Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​Department of Psychiatry

Message from the Executive Head of Department


On behalf of our faculty, staff, students and trainees, I want to welcome you to Stellenbosch University's Department of Psychiatry webpage. The mission of the department is to provide optimal clinical services, conduct excellent teaching & training, and perform cutting edge research by adhering to values of integrity, excellence and innovation.

The department coordinates the psychiatric resources of three key institutions in Western Cape's Northern suburbs into a collaborative whole committed to innovative service delivery, teaching and research, community engagement, professionalism, mentoring and leadership development. The three institutions are Tygerberg, our allied tertiary academic hospital and two specialised psychiatric hospitals – Stikland and Lentegeur.

The psychiatric care provided at the three hospitals is comprehensive and reflects the full spectrum of in- and out-patient services ranging from child & adolescent psychiatry to general adult psychiatry to the care of geriatric patients. We also provide community outreach and support to regional and district hospitals within the Northern Metropole and West Coast/Winelands regions in addition to running several specialist clinics and serving as a Mental Health information Centre to the public.

The Department is committed to providing high quality education and training to undergraduates and postgraduates. We participate in the education of undergraduate medical and allied health students including occupational therapy, nursing, physiotherapy and dietetics. Our postgraduate clinical training includes a 4-year general psychiatry registrar training, several 2-year sub-specialty options and a clinical psychology internship program. Comprehensive training gives trainees the opportunity to participate in patient care in a variety of settings that reflects the rich ethnic diversity of the region as well as the full range of psychiatric diagnoses. We also offer MMED, MPhil and PhD courses in Psychiatry, the latter which can be completed by conventional dissertation or by publication within one of our research groups.

Our Department is committed, through research, to better the understanding of psychiatric disorders in South Africa and beyond. We seek out research partnerships within the university and with other local and international institutions to harness available expertise and enhance the dissemination of our findings as reflected by ​our publications over the last several years. ​ We run a thriving research program involving both basic and clinical studies focussing on schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, foetal alcohol syndrome, n​eurodegenerative disorders, neuroAIDS, substance abuse, eating disorders and the intersection of psychiatric and other non- communicable disorders. Our research foci are directly geared at addressing the disease burden in South Africa.

Whether your interest is clinical training, teaching, or research, I invite you to make contact with the Department for additional information about any aspect of our department.


Soraya Seedat, MBChB, MMed, FC Psych, PhD
Professor & Executive Head,
Department of Psychiatry​