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Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit
Medical Research Council
P.O. Box 19070
Tygerberg 7505
South Africa

Research Staff Members
Professor Mohamed Seedat D.Phil  
Tel: +27 (0)11 857-1142
Fax: + 27 (0)11 857-1770

Mohamed works in the areas of public health and community liberation psychology.  His research interests include violence and injury prevention, safety and peace promotion, the politics of making community and knowledge production as well as the role of spirituality and religion in human development.
Professor Mohamed Seedat
Prof Ashley van Niekerk PhD
Deputy Unit Director and Senior Specialist Scientist
Professor Extraordinarius: UNISA Institute for Social and Health Sciences

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0399
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

He has a PhD in Social Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet, and an M Psych (Clinical Psychology) from the University of the Western Cape. He is a Professor Extraordinarius with the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences.

Ashley van Niekerk
Professor Kopano Ratele  D.Phil 
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0536 / +27 (0)11 857-1142

Kopano’s research studies focuses on the areas of boys, men and masculinities. He is past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa.

Professor Kopano Ratele
Abdulsamed Bulbulia PhD
Community Intervention Coordinator / Public Health Researcher
Tel: +27 (0)21 938 0534
Fax: +27 (0)21 938 0381

Samed is involved in the promotion and research of indigenous strategies for safe and healthy communities. He is also involved in child traffic safety research.

Abdulsamed Bulbulia

Josephine Cornell M.A (Research Psychology)

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0906
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Josephine’s research interests include Photovoice,  transformation, identity, and protest violence.

Josephine Cornell

Sipho Dlamini  M.A. (Counselling Psychology)
PhD Intern

Tel: +27(0)21 938-0427
Fax: +27(0)21 938-0381

Research interests include the practice of psychology in Africa, primarily focused on therapeutic interventions, higher education, particularly curriculum development and student participation, as well as issues of Africanisation and de-colonisation.

Sipho Dlamini

Rebecca Helman M.A (Research Psychology)
PhD Intern
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0907
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Rebecca’s broad research interests include gender, masculinities, violence, fathering and families. Her current work focuses on constructions of gender within South African families. Her PhD explores post-rape subjectivities.

Rebecca Helman

Nancy Hornsby M.A (Research Psychology)
Data Coordinator/Scientist

Tel: 021 938 0398
Fax: 021 938 0381

Nancy Hornsby has a MA in Research Psychology at the University of Cape Town and is employed as a scientist in the unit. Her research interests lies in pediatric traumatic brain injury (pTBI) the etiology, predictors of injury severity, and the neurocognitive sequelae following such injuries. She is currently working on the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMMSS) and the “Ukuphepha” project.

Nancy Hornsby
Ghouwa Ismail M.A (Research Psychology)
PhD Intern
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0213
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Ghouwa is a registered research psychologist with a background in psychology, criminology and public health. Her research interests include education in South Africa, child well-being, as well as child abuse and maltreatment. She also has a keen interest in psychometric theory, the development of measuring instruments and cross-cultural evaluation of assessment tools.

Ghouwa Ismail
Roxanne Jacobs M.A (Research Psychology)

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0443
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Roxanne is a registered Research Psychologist with a background in Psychology and Research Methods, Anthropology and Gender Women’s Studies.  Her interests include child- and maternal health research, child-adolescent health and well-being, paediatric trauma through burn injury, as well as the use of multimodal technologies in support of treatment and psychosocial recovery.  She is currently involved in a collaborative project on the Psychosocial recovery of Paediatric Burn injury, as well as the National Injury and Mortality and Surveillance System (NIMSS), and provide support on child traffic injury research within the unit.   

Roxanne September

David Kimemia, PhD
Senior Scientist

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-5125
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381 

David Kimemia has specialised experience in research and implementation of safe and sustainable domestic energy programmes. His current projects are focussed on prevention of burn injuries and health losses from combustion stoves, and the development of a replicable model for safe community energization in Africa.

David Kimemia
Annelise Krige H.D.E
Senior Administative Officer
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0441
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Annelise provides administrative and research management support.

Annelise Krige
Sandy Lazarus PhD, Prof
Contract Researcher
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0817
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Sandy’s research draws on a critical 'community psychology perspective and focuses on the factors relating to violence and the development of an appropriate approach to health promotion in the South African context.              

Sandy Lazarus

Nicholas Malherbe M.A (Research Psychology)
PhD Intern

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0903
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Nick’s research interests concern youth safety, identity, and visual methodologies such as Photovoice and collaborative film-making.

Nicholas Malherbe
Phathiswa Silwana BA (Women & Gender Studies)
Research Assistant

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0290
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Phathiswa have a BA degree in Women & Gender Studies, Sociology, as well as Language and Communications. I am currently doing my BA Honours in Women & Gender studies at the University of the Western Cape. My research interests are in gender, women’s bodies, marriage, and culture.

Phathiswa Silwana

Abigail Simons M.A (Research Psychology)
Junior Researcher

Tel: 021 938 0909
Fax: 021 938 0381

Abigail’s area of research interests include public health, skills and development, higher education and community psychology. She is currently involved in the “Ukuphepha” project and the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System. 

Abigail Simons
Robyn Singh M.A (Research Psychology)
M.A. Research Psychology Intern

Tel: + 27 21 938 0284

Robyn’s research interests include work that focuses on the well-being of women and children; as well as community psychology. She is currently involved in a number of projects which form part of the broader “Ukuphepha” project, such as the Psychosocial Recovery of Paediatric Burn Injury and the Community, Safety and Peace Index.

Robyn Singh
Shahnaaz Suffla D.Phil
Specialist Scientist

Professor Extraordinaire, UNISA Institute for Social and Health Sciences
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0896
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Shahnaaz’s research interests draw from the intersections of critical community and peace psychologies, and are located within liberatory philosophies and epistemologies. Her niche areas are conflict, violence and peace, and participatory methodologies. Specifically, her research interests include a focus on peace promotion interventions in contexts of structural violence; participatory engagement as a site of activism, resistance and social change; and Africa-centred approaches to violence and peace research.

Shahnaaz Suffla
Naiema Taliep PhD
Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0817
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Naiema is a research psychologist with expertise and extensive experience in community-based participatory action research, community engagement, violence prevention and programme evaluation. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the development and evaluation of an interpersonal violence prevention intervention that focused on the promotion of positive forms of masculinity and safety and peace.  She has conducted research in the development and psychometric testing of questionnaires in the field of violence, family functioning, safety and peace and health-related quality of life.

Naiema Taliep

Neziswa Titi M.A (Research Psychology)

Tel: +27 (0)21 938-0930
Fax: +27 (0)21 938-0381

Neziswa is trained as a research psychologist. Her research interests lie in child-centred methodologies and -interventions of communicable and non-communicable disease and childhood trauma from the child's perspective, child safety and community engagement.

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