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Rhodes Psychology researcher wins continental award

Date Released : 12/10/2017

Rhodes University’s Psychology researcher won a top award and fifteen received honourable mentions at the Student Presentation Awards during the inauguration of continental 2017 Pan African Psychology Union conference in Durban recently.

Social Change Award and public lecture: Professor Catriona Macleod

Date Released : 02/10/2017

“The spectacular failure and extraordinary success of Psychology in South Africa: the decolonial imperative”

Prof. Jacqui Akhurst rated C2 as a researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Date Released : 14/09/2017

Prof. Jacqui Akhurst has recently heard that she has been rated C2 as a researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Postgrad student, Ms Logan Mclaren, attends Higher Education International Conference in Pretoria

Date Released : 16/08/2017

On 16 August 2017 Ms Logan Mclaren, an organisational honours student, attended the Higher Education International Conference

Inaugural lecture: Prof. Jacqueline Akhurst

Date Released : 26/07/2017

Title: Community Psychology: Hopeless optimism or hopeful future?

Trust Kabungaidze, Organisational Psychology Lecturer awarded PhD from University of Fort Hare

Date Released : 18/05/2017

Trust Kabungaidze, Organisational Psychology Lecturer is awarded PhD

Professor Dave Edwards elected President of International Society of Schema Therapy

Date Released : 28/02/2017

Professor Dave Edwards elected President of International Society of Schema Therapy

Sexuality, Violence & the (ill)discipline of Social Change A public lecture presented by Melanie Judge 2016 Recipient of the Social Change Award

Date Released : 24/10/2016

Melanie Judge is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at UCT and an associate of the Centre for Law and Society. She is a feminist and queer activist and scholar. Melanie has been extensively involved in policy and law reform and advocacy and research in the field of gender and sexual rights, both locally and internationally

The nation needs collective psychology to heal

Date Released : 07/08/2017

Professor Jacqueline Akhurst presented a thought-provoking Inaugural Lecture about the re-repositioning of community psychology (as a branch of psychology) as it is at the helm of change within the psychology profession and communities in South Africa and beyond last week.

#FeesMustFall Protest Action

Date Released : 27/09/2016

Dear psychology students, we are understandably concerned about the impact that the continued suspension of lectures will have on learning, while also conscious that access to higher education is a national problem that requires urgent attention if the country is to meet its constitutional obligation of social redress. We can only hope that the conversations that have taken place yesterday and that will continue today will yield consensus and that lectures will resume soon.

Learning about Disability in Lancaster

Date Released : 21/09/2016

Prof Lisa Saville Young and her two students, Tracey Fleming (studying towards a PhD) and Nicole Cooke (studying towards an MBT) recently attended the Disability Studies Conference at Lancaster University, UK. The conference trip was made possible by an NRF grant awarded to research the process and outcome of a service learning programme currently on offer at Honours level in the department.

A world-renowned community psychologist, Prof. Caterina Arcidiacono, visited us in Grahamstown 22-26 May.

Date Released : 20/06/2016

A world-renowned community psychologist, Prof. Caterina Arcidiacono, visited us in Grahamstown 22-26 May. As an experienced academic and trained psychologist of many years standing, Caterina has been influenced by figures from the Milan School of Systemic Therapy, and by the founder of Community Psychology in Italy. Caterina is past chair of the European Community Psychology Association. She is a senior professor in Gender Studies at Università Federico II in Naples.

A visit from Professor Leslie Swartz during Disability Week (16 – 20 May)

Date Released : 24/05/2016

Rhodes University had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Leslie Swartz from Stellenbosch University during disability week (16 – 20 May). Professor Swartz has interests in the fields of disability studies and mental health. He is also the editor in chief of the African Journal of Disability and serves on multiple editorial boards.

1st Annual Sport and Performance Psychology Summit

Date Released : 03/05/2016

1st Annual Sport and Performance Psychology Summit

Vice Chancellor’s distinguished award for community engagement

Date Released : 08/04/2016

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the multi-disciplinary team from the Siyahluma project (Dr. Sharli Paphitis, Dr. Lindsay Kelland, Prof. Catriona Macleod, Mr. Ryan Du Toit) has been awarded the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement.

Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Medal

Date Released : 08/04/2016

On Thursday 31 March, Prof Catriona Macleod was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Medal. Here is the transcript describing her award.

Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation for Programme Managers

Date Released : 17/11/2015

Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation for Programme Managers Rhodes University Certificate Course NQF Level 8 Accredited, 15 Credits

CSSR researchers present a range of papers at International Society of Critical Health Psychology conference 2015

Date Released : 06/08/2015

CSSR researchers present a range of papers at International Society of Critical Health Psychology conference 2015 The International Society of Critical Health Psychology held its 9th Biennial conference at Rhodes University in 2015. A range of papers and symposia were presented by CSSR researchers including:

Psychology participates in first RU ‘Community Engaged Learning’ Symposium

Date Released : 01/06/2015

With presentations from Prof. Jacqui Akhurst, Prof. Lisa Saville Young with Juliette van Besouw (who did her Honours project on the work); and postgraduates Jabulile Mavuso and Ryan du Toit representing CSSR, the psychology department was well represented at the first ever Community Engaged Learning symposium arranged by Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) office 4-6 May, 2015:

Professor Charles Young has been appointed by the Minister of Health to the Professional Board for Psychology

Date Released : 23/07/2015

Professor Charles Young has been appointed by the Minister of Health to the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council

Professor Charles Young recently attended the 2nd Australian Psychological Society’s College of Counselling Psychologists Conference

Date Released : 07/04/2015

Professor Charles Young recently attended the 2nd Australian Psychological Society’s College of Counselling Psychologists Conference that was held in Melbourne, from 26 February to 1 March 2015, with the theme of Experts in Mental Health.

ISCHP 2015 9th Biennial Conference 12-15 July 2015 Update

Date Released : 04/02/2015

The ISCHP brings together health scholars who are interested in exploring ongoing and emerging issues in critical research, critical theory and critical practice in relation to health and health care. This shared interest in critical approaches to healthcare is exemplified in the theme of the 9th Biennial Conference, ‘Health, Health Care and Social Justice’.

ISCHP 2015 Conference, 12-15 July 2015, Rhodes University Call for abstracts

Date Released : 07/11/2014

ISCHP 2015 Conference, 12-15 July 2015, Rhodes University Call for abstracts The ISCHP brings together health scholars who are interested in exploring ongoing and emerging issues in critical research, critical theory and critical practice in relation to health and health care. This shared interest in critical approaches to healthcare is exemplified in the theme of the 9th Biennial Conference, ‘Health, Health Care and Social Justice’. The call for abstracts for the 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) is now open.

Prof Seedat Social Change Lecture 2014

Date Released : 15/10/2014

Looking Back at Three Decades of Research Enactments and Change Mohamed Seedat

PSYSSA dry run and ‘Work in progress’ CSSR colloquium, 2014.

Date Released : 09/10/2014

“I am feeling overwhelmed with my analysis”, “Am l a researcher or an activist?”, “Why as a woman am I studying men?”, “The stories from my data collection are so overwhelming”. These are some of the situations that the Critical Studies in Sexuality and Reproduction (CSSR) colloquium, held in the Psychology Department on the 10th and 11th September 2014, addressed. There were a total of 16 participants and 14 presentations. The research topics included sexual violence, abortion decision-making, nursing practice and teenage pregnancy. The presenters included Masters’ students in Psychology, Journalism and Pharmacy, PhD candidates in Psychology, and post-doctoral fellows. Professor Macleod opened the colloquium citing the importance of having such interrogative/ critical reflective spaces for research.

CSSR at PsySSA Congress 2014

Date Released : 09/10/2014

The CSSR crew made a bold appearance at this year’s annual Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), which took place between the 16th and 19th of September in Durban, and which celebrated 20 years of democracy as well as the formation of PsySSA.

ISCHP Conference 12 - 15 July 2015

Date Released : 18/09/2014

The ISCHP brings together health scholars who are interested in exploring ongoing and emerging issues in critical research, critical theory and critical practice in relation to health and health care. This shared interest in critical approaches to healthcare is exemplified in the theme of the 9th Biennial Conference, ‘Health, Health Care and Social Justice’.

Masibambane award

Date Released : 28/03/2014

‘Masibambane’ community engagement project wins award

Visiting psychoanalyst awakens us to our dreams

Date Released : 26/03/2014

Last week the department was fortunate to host Dr Dawn Farber, a personal and supervising analyst and faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC). Dr Farber presented a public lecture on Tuesday 18th March on ‘The contributions of Wilfred R. Bion to clinical thinking about Trauma’.

General Psychology 3 Masibambane volunteers recently hosted an end of year party for local children with disabilities and their caregivers

Date Released : 22/01/2014

General Psychology 3 Masibambane volunteers recently hosted an end of year party for local children with disabilities and their caregivers. This party was hosted at Sinako crèche. Masibambane is a community engagement initiative aimed at children with disabilities in disadvantaged communities and their families, and is co-ordinated by Dr. Lisa Saville Young, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology in conjunction with Agata Runowicz (representing both the Department of Health and the Association for People with Physical Disabilities).

In memory of Nqobile Shongwe

Date Released : 22/01/2014

In memory of Nqobile Shongwe 1978 – 2013 In November, members of staff and students of the Masters class in Clinical and Counselling Psychology 2013, gathered at the Psychology Clinic to remember Nqobile Shongwe who died suddenly on the 11 June this year. Nqobile was registered at the time as a Masters student in Clinical Psychology and her untimely death was a terrible shock to everyone. The Psychology Clinic purchased a bench which has been placed under the Jacaranda tea behind the clinic to be used by staff and students as a way of continuing to remember her and the wonderful potential she demonstrated in the short time that she was with us at Rhodes. To read more about Nqobile, you can access the eulogy given by Lisa Saville Young at her memorial service here.

CODESRIA 2013

Date Released : 15/10/2013

Jaclyn Lotter, a PhD candidate and part-time lecturer in the psychology department, was selected from a group of approximately 300 applicants, as one of fourteen young African academics to attend the 2013 Child and Youth Institute hosted by CODESRIA in Dakar, Senegal from 16 September to 4 October 2013.

Rhodes secures new research chair

Date Released : 03/10/2013

Rhodes University has secured another prestigious National Research Foundation (NRF) chair position.

New Rhodes SARChI Chair to explore SA’s significant sexuality and reproduction challenges

Date Released : 25/09/2013

New Rhodes SARChI Chair to explore SA’s significant sexuality and reproduction challenges

Use it or lose it, say the experts

Date Released : 04/09/2013

Professor Ann Edwards, clinical psychologist at Rhodes University, said there were huge variations in the way people age cognitively. "Some individuals decline rapidly as they age, others not so fast.

Workshop on Stress Management with the Department of Social Development

Date Released : 19/08/2013

On the 15th August 2013, the Psychology Clinic hosted a workshop for the Department of Social Development in the Arthur Lord Seminar room. Seven officials attended the workshop, which explored the topic of stress management. The first part of the workshop explored the definition of stress and what stress looked like in their lives. The image of a water jug was used to show how in life we have to pour ourselves into many glasses (roles) which leave us feeling empty of water (energy). Thus it is important to find ways of filling ourselves up.

The 15th Annual Conference of the Society for industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa 2013

Date Released : 14/08/2013

The 15th Annual Conference of the Society for industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa took place at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria between 29-31 July 2013. The theme of the conference was Making a difference in the future world of work. The conference attracted considerable attention and was attended by a large number of academics, practitioners, and students. In total, 77 papers, 33 posters, and 11 workshops were presented.

Staff member attends 5th International Community, Work and Family Conference in Sydney

Date Released : 02/08/2013

Richenda Koeberg, who was appointed on the Kresge Accelerated Development Programme in 2011, recently attended the Fifth International Community, Work and Family Conference which took place on 17-19 July 2013 at The University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Ms Koeberg was one of two South African researchers who participated in the conference with the other South African delegate being from the North West University.

Professor Dave Edwards presented at the conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research in Brisbane

Date Released : 25/07/2013

Professor Dave Edwards presented at the conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research in Brisbane where he convened a panel entitled “Modifying early schemas in schema therapy and emotion-focused therapy. Case-based investigations of change processes.

Professor Catriona Macleod walked away with the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award

Date Released : 01/07/2013

Department of Psychology’s Professor Catriona Macleod walked away with the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award during this year’s graduation ceremony. The Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award seeks to recognize a recent book published by a staff member that advances knowledge and understanding, and also brings considerable credit to the University by virtue of the contribution it makes to scholarly literature, or the discipline within which it is authored

Mental health activist

Date Released : 24/06/2013

Anele Siswana, a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology at Rhodes University, is proof that giving, no matter how small, can make a big difference to the person on the receiving end. He is the first recipient of the Canon Collins Scholars’ Scholarship, a scholarship set up by a group of Canon Collins Scholarship recipients.

South Africans present papers at the Theoretical Psychology Conference, Chile

Date Released : 20/05/2013

South Africans present their papers at the Theoretical Psychology Conference in Chile

Implementation in mental health lags behind policy

Date Released : 30/04/2013

Prof Melvyn Freeman, the 2013 recipient of the Department of Psychology’s social change award, devoted most of his working life to create the conditions for better mental health services in South Africa.

Postgraduate Conference 2012

Date Released : 08/11/2012

The Department of Psychology held its annual Postgraduate Conference, with Dr. Desmond Painter as the keynote presenter. Dr Painter is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University. He has published numerous articles in the areas of critical psychology and the social psychology of language.

Wechsler IQ tests: Distribution of Cross-cultural Norms

Date Released : 05/09/2012

Under the co-ordination of Professor Ann Edwards in the Department of Psychology, Rhodes University, cross-cultural norms have been developed in a series of studies on the adult and child Wechsler IQ tests (WAIS-III and WISC IV).

ICP 2012 Presentations on Sports Concussion Research and Management

Date Released : 27/08/2012

An invited symposium on sports concussion was chaired by Professor Ann Edwards at the 30th International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town in July 2012. Results were presented from three doctoral and three masters theses conducted on South African players of Rugby Union under her supervision at Rhodes University over the past eight years. Doctoral students included Dr Vicky Alexander, Dr Sue Clark and Ms Diana Zoccola; Masters students were Mr Mark Horsman, Mr Ian Smith and Ms Thandi Salmon-Godlo. With the exception of Mark Horsman and Ian Smith, all were in attendance at the conference to present their own work. Dr Clifford van Ommen (currently Psychology Clinic Director at Massey University in Auckland New Zealand) was also present as the co-supervisor on Ms Salmon-Godlo’s thesis while he was still at Rhodes University. The statistical analyses were conducted on all studies by Professor Sarah Radloff, of the Department of Statistics at Rhodes University. While not in attendance at the symposium she was a co-author on all the presentations in acknowledgement of her invaluable contribution to this entire research series.

Unprecedented number of applicants for the Masters Programmes in Clinical and Counselling Psychology

Date Released : 01/08/2012

The psychology department has once again seen a dramatic increase in the number of applicants for the 12 places that it offers annually in the Clinical and Counselling Psychology Programmes.

Psychology student wins International Congress of Psychology PsySSA/Discovery student presentation award

Date Released : 31/07/2012

Tracey Feltham-King, a PhD student in the Psychology Department, won the PsySSA/Discovery student presentation award at the International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town from 22 to 27 July. This congress, held every four years, attracted in the region of 5 500 psychologists from around the globe. Ms Feltham-King’s presentation, entitled ‘The significance of gender in the abortion debate as represented in the South African newsprint media from 1978 to 2005’, drew off research conducted within the ambit of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme in which Rhodes was awarded a SARCHI chair earlier this year.

Prof Michael Guilfoyle's work included in Critical Psychology collection

Date Released : 12/07/2012

Prof Michael Guilfoyle's paper, "From Therapeutic Power to Resistance? Therapy and Cultural Hegemony", has been recognised by Ian Parker, and included in a four volume work entitled "Critical Psychology". This collection, which includes the work of such authors as Michel Foucault, Rom Harre, Michael White, and Judith Butler,

Dr Charles Young won scholarship to attend workshop at the Beck Institute, Philadelphia.

Date Released : 11/07/2012

Dr Charles Young has won a scholarship to attend a three-day workshop in cognitive psychotherapy for faculty and students at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a non-profit organisation, is an international Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) training and resource centre.

Rhodes Psychology Student Finalist in PsySSA/Discovery Award student presentations at ICP

Date Released : 06/07/2012

Tracey Feltham-King, a PhD student in the Psychology Department, is one of two finalists for the XXX International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2012 PsySSA/Discovery Award student presentations. The ICP, which will run from 22 to 27 July in Cape Town, will bring together over 5 000 psychologists and psychology students from around the globe.

Prof Macleod appointed Associate Editor of international journal Feminism & Psychology

Date Released : 06/07/2012

Prof Macleod, who has been on the editorial board of the international journal Feminism & Psychology since 2010, has now been appointed Associate Editor of the journal. Feminism & Psychology is one of a handful of journals that provide a forum for debate at the interface between feminism and psychology.

Megan Campbell Awarded SKILL Programme Scholarship

Date Released : 11/06/2012

Megan Campbell, a Psychology PhD candidate, has been awarded a SAVUSA study visit scholarship to go to the Netherlands for 3 months. The SAVUSA (South Africa- VU University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliances) aims to contribute to the academic climate and the transfer of knowledge between both countries. SAVUSA offers South African PhD’s and Master’s students the opportunity to broaden their skills by carrying out a part of their studies in the Netherlands and develops academic programmes with a strong societal component around relevant themes.

Psychology Postgraduate Conference

Date Released : 28/10/2011

The Department of Psychology held its Postgraduate Conference last week, with Professor Garth Stevens, giving the keynote lecture entitled "Re-imaging our research vistas in the continuing pursuit of a socially relevant psychological praxis: Uncovering the spectacularly ‘ordinary’ in the Apartheid Archive Project". Prof Stevens is an Associate Professor/Clinical Psychologist at University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof de Jong delivers Public Lecture

Date Released : 13/10/2011

On 12 October, the Professor Joop de Jong (MD, PhD) delivered a public lecture on Public mental health - the state of the art of dealing with distress. Prof de Jong is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and epidemiologist with active interests in public mental health systems, various models of trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction of communities.

Social Change Award 2011 - Prof Mkhize

Date Released : 23/09/2011

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, was awarded the Rhodes University Psychology Department’s Social Change Award on Tuesday night (20 September).

Distinguished Publication Award for Prof Macleod

Date Released : 01/09/2011

The American-based Association for Women in Psychology has awarded Professor Catriona Macleod the 2011 Distinguished Publication Award (DPA) for her book, 'Adolesence', pregnancy and abortion: Constructing a threat of degeneration. Prof Macleod, Psychology Professor at Rhodes, humbly admitted that she did not know that her book, which is published by Routledge, was nominated and only learnt after the award that a member of the DPA committee nominated it.

Psychology co-hosts successful Narrative Therapy Conference

Date Released : 05/08/2011

The Rhodes Psychology Department and the Grahamstown Narrative Therapy Network co-hosted a Narrative Therapy conference where participants experienced both cognitive and emotional shifts with positive implications for practice through the rich variety of input. The conference was well-attended with international presenters from as far afield as New Zealand, the United States and Ireland as well as local presenters from Durban, East London and Grahamstown.

Neurocognitive Screening to Facilitate Medical Management in the Diving Arena

Date Released : 25/01/2012

Neuropsychologists Professor Ann Shuttleworth-Edwards and her former doctoral student Dr Victoria Whitefield-Alexander steer a national clinical and research programme on the use of computerized neurocognitive screening using the ImPACT programme to facilitate the medical management of sports concussion. Against this background they were invited to present a paper at an international conference on diving medicine that was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in March last year on the potential for the use of similar screening for divers.

Social Change Award 2012 - Professor de la Rey

Date Released : 18/05/2012

Earlier this month the psychology department awarded Professor Cheryl de la Rey the Social Change award. This event was instituted in 2008, and the idea was to identify psychologists who had made and are making important contributions to social change in South Africa.

Psychology lecturer to attend Summer Institute

Date Released : 26/07/2010

Natalie Donaldson, junior lecturer in the Psychology Department of Rhodes University, has been the only South African accepted to attend the second International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology Summer Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the United States.

Publication success early in academic career of PhD student Megan Campbell

Date Released : 21/06/2010

Megan Campbell, a counselling psychologist and PhD student registered in the Psychology Department, recently had a research article accepted for publication in the US journal, International Journal of Play Therapy.

Professor Macleod invited to join Editorial Board for Feminism & Psychology

Date Released : 02/06/2010

The journal Feminism & Psychology has established itself as the leading international forum for cutting-edge feminist research and debate in - and beyond - psychology.

Psychology Professor makes her mark

Date Released : 19/05/2010

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the South African Department of Health (DoH) commissioned Prof Catriona Macleod, Head of Department of Psychology at Rhodes University, and a team of researchers to produce two significant official documents that will be used in the DoH’s comprehensive preventive and promotion efforts with regard to reproductive health among young women.

Unprecedented number of applications for the 2011 Master's degree

Date Released : 21/07/2010

The Department of Psychology is delighted at the number of applications Rhodes received for the Masters degree in Counselling and Clnical Psychology for 2011.

Marc Kahn from Investec visits the Department

Date Released : 12/08/2010

Marc Kahn visited the department today to run a three-hour seminar for the honours students. The topic of his seminar was "Organisation Development: Working with leadership and culture at Investec Bank."

Facing the past - a must for social change

Date Released : 23/09/2010

Earlier this week Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, an acclaimed academic and author, discussed her paper entitled: “In search of Human Solidarity: Transcending the Boundaries of the Self and the Meaning of Moral Imagination” at a psychology department lecture.

Psychology departmental seminars in 2010

Date Released : 18/05/2010

The department of psychology is hosting a series of seminars in which psychology staff will present their current research.

Highlighting our Community Engagement

Date Released : 27/09/2010

On the 13th and 14th September the Department contributed to the University wide Community Engagement Launch by taking part in the visual displays at Eden Grove that depicted the Department’s engagement with the community through a variety of projects.

Professor David Edwards delivers keynote lecture at Psychotherapy Congress

Date Released : 12/04/2010

In February Professor David Edwards was honoured at a congress on “The changing faces of psychotherapy” in Stellenbosch.

Rhodes Psychology Department shines at SACNA

Date Released : 14/04/2010

The department takes great pleasure in congratulating Clifford van Ommen who was awarded his doctorate from Unisa recently. Entitled “‘My brain will be your occult convolutions’: Toward a critical theory of the biological body”, the project forms part of a growing engagement with biology by critical psychology and, more broadly, body studies.

Professor Ann Edwards receives prestigious invitation

Date Released : 08/02/2010

Professor Ann Edwards was recently invited to become a member of the editorial board of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, the official journal of the Academy of Neuropsychology.

Rhodes Phd candidate, Judy McKenzie wins UNESCO Prize

Date Released : 15/12/2009

Judy McKenzie, a PhD candidate in the Psychology Department at Rhodes University is ‘honoured and excited’ to have been awarded the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

Clifford van Ommen is awarded DLitt et Phil

Date Released : 09/03/2010

The department takes great pleasure in congratulating Clifford van Ommen who was awarded his doctorate from Unisa recently. Entitled “‘My brain will be your occult convolutions’: Toward a critical theory of the biological body”, the project forms part of a growing engagement with biology by critical psychology and, more broadly, body studies.

28 October 2009: Public Lecture - Dr Yogan Pillay - Social Change & Psychology

Date Released : 25/11/2009

On Wednesday 28 October at the Rhodes University Eden Grove Red lecture theatre, Dr Yogan Pillay gave a talk titled “every little bit helps- social change and psychology”. Dr Pillay is the Deputy Director General of Strategic Health Programmes at the Department of Health.

Department well-represented at PSYSSA Conference

Date Released : 28/09/2010

Three staff members and three students represented the Department of Psychology at this year’s Psychological Society of South Africa’s Conference in Durban.

In the interest of aviation safety

Date Released : 01/10/2010

At the recent South African Society for Aerospace Medicine (SASAEM) Conference (9-12 September, 2010) a symposium and specialist panel discussion was convened on ‘Psychological Assessment of Aircrew’. Professor Ann Edwards (in the Department of Psychology at Rhodes) and Dr Whitefield-Alexander (one of her former research students) were invited to present at the conference and to form part of the panel.

Professor David Edwards - translation of book into Chinese

Date Released : 25/11/2009

Conscious and Unconscious was published in 2003 by Open University Press (now a Division of McGraw Hill) in the series Core concepts in Therapy.

29 July 2009: Inaugural Lecture - Professor Catriona Macleod

Date Released : 25/11/2009

On 29 July 2009 Professor Catriona Macleod delivered her inaugural lecture Constructing a threat of degeneration: "teenage pregnancy" in academic and popular rhetoric.

Phelophepa Health Care Train

Date Released : 25/11/2009

The Phelophepa Psycholoy Clinic on board the Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train aims to assist individuals from some of the most deprived communities in SA by firstly offering solution focused individual counselling.

27 July 2009: Public Lecture - Professor Kevin Durrheim

Date Released : 25/11/2009

Professor Kevin Durrheim a visiting Professor of Psychology from University of Kwazulu Natal delivered a public lecture on "Racial Identity & Racism in South Africa Today"

Psychology goes green!

Date Released : 12/10/2010

On Sunday 10th October, 6 members of the Psychology Department participated in the Green Fund Run showing our commitment to environmental awareness and a ‘greener’ university.

The Psychology of poverty

Date Released : 25/10/2010

The Department of Psychology held its Postgraduate Conference last week, with Lou-Marie Kruger, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, giving the keynote lecture entitled “Keep the lights off.

Honours students talk Sport Psychology

Date Released : 25/10/2010

On Wednesday evening, Gary Steele hosted the first sports psychology lecture evening on behalf of the Psychology Department.

Staff contribute to international newsletter

Date Released : 16/02/2011

The latest issue ofAdvances in Cognitive Therapy contains an article by Professor David Edwards and Dr. Charles Young of the Department of Psychology in collaboration with two colleagues who are clinical psychologists in Cape Town.

BUMPER YEAR FOR PSYCHOLOGY POSTGRADUATE GRADUATION

Date Released : 12/04/2011

BUMPER YEAR FOR PSYCHOLOGY POSTGRADUATE GRADUATION

Where do I stand?

Date Released : 19/04/2011

Where do I stand? is a powerful new documentary that is already being used in university classrooms across South Africa and the U.S.. Called "brilliant" and "compelling," Where Do I Stand? captures the experiences and perspectives of seven young people during the xenophobic attacks that broke out in South Africa in 2008. These attacks caught many South Africans off guard, as they were shocked by violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic rainbow nation. The film uses the attacks as a window into the young people’s lives, as they think deeply about their actions during and after this violence and carve out their place in this complex and divided country

Staff Contributes to Daily Dispatch

Date Released : 06/05/2011

On 5 May 2011 Natalie Donaldson, wrote an opinion editorial in the Daily Dispatch looking at the high rate of gay teen suicide in the USA and relating this to the South African context for LGBTI Pride Week. Ms Donaldson is a Junior Lecturer in the Psychology Department; and a researcher in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Psychology; and an activist in LGBTI rights.

Prof Hermans - Creator of Dialogical Self Theory

Date Released : 13/05/2011

Earlier this week Professor Hubert Hermans, one of the main theorists in narrative psychology and in narrative psychotherapy, visited the Psychology Department. Professor Hermans presented a talk on the “Dialogical Self”. During his career he has developed several influential methods and theories. One of them is the Self Confrontation Method (SCM) that has led to the establishment of the Association for SCM practitioners that has around 300 members in 2010.

2 April 2009: Public Lecture - Professor Joop de Jong

Date Released : 25/11/2009

Professor Joop de Jong, a visiting Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry from the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam delivered a public lecture on 2 April 2009.

27 March 2009: Public Lecture - Professor Roger Brooke

Date Released : 25/11/2009

The Psychology Department hosted a public lecture by Professor Roger Brooke a Professor of Psychology at the Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA on 27 March 2009.

18 March 2009 - Community Engagement Day in the Library Quod

Date Released : 25/11/2009

As part of the Rhodes University SRC Community Engagement Awareness Week, the Psychology Department made use of the opportunity to showcase our community involvement at the display space in the library quad provided by the SRC on Wednesday 18 March 2009.

Prof Macleod Appointed Advisor to Council of ASSAf

Date Released : 06/06/2011

Prof Macleod was appointed as advisor to the council of ASSAf this year. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was launched in 1996 with 100 founder members, with then-President Nelson Mandela as patron. In 2001 the ASSAf Statute (Act 67 of 2001) was passed, making it the official science academy of South Africa. ASSAf has established the following vision: ASSAf aspires to be the apex organisation for science and scholarship in South Africa, internationally respecte

Prof Edwards’ article in Monitor on Psychology

Date Released : 09/06/2011

Monitor on Psychology, an American Psychological Association’s magazine that provides editorial on the science and practice of Psychology, is billed as a “must read” magazine for psychology educators, scientists, and practitioners. Recently, an article written by Frank Dattilio from Harvard University, Dave Edwards from Rhodes University, and Daniel Fishman from Rutgers University was featured in the magazine (June 2011, Vol 42, No. 6). Rebecca Clay, the author of the piece had

Dr. Trudy Meehan curates an exhibition at festival

Date Released : 29/06/2011

There is life after mental illness; there is also life during mental illness. That is what we want to say with the paintings and drawings from the Mark Hipper-Tower Hospital Art Group that are exhibited at Eden Grove during the Festival. These works demonstrate the patients’/artists’ capacity for creativity and self expression. However, they also demonstrate their capacity for discipline and focus. The art works testify to the capacities that remain intact or are in the process of recovery despite the imposition of mental illness. When making an art work, one has to make serious

Three Members of Department Accepted as Emerging Psychologists

Date Released : 16/11/2011

Three members from the Psychology Department, Dr Anita Unni, Dr Tracy Morison, and Ms Megan Campbell have been accepted as Emerging Psychologist for the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP 2012). The Emerging Psychologist Programme (EPP) is part of ICP’s strategy to develop and consolidate emerging scientists in the psychology discipline. ICP believes that this programme will form a platform to stimulate growth in various fields of these emerging scientists.