat, M., Van Niekerk, A., Suffla, S., & Ratele, K. (2014). Psychological research and South Africa’s violence prevention responses. South African Journal of Psychology, 44(2), 136-144.
  • Van Niekerk, A., Seedat, M., Kramer, S., Suffla, S., Bulbulia, S., & Ismail, G. (2014). Community, intervention and provider support influences on implementation: Reflections from a South African illustration of safety, peace and health promotion. BMC Public Health, 14 (Suppl 2:S7), doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-S2-S7.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Co-editor: Springer Community Psychology Book Series
  • Member: Editorial Board of Journal of Social and Political Psychology
  • Member: Editorial Board of Journal of Community Psychology
  • Member: Editorial Board of Community Psychology in Global Perspective
  • Member: Editorial Board of African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Violence and Injury Prevention
  • Member: South African National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science
  • Member: Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA)
  • Member: Health Professions Council of South Africa