Department of Psychology

Prof MMLF dos Santos

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 8577
Fax: 012 429 3414


  • PhD Clinical Psychology (UCN)
  • DPhil Psychology (Unisa)
  • MA Psychology (Unisa)
  • Hons BA Psychology (Unisa)
  • B.Soc.Sc. (UFS)

Fields of academic interests

  • Interplay between psychodynamics and ecology – particularly that related to climate change, medicine, health, and the psychopathology spectrum.
  • All aspects associated with sense of self (self-esteem, self-control, self-realisation) and the development of a secure identity and inner vitality.

Field of Specialisation

  • Psychopatholgoy
  • Health Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Human-Environment Relations/Climate Change


  • Dos Santos, M. & Pellitier, J.F. (eds)  (2017).  The social constructions and experiences of madness.  Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Wilson, D. & dos Santos, M. (2017). Psychology’s madness: solipsistic denial of relational dependency. Chapter in The social construction and experience of madness.  Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Scheibe, A., Brown, B. & dos Santos, M. (2015). Rapid assessment of HIV prevalence andHIV-related risks among people who inject drugsin five South African cities. Research report. UNODC.
  • Dos Santos, M. M. L., Rataemane, S. T. Mpofu, E. & Plüddemann, A. (2011). Substance use disorder counseling (Chapter 17).  Chapter in Counseling people of African ancestry.  New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.

Journal articles

  • Dos Santos, M. & Wolvaardt, G.  (2016). Integrated intervention for mental health co-morbidity in HIV positive individuals: a public health assessment.  African Journal of AIDS Research, 15:4, 325-331.
  • Scheibe, A., Makapela,, D., Brown., B, dos Santos, M., Hariga,, F., Virk,, H., Bekker, L-G., Lyan, O., Fee, N., Molnar, M., Eligh, J. & Lehtovuori, R. (2016). HIV prevalence and risk among people who inject drugs in five South African cities.  International Journal of Drug Policy, 30, 107-115.
  • Dos Santos, M. (2015). Mental health comorbidity intervention in people living with HIV in South Africa – a situational analysis. World Journal of Psychotherapy, 1:8.
  • Dos Santos, M.  (2015). Psychological functioning in people living with HIV. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 25:3250-257.
  • Dos Santos, M.  (2015). Cognitive and coping functions in people living with HIV. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 25: 4, 327-334. 
  • Dos Santos, M. M. L., Kruger, P., Mellors, S., Wolvaardt, G. & van der Ryst, E. (2014). An exploratory survey measuring stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa: the People Living with HIV Stigma Index. BMC Public Health, 14:80. (designated ‘highly accessed’ status on Biomed Central).
  • Dos Santos, M. M. L., Trautmann, F., Palakatsela, B. R., Mahaye, F. C. & Khoza, M. N.  (2014). Rapid Assessment Response (RAR) study: drug use and health risk – Emthonjeni Correctional Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.  Harm Reduction Journal, 8: 14.
  • Dos Santos, M. (2013). A meaningful psychometric test or a deceptive Ouija Board? A critical analytical review of the Rorschach Inkblot test. South American Journal of Health & Behavioural Science, 1(1), 37-48.
  • Mokoka, M. T., Rataemane, S. T. & dos Santos, M. M. L. (2012). Disability claims on psychiatric grounds within the South African context: a review.  South African Journal of Psychiatry, 18(2), 34-41.
  • Dos Santos, M. M. L., Trautmann, F. & Kools, J. P. (2011).  Rapid Assessment Response Study: Drug Use and Health Risk – Pretoria, South Africa. Harm Reduction Journal, 8(14).
  • Dos Santos, M. M. L., Rataemane, T. S., Trathen, B. & Fourie, D.  (2010). An approach to heroin use disorder intervention within the South African context: A content analysis study.  Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 5: 13.
  • Dos Santos, M. & van Staden, F. (2008). Heroin dependence recovery.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 18(2), 327-338.



Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, graduate reader.
  • Oxford Union – life member.
  • Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence Climate CoLab Fellow (MIT Sloan School of Management).
  • CSIR REC board appointed member.
  • Foundation for Professional Development Research Ethics Committee (FPDREC) founder and member.
  • UNODC/UNAIDS/NDoH IDU technical working group member.
  • FPD research excellence award 2011 & 2012 (Medical Research Council evaluated/selected).
  • Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence Climate CoLab award recipient (adaptation and civil society) 2013.
  • FPD technical advisor – mental health.
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) Thuthuka 2017 reviewer.


  • Unisa/Africa Health Placements (AHP)/Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) project conceptualiser and technical liaison – climate change/healthcare strategy for Africa.
  • Collaboration with the School of Psychology, University of Cardiff, on a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Behavioural Spillover (CASPI) study implemented in the United Kindgom, Brazil, China, Poland, South Africa, Nepal and Denmark.