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Professor Megan Campbell

Associate Professor & Counselling Psychologist

Coordinator of the Professional Training in Counselling Psychology

MA Counselling Psychology, PhD (Rhodes University)

Registered Counselling Psychologist (HPCSA No: PS 0110892)

E-mail: m.campbell@ru.ac.za

Phone: +27(0)46 603 7382

Psychology Clinic 


Having started my career as a Psychometrist and Lay Counsellor, I completed my professional training as a Counselling Psychologist in 2009 with an internship at the Rhodes Clinic and the Student Counselling Centre. I was particularly drawn to relational psychotherapy, and gained experience working with children using non-directive play therapy and adults in individual and couple therapy modalities. I joined the PsySSA Counselling Psychology division as vice-chair and developed a passionate interest in the professional practice and identity of counselling psychology. Three years later I graduated with my PhD which included a visiting scholarship at the Universities of Tilburg and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. My PhD exposed me to crucial debates in the assessment field about the problems associated with universal applications of psychiatric nosology, the role of idioms of distress and explanatory illness models in symptom presentation and treatment, and the value of the cultural formulation. In 2013 I moved to Cape Town and joined the UCT Psychiatry Department as a research fellow. Funded by WHO, I co-ordinated South African field studies evaluating the clinical utility of proposed ICD-11 revisions to diagnostic criteria for sexuality-related conditions. I then joined the Genomics of Schizophrenia in South African Xhosa people (SAX) study, funded by the US NIMH. I led work on the ethics of psychiatric genomics and culturally specific explanatory illness models pertaining to schizophrenia and its related symptoms, in our study sample. I was also a collaborator on a UK Wellcome Trust project that explored the contribution African philosophy and knowledge could make in the field of global mental health. Currently I am growing a body of research on local couple therapy interventions. Over the years I’ve continued to grow my psychotherapy practice with a focus on relational psychotherapy and most recently completed my clinical training in Imago Therapy and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy. My psychotherapy approach draws from shorter term solution-focused and cognitive behaviour therapy models and longer term psychodynamic principles.     


Current teaching Areas

  • Psychometrics and adult assessment (Clinical/Counselling Psychology Programme)
  • Couples therapy (Counselling Psychology Programme)
  • Crisis intervention (Counselling Psychology Programme)
  • HIV/AIDS counselling (Clinical/Counselling Psychology Programme)
  • Psychological Assessment (Honours Programme)
  • Mental Health and Distress (2nd Year Programme)

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in couple therapy research and would encourage prospective Masters and PhD students interested in this area of practice to contact me to discuss possible research ideas. 


Grants and Awards


2021    Primary Investigator: South Africa-Ethiopia collaboration: Counselling psychology and couple therapy. PI: Megan Campbell: (NIHSS) Mobility Award (BMG21/1008) 

2019    Collaborator: Re-examining the global in Global Mental Health: African understandings of mental disorder and intellectual disability. PI: Camillia Kong: Wellcome Trust  

2015    Co-investigator: Stigma in genomics research on schizophrenia and rheumatic heart disease. PI: Jantina De Vires: National Institute of Health (NIH) Stigma and Ethics Grant (Grant number: 1U01HG008226-01)

2013    Co-investigator: Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood: field studies of clinical utility in a South African context. World Health Organisation



2014     Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration award - NRF

2014     URC University of Cape Town Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

2012     South African-UV University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliance

2011     South African Netherlands Research Programme on Alternative Development

2010 Andrew Mellon Citizens Scholarship


Invited speaker

  • Global Mental Health Programme - Columbia University, Manhattan, New York, December 2016: Topic: Traditional healers and global mental health
  • Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine Conference – Cape Town, South Africa, April 2016: Topic: Building relationships through community engagement
  • H3Africa Community Engagement workshop – Stellenbosch, Wester Cape, South Africa, March 2016: Topic: Evaluation strategies for Community engagement on Stigma in African Genomics study
  • H3Africa Community Engagement workshop – Livingston, Zambia, May 2015: Topic: Community engagement on the SAX study


Working Groups

  • African Ethics Working Group on Neuropsychiatric Genomics funded by Oxford University, 2016-2018
  • H3Africa Ethics, Regulatory Issues and Community Engagement Working Group funded by the US NIH, 2013-2018



Community Engagement, Ethics and Stigma 

Campbell, M.M., Matshabane, O., Mqulwane, S., Mndini, M., Nagdee, M., Stein, D., & de Vries, J. (2021). Evaluating community engagement strategies to manage stigma in two African genomics studies involving people living with schizophrenia or Rheumatic Heart Disease, Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. 

Matshabane, O. P., Campbell, M. M., Faure, M. C., Appelbaum, P. S., Marshall, P. A., Stein, D. J., & de Vries, J. (2021). The role of causal knowledge in stigma considerations in African genomics research: Views of South African Xhosa people. Social Science & Medicine277, 113902.

Matshabane, O. P., Campbell, M. M., Faure, M. C., Marshall, P. A., Mayosi, B. M., Stein, D. J., ... & de Vries, J. (2020). Exploring how a genetic attribution to disease relates to stigma experiences of Xhosa patients with schizophrenia in South Africa. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology55, 1679-1686.

Kong, C., Efrem, M., & Campbell, M. (2020). Education versus screening: the use of capacity to consent tools in psychiatric genomics. Journal of medical ethics46(2), 137-143.

Millum, J., Campbell, M.M., Luna, F., Melkzadeh, A., & Karim, Q.A. (2019). Ethical challenges in global health-related stigma research. BMC Medicine, 17:84.

Campbell, M.M., de Vries, J., S., Mqulwana, S.G., Mndini, M.M., Ntola, Jonker, D., Malan, M., Pretorius, A., Zingela, Z., Van Wyk, S., & Stein, D.J., & Susser, E. (2018). Predictors of consent to cell line creation and immortalization in a South African schizophrenia genomics study. BMC Medical Ethics, 19:72.

Campbell, M.M., Susser, E., Mall, S., Mqulwana, S.G., Mndini, M.M., Ntola, O.A., Zingela, Z., Van Wyk, S., & Stein, D.J. (2017). Using iterative learning to improve understanding during the informed consent process in a South African psychiatric genomics study. PloS one, 12(11), e0188466.

Tindana, P., Campbell, M., Marshall, P., Little, K., Vincent, R., Seeley, J., Kumuya, D., and the H3African Community Engagement Working Group. (2017). Developing the science and methods of community engagement for genomics research and biobanking in Africa. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. DOI:,

Campbell, M.M., Susser, E., de Vries, J., … & Stein, D. (2015). Exploring the role of a Community Advisory Board in a South African schizophrenia genomics study. BMC Medical Ethics, 16: 45 (DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0037-5)

Munung, NS., Marshall, P., Campbell, MM…& the Ethics and Regulatory Working Gorup of the H3 Africa Consortium. (2015). Obtaining informed consent for genomics research in Africa: Analysis of H3Africa consent documents. BMC Medical Ethics.

Tindana, P., de Vries, J., Campbell, M., … & the Ethics and Regulatory Working Group of the H3 Africa Consortium. (2015). Community engagement strategies for genomics studies in Africa: a review of the literature. BMC Medical Ethics 16:24 (DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0014-z)

Clough, B., Campbell, M.M., Zarean, M., Aliyeva, T., Mateo, N., & O’Donovan, A. (2013). Protocols for protection of human participants: a comparison of five countries. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 8, 3.


Psychometrics and Tool Translations

Scott, J. C., Moore, T. M., Stein, D. J., Pretorius, A., Zingela, Z., Nagdee, M., Campbell, M ... & Gur, R. C. (2021). Adaptation and validation of a computerized neurocognitive battery in the Xhosa of South Africa. Neuropsychology35(6), 581.

Kamaara, E., Kong, C., & Campbell, M. (2020). Prioritising African perspectives in psychiatric genomics research: Issues of translation and informed consent. Developing world bioethics20(3), 139-149.

Campbell, M.M., & Young, C. (2016). A Xhosa language translation of the CORE-OM using South African university student samples.Transcultural Psychiatry  DOI:10.1177/1363461516661643

Campbell, M.M., & Young, C. (2011). Introducing the CORE-OM within a South African Context: the validation of the CORE-OM using a South African student population sample. South African Journal of Psychology, 41, 4, 488-502


Psychological Health and Distress

Kong, C., Campbell, M., Kpobi, L., Swartz, L., & Atuire, C. (2021). The hermeneutics of recovery: facilitating dialogue between African and Western mental health frameworks. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Temmingh, H., Susser, E., Mall, S., Campbell, M., Sibeko, G., & Stein, D. J. (2021). Prevalence and clinical correlates of substance use disorders in South African Xhosa patients with schizophrenia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology56(4), 695-706.

Mall, S., Platt, J. M., Temmingh, H., Musenge, E., Campbell, M., Susser, E., & Stein, D. J. (2020). The relationship between childhood trauma and schizophrenia in the Genomics of Schizophrenia in the Xhosa people (SAX) study in South Africa. Psychological medicine50(9), 1570-1577.

Campbell, M.M., Sibeko, G., Mall, S., Baldinger, A., Nagdee, M., Susser, E., & Stein, D.J. (2017). The content of delusions in a sample of South African Xhosa people with schizophrenia. BMC Psychiatry, 17,41: DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1196-3.

Campbell, M.M., Fresan, A., Addinall, R.M., Bohmke, W., Grobler, G.P., Marias, A., Wilson, D., Stein, D.J., Reed, G., & Robles, R. (2017) Experiences of gender incongruence and the relationship between social exclusion, psychological distress and dysfunction among South African transgender adults. A field-study for ICD-11. Annuls of Clinical Psyciatry.

Campbell, M.M., Robles, R., Khoury, B., Daouk, S.,Vieira, D.L., & Stein, D.J. (2016). Sexuality-related conditions: a multi-stakeholder approach to explore feasibility of field-testing ICD-11 revisions in developing countries. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ipp0000049

Campbell, M.M., & Stein, D.J. (2016). Hypersexual Disorder. In Petry, N. Behavioural Addictions: DSM 5 and Beyond Oxford University Press.

Campbell, M.M., & Stein, D.J. (2016). Depression and anxiety disorders. In Mezzich, J, Botbol, M, Christodoulou, G, Cloninger, R &Salloum, I. Person Centered Psychiatry. Springer Verlag: Heidelberg.

Campbell, M.M., Artz, L., & Stein, D.J. (2015) Sexual disorders in the DSM and ICD: a conceptual framework. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28: 435-439.

Campbell, M.M., & Stein, D.J. (2014a). Sexual health in the South African context: Guest Editorial. South African Medical Journal,104,6,439

Campbell, M.M., & Stein, D.J. (2014b). Sexual dysfunction: a review of South African research. South African Medical Journal,104,6,440-444.

Ramlachan, P., & Campbell M.M. (2014a). An integrative treatment model for patients with sexual dysfunctions. South African Medical Journal, 104,6,445.

Ramlachan, P., & Campbell M.M. (2014b). Male sexual dysfunction. South African Medical Journal,104,6,447.

Campbell, M.M., & Stein, D.J. (2014c). Hypersexual disorder in general practice. South African Medical Journal, 104,6,448.

Wilson, D., Marais, A., de Villiers, A., Addinall, R., Campbell, M.M., & the Transgender Unit. (2014). Transgender issues in South Africa, with particular reference to the Groote Schuur Hospital Transgender Unit. South African Medical Journal, 104,6,449.

Young, C., & Campbell, M.M. (2013). Student wellbeing at a university in post-apartheid South Africa: A comparison with a British University sample. British Journal of Guidance and Counseling,  DOI:10.1080/03069885.2013.779638

Campbell, M.M., & Knoetze, J.J. (2010). Repetitive symbolic play as a therapeutic process in child-centred play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 19, 4, 222-234.

Completed Postgraduate Supervision


Olivia Mashabane. (2019). PhD Medicine, UCT: Stigma in genomics research on schizophrenia and rheumatic heart disease (co-supervisor)


Judith Bosche. (2019). MMed Psychiatry, UCT: HIV status and subjective-wellbeing in a sample of Xhosa people with schizophrenia in South Africa (co-supervisor)



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