Psychiatry
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​Department of Psychiatry

 

IMAGINE Group members

 

 

 

 

Soraya Seedat
MBChB, MMed (Psych), PhD

Distinguished professor of psychiatry
DST-NRF Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Co-director, MRC Anxiety and Stress Disorders unit

Research focus

Assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders with a special interest in clinical and translational work in childhood and adult posttraumatic stress disorder

 

 

Alex Doruyter

MB,ChB, MMed, FCNP (SA), DipPEC (SA)
Specialist nuclear physician
Division of Nuclear Medicine, Tygerberg Hospital
PhD scholar, MRC Clinician Researcher Programme

Research focus
Molecular brain imaging and functional connectivity in social anxiety disorder and how these correlate with measures of social cognition

 

 

Leigh van den Heuvel

MBChB; FCPsych; Med (Psych)
Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry
Project manager: Understanding the SHARED ROOTS of NPDs and CVD

Research interest
The impact of chronic stress on the interaction between NPDs and the metabolic syndrome 

 

 

Jonathan Carr

MB ChB, MSc (Med), FCP (SA) Neurology
Professor and Head, Division of Neurology, Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University

Research interest
Aetiology of neurodegenerative disease, particularly Parkinson's disease, from both a genetic and environment perspective

 

 

 

Louise Warnich

Bsc Msc PhD
Professor in Human Genetics
Dean, Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University  

Reseach interests
Variability in drug response due to heredity, with a specific focus on antipsychotic treatment response outcomes.

 

 

Bonga Chiliza                                                              

MBChB, FCPsych, PhD
Senior Lecturer & Senior Specialist Psychiatrist
Stellenbosch University & Tygerberg Hospital

Research interests
Efficacy of long acting injectable antipsychotics in first episode schizophrenia; Clinical trials of antipsychotic & alternative medication; Language & cultural barriers to mental health

 

 

 

Dana Niehaus

MBChB, MMed (Psych), DMed
Associate Professor and psychiatrist, Stellenbosch University & Stikland Hospital

Research interest
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychopharmacology, genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia, and medical education

 

 

Laila Asmal

MBChB, FCPsych, MMed (Psych), MSc (Clin Epid)
Psychiatrist and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry

Research focus
Neuropsychiatry and first episode psychosis

 

 

 

Soraya Bardien

PhD
Associate Professor in Molecular Biology and Human Genetics

Research interest
Genetic causes of Parkinson's disease (PD) in the South African population and molecular mechanisms underlying development of the disorder.

 

Robin Emsley

MBChB, DCH, FCPsych, MMed (Psych), DMed, DSc
Professor of Psychiatry
Sarah Turoff Endowed Chair in Schizophrenia Research

Research interest
Psychopharmacology of schizophrenia

 

 

Christine Lochner
MA PhD
Associate professor in clinical psychology
Co-director: SU/UCT MRC Unit on Anxiety & Stress Disorders

Research interest
Phenomenology, psychobiology and neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders with apparent compulsive / impulsive features

 

Sian Hemmings
PhD 

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Research interests
Molecular aetiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorders

 

 

 

Stefan Du Plessis
MBChB

Clinician researcher, Department of Psychiatry

Research interests

Use of functional and structural neuroimaging to study psychopathologies in South African populations; Development of a Virtual Reality Exposure therapy for PTSD