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 Crofford

  Associate Professor, COMPRES Research Coordinator
  +27 16 910 3505
  Building A21, Office G19.5, Vanderbijlpark
  BA Social Work (Stellenbosch University); MA Forensic practice (NWU Potchefstroom); PhD in Social Work (NWU Vanderbijlpark)
  Child protection

  Prof Vincent Mabvurira

  Associate Professor, COMPRES Research Coordinator
  018 389 2233
  Office 128, Building A17, Mahikeng
  PhD Social Work (UL), MSW (UZ), BSW (UZ)
  Environmental social work; IKS; Religion, spirituality & 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

  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.

Researchers in Psychology

  Prof Choja Akpovire Oduaran

  Professor; Subject Group Deputy Leader
  +27 18 389 2901
  Building F3, Room 3.1, Potchefstroom
  Phd Counselling And Human Services, Msoc Clinical Psychology
  Community, Family, Gender, Communication, Work Life & Intergenerational Relationships Research

  Prof Esmé van Rensburg

  Full Professor and promoter
  +27 18 299 1727
  Building E8, Room K15, Potchefstroom
  PhD (Child Psychology)
  Child Psychopathology, Child Psychotherapy, Psychological Evaluation of children, families from divorce and Ethics.

  Mr Hershel Meyerowitz

  +2718 285 2569
  Building E8, Room G27, Potchefstroom
  Bsc Behavioural Genetics, Hons Psychology, MA Clinical Psychology
  Psychology, Identity, Social media, Non-verbal Communication.

Prof Karel Botha

  Prof Karel Botha

  Full Professor, NRF Researcher and Promoter
  +27 18 299 1726
  Building E8, Room 125, Potchefstroom
  BA (Psychology)
BA (Hons) Psychology
MA (Clinical Psychology)
PhD (Psychology)
  Clinical Psychology, specifically self-regulatory and adaptive behavioural systems.

  Mrs Lelanie Malan

  Senior Lecturer
  +27 18 285 2571
  Building E8, room G25, Potchefstroom
  MSc (Clin Psych) (Cum Laude); MSc (Research Psych) (NWU Potchefstroom); PGCE (Cum Laude) (Stellenbosch University) BSc (Hon Psych); BSc (Psych)
  Interested in Neuropsychology and Research methodology

  Ms Mianda Erasmus

  Doctorandus, Supervisor and Psychology Programme Leader
  +27 18 389 2334
  Ipelegeng Centre, Room 1.1, Potchefstroom
  BMUS (UFS) – 2005; BMUS HONS (UFS) – 2008; BA HONS in Psychology (UFS) – 2006; BA HONS in Language studies, French (UFS) – 2009; MA in Psychology (Research) (UFS) – 2007; MA in French (Teaching French as a Foreign Language) (UCT) - 2015
  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: supporting first years, large classes, use of technology, excellent teaching on tertiary level.

  Dr Petro Erasmus

  Senior Lecturer
  +27 18 389 2386
  Building A17, Office 143, Mahikeng
  PhD(Educational Psychology), MEd, Masters (Guidance and Counselling)
  Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neuropsychology of Maths Achievement

  Prof Ruan Spies

  Associate Professor and Promoter
  +27 18 285 2388
  Building E8, Room 121, Potchefstroom
  PhD Psychology (2015) VU Amsterdam
M.A. Clinical Psychology (2009) NWU
Hons. B.A. Psychology (2008) NWU
B.A. Communication Studies (2006) NWU
  Adult Psychopathology and Attachment Theory

  Dr Shanaé Theunissen

  +2716 910 3420
  Building A13, Room 121, Vanderbijlpark
  BA in Psychology, Sociology and Languages, MA in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Psychology
  Gender-based violence, Trauma Fortology, Intervention research

  Mrs Tasleem Sayed

  Senior Lecturer
  +27 18 299 1676
  Building E8, Room 204, Potchefstroom
  BA (Social Work), BA Honours (Psychology) MA (Social Work), MA (Positive Psychology)
  Menatl health, well-being, human resilience and covid-19

  Ms Tebello Mabusela

  +27 18 299 2610
  Building E8, Room G28, Potchefstroom
  B. Social Work, B. Soc. Sc (Hons) Psychology, MA Counselling Psychology
  Psycho-social resilience, positive well-being & successful adaptation of individuals, groups and communities.

  Dr Tertia Oosthuizen

  Primary Researcher and Supervisor
  +27 18 299 2132
  Building E8, Room 128, Potchefstroom
  Higher Diploma in Education; BA; BA (Hons) Industrial Psychology; MA (Industrial Psychology); MA (Counselling Psychology); PhD (Psychology)
  Positive Psychology, Trauma Intervention, Violence against women and children

  Prof Werner de Klerk

  Associate Professor / Research Psychologist and promoter
  +27 18 299 1725
  Building E8, Room G24, Potchefstroom
  BA (Human Movement Sciences and Psychology); BA (Hons) Psychology; MA (Research Psychology); PhD (Psychology)
  Qualitative Research Methodology; Well-being of schools (school climate from Psychological perspective)

Researchers in Social Work

  Prof Elizabeth Smit

  Associate Professor
  +27 18 389 2459
  Block A, Room 207, Potchefstroom
  BA (Social Work), MA (Social Work) & PhD (Social Work)

  Prof Elma Ryke

  Full professor, promoter, Social Work Programme Leader
  +27 18 299 1687
  Building E8, Room 207, Potchefstroom
  BA (Social Work); Post Grad Dipl. in Philosophy; MA (Mental Health); PhD (Social Work).
  Psychosocial well-being in households and communities, environmental strengths, policy & practice, substance abuse.

  Dr Elzahne Simeon-de Jager

  +27 18 299 1676
  Building E8, room 212, Potchefstroom
  BA (Social Work), MA (Social Work ), Phd (Social Work)
  Legislation regarding children

  Prof Hanelie Malan

  Associate Professor, Promoter, Subject Group Leader: Department of Social Work, o Post graduate programme coordinator: Magister Artium: Social work in Child Protection
  +27 18 299 1675
  Building E8, Room 206, Potchefstroom
   BA (Social Work); Honours (Psychology); MA (Industrial Psychology); PhD (Social Work)
  Child & Youth Care and Protection; Counselling and therapeutic interventions with children; Adoption as speciality area

  Dr Marelize Vergottini

  Senior Lecturer
  016 910 3417
  Building A21, Room G17.7, Vanderbijlpark
  B.Soc.Sc (Social Work)  University of the Free State, MSW (North-West University), PhD (North-West University)  
  School social work and all aspects directly related thereto, such as children and the subsystems in the education system of parents and teachers

  Dr Pieter Boshoff

  Senior Lecturer
  082 771 2413
  Building E8, Office 224, Potchefstroom
  PhD in Social Work
  Occupational Social Work, Trauma

  Dr Roslind Mokwele

  Senior Lecturer
  +27 18 299 1684
  Building E8, Room 216 , Potchefstroom
  PhD Social Work
  Developmental Social Work and Developmental Social Welfare Policy.

  Dr Sufran Smith

  Senior Lecturer
  +27 18 299 1682
  Building E8, room 218, Potchefstroom
  BA (Social Work), MA (Forensic Practice) (Cum Laude); PhD (Social Work).
  Forensic social work and expert testimony, EAP social work

  Prof Wim Roestenburg

  Full Professor, NRF rated researcher and promoter
  +27 18 285 2270
  Building E8, room 205, Potchefstroom
  B Soc Sc (Social Work), MA (Clinical Social Work) (Cum Laude); D Litt et Phil (Social Work), MBA
  Ecometrics, Scale development, Social Indicators, Research Methods

  Dr Lucé Pretorius

  Lecturer; Subject Group Deputy Leader
  016 910 3428
  Building A21,Office G19.3, Vanderbijlpark
  PhD in Social Work, MA Social Work, BSW
  Innovative and responsive social work education and policy, with particular attention to client violence and digitalisation of social work practice.

Research Psychology Interns

   Madelie Stols

  Research Psychology Intern
  Building E8, Room G11, Potchefstroom
  B.A. in Psychology and Labour Relations B.Com. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with Labour Relations Management B.H.Sc. Honours in Psychology M.H.Sc. in Research Psychology (In progress)

  Ms Rosalind Elmer-English

  Research Psychology Intern
  Building E8, Room G11, Potchefstroom
   Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling and Psychology) Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) Master of Health Sciences in Research Psychology (current)

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 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 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 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.