Postgraduate Programmes

Internal Supervisors in the Department of Psychology

Biographical information and research interests.

Name

Biographical information

Research interests

Kyle Bester
Master's degree

Kyle Bester is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. Previously he was a Student Success Practitioner at Unisa's Student Retention Unit

ODL, ODeL, teaching and learning, student success.

Zethu Cakata
Doctoral degree

Zethu Cakata is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. Before joining the university in November 2017, she was a Deputy Director at Statistics South Africa, working in the area of Gender and Vulnerable groups statistics

Decolonization using indigenous languages. Knowledge Production in IsiXhosa. Coloniality in names and naming practices. Research methodology. Uses of creative work in humanities. Research methodology. Gazing gender through a decolonial lens.

Monika Dos Santos
Doctoral degree

 

(on R&D leave 2021)

Monika dos Santos is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Unisa

Interplay between psychodynamics and ecology - particularly that related to climate and environmental change, cognitive and evolutionary science, health psychology, sustainability, and the psychopathology spectrum. Collective and artificial intelligence. All issues associated with sense of self.

Kitty Dumont
Doctoral degree

Prof Kitty Dumont is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. She previously worked in the College of Graduate Studies at Unisa

Social and Organizational Psychology: Basic research in intergroup relations and conflicts, and intergroup emotions from the social identity approach; identity leadership in increasing efficacy in organization and mobilizing groups.

Environmental Psychology: Climate change and new technology appraisals on behavioral change on individual and societal level

Evolutionary Psychology: Moral emotions and pro-sociality (e.g., social mindfulness)

Dene Du Rand
Master's degree

Dene du Rand is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology.

Indigenous collective trauma, historical trauma, indigenous knowledge and healing systems, decolonial theories, community health and well-being.

Helena Erasmus
Doctoral degree

Helena Erasmus is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology and an ambulance emergency assistant

Violence and injury prevention with a specific focus on youth violence, pre-hospital emergency care and emergency management services.

Ilse Ferns
Doctoral degree

Ilse Ferns is a Professor in the Department of Psychology

Developmental psychology, especially aspects relating to cognitive, social and emotional development during infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Moral development during early and middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Loneliness as a psychological phenomenon. Sport psychology.

Eduard Fourie
Doctoral degree

Eduard Fourie is a Professor in the Department of Psychology

Corrections, correctional studies, prison studies, well-being in the workplace, institutional identity and culture, scholarly development, community psychology, community practices, psychobiographies, work integrated learning.

Errolyn Gordon
Doctoral

degree

Errolyn Gordon is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa.

Gender representation in the workplace; Intersections between gender, race and leadership

Masefako Gumani
Doctoral degree

Masefako Gumani is a senior lecturer in the department of psychology, Unisa

Qualitative research methodologies: Specific focus is on phenomenological approaches, grounded theory, case studies and ethics

Positive psychology and victim empowerment: Resilience and coping with experiences of stress and trauma, support and wellbeing

Police and offender corrections research: Organisational psychology, specifically work-related experiences of police members, including organisational and operational experiences

Experiences and perceptions of offenders and ex-offenders regarding the following:

  • Victim offender dialogue (VOD)
  • Rehabilitation programmes
  • Recidivism
  • Social reintegration

Christian spirituality and mental health: The link between psychology and Christianity and how Christians maintain mental health

Sean Hagen
Master's degree

Sean Hagen is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Individual and social psychology, environmental psychology and climate change, research methodology (quantitative and qualitative research), ODL and technology, teaching and learning in higher education, positive psychology and wellbeing.

Louise Henderson
Master's degree

Louise Henderson is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on evaluation research in service of Southern African communities

Neuropsychology, HIV/AIDS issues, Community Participatory Research, Medical psychology themed dissertations, Psychopathology, Child and Adolescent topics, Play Therapy, Palliative Psychology, Death and Bereavement.

Nonhlanhla Khumalo
Master's degree

Nonhlanhla Khumalo is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She completed the MARC programme and previously worked as a postgraduate assistant at the College of Graduate Studies

Social Psychology, identity leadership, social identity theory, social norms, collective action, intergroup relations, transgressions, unethical behaviour, corruption, superordinate identities, minimal/maximal goals

Johan Kruger
Master's degree

Johan Kruger is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Research Projects Fields for MA Students 2022

Fields of academic interests:

Open methods research, journey research methods, and narrative enquiry.

Psychometric Assessment and statistical research analysis.

Systems, structural change and coherence.


Field of Specialisation:

General applications of psychology, health, cultural and educational psychology.

Reflective and reflexive research and inquiry. Auto-ethnographic inquiry, Narrative inquiry, and Poetic inquiry.

Energy psychology, health and wellbeing.

 

Trauma and rehabilitation: Ecological, historical, cultural, and intergenerational traumas

Community psychology: sustainable systems & ecologies, and social compacts.

Christine Laidlaw
Doctoral degree

Christine Laidlaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Cinema-education in psychology, paediatric complex neurodisability, psychopathology, personality development, psychoanalytic therapies, psychobiographies, sandplay, development of psychotherapists, social constructionism, the Delphi method

Sibusiso Maseko
Master's degree

Sibusiso Maseko is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. He completed a Master's in Psychology (Research Consultation) in 2015 and has worked as a Postgraduate Assistant, a Research Intern and a Junior Change Management Consultant

Social dominance theory, social identity theory, race, intergroup behavior, perceptions of history, social psychology, Intergroup relations, prejudice, discrimination, inequality, social change.

Nonhlanhla Masinga Master's degree

Nonhlanhla Masinga is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She is the coordinator of the MA in Research Psychology Programme

Education – student motivation, career planning; adolescent development. Social and community issues. Social identity theory and Identity-based motivation theory.

 

 

Itumeleng Masisi

Master's degree

 

Itumeleng Masisi is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She completed her MA in Psychology (Research Consultation)

Experiences of motherhood, trauma and resilience, Education.

Khonzi Mbatha
Doctoral degree

Khonzi Mbatha is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He is a former MA (Research Consultation) student

Sexuality with a special focus on vulnerable groups, research methodologies, activity theory, social psychology, race trouble and sport psychology.

Melusi Mbatha
Master's degree

Melusi Mbatha is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He is a former MA (Research Consultation) student

African Psychology, cross-cultural psychology, community psychology, critical psychology, the psychology of music.

Mbongiseni

Mdakane Master's degree

Mbongiseni Mdakane is a lecturer and doctoral student in the Department of Psychology

 

Psychology of incarceration.

 

Refiloe Makama Doctoral degree

Refiloe works within an African-centred feminist psychology perspective and mainly through Narrative enquiry. Research interests include Critical  psychology, Community psychology, The psychology of Gender

African psychology, Critical gender studies, African feminism, Marriage and Marriage Customs Narrative methods, community engagement particularly working with youth, focusing on issues of identity, gender equality and self-development, participatory action research.

Gloria Makhuza

Master’s degree

Gloria is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Gloria’s interest are in the evaluation of systems, processes and assessments in the corrections environment.

Khumoetsile Modutla
Master's degree

Khumoetsile Modutla is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Individual and group psychotherapy; Child and adolescent developmental psychology and psychotherapy; Issues of identity; Counseling skills; Personology; Post-graduate clinical training and supervision.

Charmaine Mojapelo
Master's degree

Charmaine Mojapelo is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

African psychology and Decolonial theories Gender studies and feminist theories Social psychology Culture, Race, Identity

Mapula Mojapelo-Batka
Doctoral degree

Mapula Mojapelo-Batka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Themes related to reproductive health within the African context, abortion, infertility, adoption, childbirth, HIV infection and AIDS

Banti Mokgatlhe
Master's degree

Banti Mokgatlhe is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Psychopathology from an ecosystemic perspective. Racial identity, gender-role attitudes and Psychological well-being. Intergroup relations with respect to integration, social identity and contact. Training and supervision in Psychotherapy, HIV related isssues, medical psychology, African epistemology related topics

Janice Moodley
Doctoral degree

Janice Moodley is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa.

Health (Critical Health Psychology, Public Health, Health Promotion)

 

Critical Psychology and Critical Discourse Analysis

 

Gender, Race and Health issues at the intersection of structural inequalities in the Global South (e.g., historical collective trauma, decoloniality, marginalisation)

 

Psychometrics/Psychological Assessment

 

ODel Research

Harold Ncongwane Master's degree

Harold Ncongwane is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology

ODL/ODeL Research, Student support, teaching and learning, Higher Education, Education in Corrections, Career Development research and Public Health.  

Vhuhwavho Nekhavhambe
Master's degree

Vhuhwavho Nekhavhambe is a lecturer in the Psychology Department

Trauma, gender-based violence, women's mental health particularly in body image and self-esteem (amongst working mothers and students), children witnesses of domestic violence, male victims of intimate partner violence, Victim Empowerment.

Juan Nel
Doctoral degree

Juan Nel is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology

Sexology: Psychology of sexual and gender diversity (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons); Heterosexism in Psychology; Psychology of sexuality in Africa. Community Psychology & Victimology: Crime and violence prevention/ trauma intervention - the victim empowerment and support movement, with a specific focus on the sexually and gender-diverse and other victims of hate; Community organising; Hate victimisation. Social Psychology: Management of diversity and social transformation. Group Psychotherapy; group facilitation skills, with a specific focus on those on the margins.

Romeo Palakatsela
Master's degree

Romeo Palakatsela is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Academic performance and Technology enhanced learning. Health psychology; Environmental awareness; Climate change; Sustainability. Attitudes, values and perceptions

Maria Papaikonomou
Doctoral degree

Maria Papaikonomou is a Professor in the Department of Psychology

Loss and bereavement, medical psychology and trauma

Bianca Parry
Doctoral degree

Bianca Parry is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the department of Psychology

ODL/ODeL Research, Student support, teaching and learning, Higher Education, Education in Corrections. Lived experiences of marginalized communities in South African society. Particular consideration for women, motherhood and gender issues. Feminism and Narrative research methods.

Puleng Segalo
Doctoral degree

Puleng Segalo is Professor in the Department of Psychology. She obtained her doctoral degree from the City University of New York

Historical trauma and suffering, gender, Decolonial feminism, African Psychology, visual methodologies, Decoloniality, narrative research approaches, and participatory action research.

Boshadi Semenya
Master's degree

Boshadi Semenya is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Individual and group psychotherapy; social and racial identity issues; women's reproductive health issues, especially termination of pregnancy; traditional African views of mental health and pathology; ecosystemic and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches. Identity Studies, LGBTI(Lesbian, gay, sexual, trans gender inter sex) studies. Indigenous epistemologies

Keit Shirinda-Mthombeni
Master's degree

Keit Shirinda-Mthombeni is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Counselling, Social psychology and Community psychology: HIV and Aids (Psychosocial well-being) Women empowerment, children (orphans and vulnerable children), Youth development (career guidance, teenage pregnancy, abortion or termination of pregnancy, attitude and behaviour change)

Fortunate Silinda
Doctoral degree

Fortunate Silinda is the Chair of the Department of Psychology

Student wellness or wellbeing, student retention or attrition, academic performance or persistence.

Julia Simango
Master's degree

Julia Simango is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. She obtained her MA in Social and Psychological Research from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016 and is a registered research psychologist

Research methodology, Indigenous Research Methodology, Social and Psychological research in South Africa, Gender Studies, Feminism, and African Psychology and Substance abuse.

Fana Simelane
Master's degree

Fana is a registered Research Psychologist and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa

Subgroups and identity, HIV/AIDS and studies related to youth and children

Khuze Skosana
DoctoraL

degree

Khuze Skosana is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Youth; Psychosocial development; General Psychology; Violence; Unemployment; Research

Martin Terre Blanche
Doctoral degree

Martin Terre Blanche is a Professor in the Department of Psychology

I have a full supervision load and am approaching retirement so will not be taking on any additional postgraduate students. I am interested in critical and community psychology, teaching and learning at university level, and popular culture. Methodologically, I feel most comfortable with discourse analytic work.

Stephanie Terre Blanche
Master's degree

Stephanie is a clinical psychologist and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Equine therapy.

Nikki Themistocleous
Doctoral degree

Nikki Themistocleous is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She is the coordinator of the MA in Clinical Psychology Programme

Neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment, Forensic Psychology, Mental Health, understanding psychopathology from various theoretical and paradigmatic approaches, psychotherapeutic practices (including Equine Assisted and animal assisted psychotherapies), Qualitative research and ecological perspectives.

Emmanuel Tlou
Doctoral degree

Emmanuel Tlou is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Unisa. Previously he worked as a clinical psychologist in a general hospital and wellness manager at the State Security Agency

Health psychology (specific interest in HIV/AIDS and workplace health promotion); psychotherapy (clinical case conceptualisation, supervision, therapeutic outcomes, cultural factors, working with families); indigenous knowledge systems; operational psychology in the intelligence and security context.

Koketjo Tsebe
Doctoral

degree

Koketjo Tsebe is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Mental health in sport, psychological variables and therapeutic interventions in sport performance and neuropsychological rehabilitation

René Van Eeden
Doctoral degree

René van Eeden is a Professor in the Department of Psychology

Psychometrics: Development of tests and questionnaires especially for use in a cross-cultural context and validity of tests in various situations. Psychological evaluation: Evaluation of cognitive functioning and personality characteristics and combining procedures (including testing) for selection and counselling. Group dynamics, especially in an organizational context. Leadership especially from the perspective of new developments (e.g. servant leadership). Positive psychology including concepts such as mindfulness, spirituality and spiritual leadership.

Nico Van Zyl
Doctoral degree

Nico van Zyl is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology. He has a PhD (Unisa) and an MA Clinical Psychology (Unisa) degree

Psychopathology and diagnostic labelling, critical psychology, social constructionist approaches to psychotherapy and research, research in psychotherapeutic techniques, integrative approaches to psychotherapy, evidence based practices in psychotherapy, indigenous/alternative knowledge systems, neuropsychology

Petro Van der Merwe
Doctoral degree

Petro van der Merwe is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. She was appointed as assistant researcher in the Institute for Theological Research at the University of South Africa in 1988. In 2014, she accepted the position of Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She obtained a Doctor's degree in Psychology in 2012 on the relationship between adolescent violence and new electronic media technology

Emotional Intelligence, Prevent the millennium learner from misbehaving and to safeguard through the implementation of Emotional Intelligence as a teaching strategy, School violence, Emotional competence, Intervention strategies — social emotional programme, Sociological interpretation of violence, Adolescents' online identities, Electronic violence (cyberbullying), Digital media literacy, Exploring the Immersive Parasocial

Elmarié Visser
Master's degree

Elmarié Visser is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology

Psychopathology: The study, treatment and prevention of abnormal behaviour. Community psychology. Forensic psychology with the focus on child custody evaluation and mediation

Last modified: 2021/09/01