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Research Interest

Research Interests


Dr Jason Bantjes

Mental health in higher education in SA Suicide prevention and self-harm.

Disability and sport

Health psychology

Ethnographic research


Dr Bronwyne Coetzee

Health Psychology

HIV/Chronic illness and behaviour

Child and adolescent mental health

Psychosocial aspects of chronic illness

Professor Awie Greeff

Family Psychology

Solution-focused brief therapy

Family resilience

Dr Zuhayr Kafaar



Psychological test construction and validation

Measurement theory

Research on children and adolescents


Professor Ashraf Kagee

Health Psychology


Treatment adherence

Stress and trauma

Cognitive Therapy

Scientific reasoning

Professor Lou-Marie Kruger

Women's mental health

The psychology of poverty

Reproductive mental health

Critical clinical psychology

Community interventions

Women and anger

Dr Marieanna Le Roux

Animal-assisted therapy

Animal-assisted reading programmes

Dr Anthea Lesch

Community and health psychology

Impact of structural violence on the well-being of marginalized and oppressed groups

Community engagement in health research

Social science research on HIV/AIDS

Lived experiences of race and racism in contemporary South Africa

Qualitative research

Participatory and arts-based research methodologies

Research ethics.

Dr Elmien Lesch

Close/intimate relationships

Relationship interventions in South African communities

Professor Helene Loxton

Child Psychology

Childhood fears and anxiety in vulnerable populations

Development, implementation and evaluation of CBT-based anxiety interventions for South African youth

Professor Anthony Naidoo

Applied community psychology

Career psychology and work related phenomena 

Ecopsychology and wilderness therapy

Adolescent development

Professor Desmond Painter

Social Psychology

Critical Psychology

Historical and Philosophical foundations of Psychology

Qualitative research methods

Psychology and Social Theory

Dr Chrisma Pretorius

Clinical Neuropsychology

Psychometric assessment Psychopathology

Chronic illness

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures

Traumatic brain injury

Multiple sclerosis

Health care

Dr Rizwana Roomaney

Research methodology

Mixed-method research

Instrument development

Health-related quality of life

Health Psychology

Women's health

Reproductive health



Breast cancer

Ms Mariam Salie


Psychotic disorders in the community

Parental guidance interventions

Anger and aggression

Ms Megan Snow

Female Mental Health

Student Mental Health


Dr Hermann Swart

Intergroup contact

Prejudice reduction in post-conflict societies

Professor Leslie Swartz

Disability Studies

Public mental health

HIV and disability

Citizenship and higher education

Culture and mental health

Dr Sherine van Wyk

Community Psychology

Community mental health

Adolescent psychosocial issues

Gender and adolescence

Preventative interventions




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