MA (Clin. Psych.) (Stell.), MA (Psychology), B.Psych (NMMU)
Registered with the Professional Board for Psychology (HPCSA) in the category Clinical Psychology
Tel: +27 (046) 6038507
Office: Psychology Department, room 105.
Prospective students interested in pursuing a master’s by thesis (MBT) in trauma-focused research are encouraged to contact me to discuss research options and funding opportunities.
I successfully completed the degrees B. Psych (Counselling) and MA (Psych) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and MA (Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling) at Stellenbosch University. I enrolled in the University of Cape Town Clinical Psychology internship programme and completed my internship at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital, working in the Adult Therapeutic Ward, Child and Family Unit, and Intellectual Disability Ward. My community service period was in the Acute Psychiatric Ward at Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth. My clinical work experience ranges from working in tertiary and secondary hospital settings, and at a primary care level. I am also a Ph.D. Candidate at Stellenbosch University. In addition to my academic work, I also manage a small clinical practice. I work from a general cognitive behavioural approach to treat primarily traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression in adolescents and adults. Lastly, I also serve on the Membership Committee of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and I am the co-chair of the Corresponding Membership Sub-Committee of ISTSS.
Professional Practice in Clinical Psychology (MA in Clinical Psychology Programme)
Working with Diversity (MA in Clinical Psychology Programme)
Clinical Psychology in Health Contexts (Evidence-based Practice)
Public Mental Health (Implementation Science) (MA in Clinical Psychology Programme)
Psychopathology (Psychology - Honours)
Psychological Interventions (3rd year)
My primary research focus is to investigate whether empirically supported trauma-focused treatments such as prolonged exposure therapy (PE) can effectively ameliorate PTSD among persons residing in contexts of ongoing adversity characterised by poverty and increased levels of trauma exposure. In addition to effectiveness, I also explore whether empirically supported treatments such as PE can be implemented in a feasible and acceptable manner in low resource settings. Secondary research areas are public mental health in South Africa and the development, contribution, and relevance of clinical psychology as a profession in South Africa.
Current Research Project(s)
My current research work is an international collaboration on the implementation of PE for Primary Care (PE-PC) at a Primary Care level Trauma Centre. Based on a Type-1 Effectiveness-Implementation Trial, the primary aim of the project is to investigate whether prolonged exposure therapy for primary care (PE-PC) is an effective treatment for PTSD among adults at a primary care level. A secondary aim is to ascertain whether PE-PC for PTSD is a feasible treatment among trauma counsellors, and if PE-PC is an acceptable treatment among adults at a primary care level in the Cape Town area.
Booysen, D. D., & Kagee, A. (In press). Double burden of treating traumatic stress in low-and middle-income countries: experiences and perspectives of non-specialist health workers in South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology.
Johnson, S. & Booysen, D. D. (In press). “I just want to live”: A case study exploring separation abuse among women in heterosexual relationships. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 31(1).
Booysen, D. D., & Kagee, A. (2020). The feasibility of prolonged exposure as a treatment for PTSD in low- and-middle income countries: a review. European journal of psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1753941
Booysen, D. D., & Kagee, A. (2020). Implementing prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD in a context of ongoing adversity: A clinical case study. Clinical Case Studies, 19(4), 258–269.
Haine, P. & Booysen, D. D. (2020). Life after training: Professional experiences of early career clinical and counselling psychologists in South Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 30(5). 475-483
Booysen, D., D. & Naidoo, A., V. (2016). On becoming a psychologist: The experiences of the unsuccessful applicant. New Voices in Psychology, 12(1).
Booysen, D. D. (2019). Implementing an Evidence-Based Trauma Therapy for PTSD in a Resource Constrained and Multicultural Context. European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, Rotterdam Poster Abstract Book, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10:sup1, 1613837, DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1613837
Booysen, D., D. (2012). A psychobiography of Friedrich Nietzsche. An unpublished master’s dissertation. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
National and International Conferences
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