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psychological interventions and practices; the history
of South African psychology; professionalisation. A
second major area of interest is in programme evaluation:
programmes in drug and alcohol prevention; violence
prevention in schools and information technology in
Dr Susan Malcolm-Smith
Two major research areas: Firstly, Affective neuroscience:
social emotion in the brain. Main research programs
running under this focus: a) neural mechanisms and
chemistries of social emotion - the opioid; and blushing
studies; b) social emotion, attachment and theory of mind
(the right hemisphere damage study; ToM in autism; ToM in
pediatric head injury; stress and attachment. Second major
research area: Brain mechanisms and function of dreaming.
Ms Anastasia Maw
Psychological trauma and application of trauma theory
in southern African context; working with gender based
violence; training and consultation models in psychology.
Dr Progress Njomboro
Interested in investigating cognitive deficits in
neuropsychiatric samples and their relationship to
apathy symptoms and related disorders of goal-directed
behaviour. Keen on using lesion studies and brain imaging
techniques to map out the underlying functional and
neural substrates of these negative symptoms.
Dr Nokuthula Shabalala
The role of psychology in health care especially in
service delivery within primary health care settings, the
management of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted
infections at various levels, gender issues and race and
identity in contemporary South Africa.
Professor Mark Solms
Neuropsychology – research and clinical; brain
mechanisms of dreaming, emotion, motivation;
psychological mechanisms.
Ms Leigh Schrieff
Current research involves the implementation and
evaluation of an intervention aimed at the remediation of
attention deficits following traumatic brain injury (TBI) in
children; interest in the broader topic of paediatric TBI
in a South African context; paediatric neuropsychology
research and rehabilitation; Social Psychology; contact
theory and intergroup relations.
Associate Professor Sally Swartz
Discourse studies including psychotic speech, language &
gender, language and power, language & psychotherapy,
conversation analysis; history of psychiatry, including
history of South African lunatic asylums; treatment of
the insane in South Africa before 1940; social history of
insanity in colonial settings.
Dr Kevin Thomas
Cognitive/Clinical Neuropsychology: neural substrates
and assessment of spatial cognition; memory function
in temporal lobe epilepsy; effects of stress, anxiety,
and trauma on memory. Cognitive Aging: effects of
age and age-related diseases on memory and spatial
cognition; Meta-analysis: quantitative reviews within
Professor Colin Tredoux
Social psychology (contact theory, social influence);
psychology and law (all aspects, but especially eyewitness
research, child witness research, legal decision making,
false memory syndrome); cognitive psychology (face
recognition); methodology and statistics.
Dr Catherine Ward
Community psychology, with particular interest in
preventing violence, and once it has occurred, minimising
its psychological and behavioural effects. This includes an
interest in other related risk behaviours, such as substance
misuse, and in related fields such as disaster management.
Work is mostly done in the adolescent age-group.
Dr Lauren Wild
The social and emotional development of children and
adolescents, including (1) the role of family stress (e.g.
family conflict and parental HIV/AIDS) in disrupting
caregiving and child/adolescent adjustment, and (2)
identifying personal, family and community factors
associated with risk behaviours in adolescents.
Dr Pedro Wolf
Evolutionary psychology (life history theory, assortative
mating); methodology and statistics; program evaluation;
cross cultural research.
Contact Details
Postal address: Department of Psychology, University of
Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701
Tel: +27 21 650 3435
Fax: +27 21 650 4104
UCT General enquiries: +27 21 650 9111
UCT web:
Research output
Chapters in books
Boonzaier, F.A. and De la Rey, C. 2011. Sex and gender in
society. In J. Loedelff (ed.), Psychology: An Introduction,
pp. 360-372. 3rd edition. Cape Town: Oxford University
Press Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. ISBN 9780195995114.