Office of the Research Director

Retha Bloem

  Prof Retha Bloem

  Research Director
  +27 21 8643593
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  BSW BA (hons) sociology MSW MA DPhil (UP)
  Higher Education Management, Social justice and transformation, Human dignity and Research integrity

  Prof Elmien Truter

  Associate Professor, NRF rated researcher and promoter; Research Coordinater: Vanderbijlpark Campus
  +27 16 910 3505
  Building 9A, Office G17.6, Vanderbijlpark
  BA (social work) - Stellenbosch University; MA (Forensic practice) - NWU Potchefstroom campus; PhD (resilience in child protection social workers) NWU VTC
  Statutory/child protection social work

  Prof Vincent Mabvurira

  Associate Professor and promoter in Social work; Research Coordinator: Mahikeng Campus
  +27 73 112 4150
  Bachelor of Social Work Honours Degree (University of Zimbabwe)
Master of Social Work (University of Zimbabwe)
PhD Social Work (University of Limpopo)
  Interface among religion, spirituality and social work; child welfare; environmental social work

Operational Manager: Western Cape regional office

  Mrs Abigail Warne (CCYF)

  Financial Officer
  +27 21 864 3593
  Certificate in Office Management (Unisa) Diploma in Secretarial Studies

  Mrs Louise van Wyk

  Administrative Assistant
  +27 21 864 3593
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  Grade 12, Certificate in Office Management, Advance Office Management, Christian Emergency and Trauma Counseling

  Ms Melanie Strydom

  Senior Administration Assistant
  +27 21 864 3593
  North West University, 18 Malan Street, Wellington, 7655, Western Cape, Potchefstroom
  Grade 12, Certificate in Office Management, Certificate in Advanced Office Management

  Ms Thenjiwe Gazi

  Personal Assistant to the Research Director
  Room G05, Building E8, Potchefstroom
  BA Psychology and Sociology BA Honours Sociology MA Industrial Sociology (current)

Project Administrators

  Mrs Elinda de Klerk

  Project Administrator
  Building E8, Room G04B, Potchefstroom
  BA Psychology and Sociology BA Honours in Psychology MA Research Psychology PhD Psychology (2022-present)
  Forensic Psychology and Research Methodology

  Mrs Jessica Daniel-Smit

  Project Administrator
  +27 18 299 1745
  Building E8, Room G11, Potchefstroom
  BA Psychology and Labour Relations, Honours Psychology, MHSC Research Psychology
   Psychopathology and Intervention Research

  Mr Ryan du Toit

  Project Administrator
  MHSC in Research Psychology (Distinction)
BHons Psychology (Distinction)
Bcom Industrial Psychology and Labour Relations (Distinction)
Bcom Management Accountancy
  Research Methodology and Community Psychology

  Dr Wandile Fundo Tsabedze

  Project Administrator
  073 046 8123
  B Soc Sci in Psychology
Honours Degree in Psychology
Master of Social Science in Psychology (research)
Ph.D. in Psychology

  Mr Neville Robertson

  Project Administrator
  Ba(Hon) Psychology, MSc Research Psychology, MHSc Counselling Psychology.  Focus on AI and virtual reality in Psychology.
  Neville Robertson is a HPCSA registered counselling psychologist and HPCSA registered research psychologist. As Project administrator he manages the Simulation Lab for virtual reality in COMPRES.

Research Psychology Interns

  Ms Arina Visagie

  Research Psychology Intern
  Building E8, Room G10, Potchefstroom
  Bachelor of Arts Psychological Counselling (UNISA) Bachelor of Honours Psychological Counselling (UNISA)

  Ms Megan Barnard

  Research Psychology Intern
  Building E8, Room G04A, Potchefstroom
  Bachelor of Arts Psychology Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours in Psychology Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology (current)

  Ms Tebogo Matlou

  Research Psychology Intern
  Building E8, Room G10, Potchefstroom
  Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours in Psychology

Extraordinary Professors

  Prof Ansie Fouché
  Professor of Social work Department of Social Wellbeing Colleges of Humanites and Social Sciences United Arab Emirates University Al Ain, Abu Dhabi,
  Child sexual abuse; strenghts-based studies and interventions; child protection; resilience




  Prof Hendri Coetzee

  Extraordinary Associate-professor and Director of the Nature’s Valley Trust
  As an engaged scholar, Prof Hendri’s main research focus encompasses community, conservation and social-environmental topics such as human-environment interactions, community engagement, community well-being, community impact, community-based conservation

  Prof Hayley Walker-Williams

  Extraordinary Professor
  Prof Hayley Walker-Williams is a research fellow residing in New Zealand, focussing on clinical practice in clinical psychology. She is the co-investigator in the research project entitled “Survivor to Thriver” (S2T) aimed at facilitating resilience pro

  Prof Kobus du Plooy

  Extraordinary Professor

BMil (University of Stellenbosch); BSocSci(Hons) Psych (University of Pretoria); MSc Clin Psych (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University); PhD Psych (North-West University); MBA with distinction (North-West University Business School)

  Head of Behavioural Science, Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin), University of Otago (NZ); Full Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society; Member of the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Psychological Society's Otago Branch; Full Me

  Prof Tanya Robinson

  Extraordinary Researcher
  0434 375 147
  Epworth Building. Suite 513. 33 Pirie Street. Adelaide, 5000. South Australia.,

B.A. (SW) (US); M.S.D. (UP); N.E.C. (UNISA); A.H.S. (UNISA); D.Phil. (US); Ph.D. (NWU); Ph.D. (UCT); Ph.D. (UNISA); Reg. M. (UNSW).

  Creative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Child-Centred Psychotherapy. Socio-Emotional Assessments. Supervision. Training.