PAPU’s advent arose directly from the successful 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP 2012), held for the first time on African soil in Cape Town in July 2012, where the the leadership of African psychology announced the Cape Town Declaration. Consultations were held in various parts of the African continent, resulting in unanimous support for the formation of PAPU, which caters for national, category, university, individual, student and elder membership.

A First for Psychology in Africa

The Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) and the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), together with PAPU members in Africa, look forward to welcoming you to the first-ever continental psychology congress from 18 to 21 September 2017 in Durban, South Africa.

PsySSA, formed at the birth of South Africa’s democracy in 1994, is Africa’s largest scientific and professional psychology organisation. PsySSA and its other African partners successfully hosted the 30th International Congress of Psychology in 2012 where PAPU was formed. PAPU was inaugurated  in September 2014 after extensive consultations and support from throughout Africa.

South Africa’s 2nd largest city, Durban is the country’s playground, reflecting a rich history and heritage of cultures, cuisine and coastline. Sunny with spring temperatures from 15° to 23°C, you’re certain to enjoy the intellectual and social activities on offer.

Presenters and Topics

“Psychology, Assemblages of Racialisation, and the Age of Populism”

Stevens, G Garth Stevens is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, in the School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests include foci on race, racism and related...
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Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Where Do We Currently Stand?

Seedat, S Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. She holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder funded by the Department of Science and...
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Deconstructing colonial apartheid without regard for Verwoerd’s political psychology

Ramose, MB Mogobe Ramose is Professor of Philosophy. He is attached to the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Department of Clinical Psychology. He is a widely-cited author with numerous publications which include, "But the man does not throw bones", "Towards...
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Realism in psychological science

Maree, D David Maree is a Full-Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria. He is the chair of the Psychometrics committee of the Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He was President of...
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Psychology in the Public Interest

Pillay, B Basil Joseph Pillay is Head of Department of Behavioural Medicine, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Chief Clinical Psychologist for the Hospital Services of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial...
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Competency to testify and the intellectually disabled rape survivor

Pillay, A Associate Professor in Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine & Fort Napier Hospital. His post-doctoral training is in Maternal & Child Health at Harvard University & his research in the area of women & children’s...
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Social Ontogenetic Theory: The Sociogenesis of Individual Development

Nsamenang, B A. Bame Nsamenang is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Teachers College of the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. He is the founding director of Human Development Resource Centre (www.thehdrc.org), a research and service facility committed to...
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Situational Mechanisms in Violent Enactments: Enhancing the Resolution of the Global Picture of Violence

Brett Bowman, B Brett Bowman is a Professor in the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research focuses on the intersections between violence and social asymmetries in low- and middle-income countries....
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When the War Shifts from the Battlefields to the Communities: Postwar Environmental Factors and Mental Health – Findings from the WAYS Study

Amone-P’Olak, K  Prof Kennedy Amone-P'Olak is head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Botswana. He is a psychotraumatologist with numerous publications: journal articles and book chapters in the field. He has conducted research on stressful life...
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Potential for Psychology to Improve the Lives of Africans and What Needs to be Done

Pillay, Y Dr Yogan Pillay trained as a clinical psychologist as well as public health. He has a Phd from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health and is...
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When the War Shifts from the Battlefields to the Communities: Postwar Environmental Factors and Mental Health – Findings from the WAYS Study

Amone-P'Olak, K Prof Kennedy Amone-P'Olak is head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Botswana. He is a psychotraumatologist with numerous publications: journal articles and book chapters in the field. He has conducted research on stressful life...
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Psychology, Assemblages of Racialisation, and the Age of Populism

Stevens, G Garth Stevens is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, in the School of Human and Community Development, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests include foci on race, racism and related...
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Trafficking: New Scandals of Slavery Amidst Old Regimes of Power

Palmary, I Ingrid is a Professor and the director of the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits. She joined Wits in 2005 after completing her PhD (psychology) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Prior to joining Wits, she worked at the Centre for...
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South African Psychology can and should provide Leadership in Advancing Understanding of Sexual and Gender Diversity on the African Continent

Nel, J Juan is a registered clinical- and research psychologist and employed as Research Professor of Psychology at the University of South Africa. As a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher, his expertise in sexuality and gender - in particular,...
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The Connection-Disconnection Motif in Africentric Thought: An Africological Analysis

Mkhize, N Prof. Nhlanhla Mkhize is the former Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). After graduating with an Honours degree (cum laude) at the University of Natal, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue...
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Is Pan African Psychology the way Forward?

Mate-Kole, C Charles Mate-Kole is a Professor of Psychology and Director, Centre for Ageing Studies, College of Humanities, and Consultant Neuropsychologist, Department of Psychiatry (School of Medicine and Dentistry) at the University of Ghana. His previous...
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Psychology as a Discipline in an Era of Transdisciplinarity

De la Rey, C Prof Cheryl de la Rey has been the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria since November 2009. Her previous executive positions include being the Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at...
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Vulnerabilities in Children- Scenarios from Zambia

Menon, A Dr Anitha Menon is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Zambia and the Chairperson for University of Zambia Committee on HIV and AIDS. She is also the President of the Psychology Association of Zambia. Her major research interest...
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Promoting an Increased Understanding of and the Practice of Forgiveness in Africa.

Worthington, E L Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 35 books and over 400 articles and scholarly...
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The Evolution of the Psychological Study of Ethnocultural Identities: Racial Identity, Ethnic Identity, and Ethnic-Racial Identity

Worrell, FC Frank C. Worrell is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also holds an affiliate appointment in the Personality and Social Psychology program.  He also holds a Visiting Professor Appointment at the University...
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Protecting Africa’s Children: Issues of Power, Community, and Sustainability

Wessells, M Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long-time practitioner-researcher on child protection and psychosocial issues, he has worked at grassroots level in diverse African countries and...
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Psychosocial interventions for relationship violence: Social justice and gender-sensitive perspectives and practice in India

Undurti, V Vindhya Undurti is currently Professor of Psychology, and Chairperson, School of Gender Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Her research concerns are located in the interface of psychology and feminism and include mental health of...
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Psychology for Society: Valuing the Person in Community Development

Tiglao-Torres, A Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres, PhD (psychology), is Professor Emeritus, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines and Executive Director, Philippine Social Science Council. She is also a member of the Executive...
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Internationalizing Psychology Education and Training: The need to broaden the Discourse

Thompson, AD Ava D. Thompson, PhD., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at The University of The Bahamas. Her professional activities reflect a macro-disciplinary focus with national, regional and international engagement. Current scholarship...
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Mental/Physical Well-being for Optimal Functioning in the Global (African/Black) World.

Sutherland, ME Dr. Marcia E. Sutherland, Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Psychology at the University of Albany, Sate University of New York.  She has published on obesity, HIV/AIDS, among other topics.  She is the author of the book...
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How Do We Deal with Social Change? Research in Diverse Contexts and on Various Outcomes

Silbereisen, RK Rainer K. Silbereisen was Professor and Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Jena (Germany), Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), and until recently was...
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Fathers and Childhood Outcomes in African Families

Roopnarine, JL Jaipaul L. Roopnarine is Pearl S. Falk Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at several Universities around the world. He has published widely in...
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Skh Djr-Disciplinary Foundation for a Pan African (Black) Psychology Curriculum: A Global Initiative

Nobles, WW Dr. Wade W. Nobles is considered one of the leading architects in the development of the discipline of Black psychology in the USA. He is the co-founder and Past President of the Association of Black Psychologists; the founder and Executive Director of the...
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Independent but not Free: Breaking the Chain of Oppression in Haiti

Nicolas, G Guerda Nicolas, Professor, PhD, 1998, Boston University. Originally from Haiti, Dr. Guerda Nicolas joined the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of Miami in August 2008 and the past the Chair of the Department. She is a...
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Minority Stress and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minorities

Meyer, IH Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. is Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Dr. Meyer studies public health issues related to minority health, including stress and...
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Psychoeducational assessment of Caribbean children: Reflections and future directions

Maynard, DM Donna-Maria B. Maynard, PhD, a registered psychologist and senior lecturer in clinical and counselling psychology at the University of the West Indies, Barbados. Her research agenda is comprised of two overlapping strands of clinical and educational...
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Psychological Science, Psychologists and Public Engagement: Science, Practice and Impact

Maras, P Pam Maras is Professor of Social & Educational Psychology and Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, London.  She is also Director of the Research Centre for Children, Schools & Families where her social psychological...
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Emerging Adults’ Susceptibility to Sexting Influences: Dangerous or Developmental?

Jules, MA Dr Mia Amour Jules is a registered Clinical Psychologist in Barbados and Lecturer Psychology, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. She is a past OAS Research Fellow, a UWI full postgraduate scholar, a University of Nottingham...
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African contributions to Peace Psychology

Heuchert, J Juvia Heuchert is a peace psychologist who received a PhD in clinical-community psychology from Boston University, and other degrees from Georgia State, University of Pretoria, and the University of the Witwatersrand; is a Professor of Psychology at...
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Regulation of psychology as a profession in China

Han, B Buxin Han is currently a full Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Psychological Society, and Secretary-General of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). His...
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Psychology of Human Rights perspective: A critical Analysis

Hagenaars, P Polli Hagenaars is a registered, practicing healthcare psychologist in Amsterdam-NL and a trainer in diversity and non-discrimination, and since 2013 also the convenor of the Board Human Rights & Psychology of the European Federation of Psychologists’...
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Community Defined Evidence Practice—Implications for African Psychology

Grills, CT Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills is a clinical psychologist but with a current emphasis in Community Psychology.  She is Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, national past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and founder and...
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Challenges – and solutions – in forensic psychology

Gowensmith, N Neil Gowensmith, PhD, is a core faculty member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, teaching exclusively in the Forensic Psychology graduate program. In 2014, he created and became the director of the department’s...
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The integration of human rights into codes of ethics in psychology: Critical issues and recommendations

Gauthier, J Dr. Janel Gauthier is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Laval University, Canada. He also is President of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a past-president of the Canadian Psychological Association. He was the Chair of the...
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The Role of Psychology in a Changing World: The Case of African and Arab Countries

Farah, A Licensed professional counselor and professor of Counseling Psychology at University of Bahrain. President of the Arab Union of Psychological Science (AUPsyS).  Former president of the Jordanian Psychological Association. Board Member & Middle East...
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Clinical Supervision Through A Global Lens

Falender, C Carol Falender, Ph.D. is co-author of Supervision Essentials for the Practice of Competency-Based Supervision (APA, 2016); Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (APA, 2004); and Getting the Most Out of Clinical Supervision:  A Guide for Interns...
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Creating a Framework for Indigenizing and Globalizing Caribbean Psychology: An Education Perspective

Evans, M Dr. Makesha Evans is Vice President – Academic Affairs at the International University of the Caribbean in Jamaica. She is a psychologist who has also functioned as a senior educational administrator for over ten years. She is Secretary and Education Chair of...
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Social and Biological Processes in the Development of Anti-Social Behavior.

Barbarin, OA Oscar A. Barbarin, Ph.D.  is professor and chair of African American Studies and professor of psychology at the University of Maryland. His current research activities center around the development of boys of color and the use of universal mental health...
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Lessons learned from a decade of Focus on Youth Research in The Bahamas.

Adderley, RB Richard B. Adderley has worked in the field of psychology for the past 35 years. He is an Assistant Professor (Psychology) at The University of The Bahamas and a member of the Focus on Youth research team. In addition, he serves as the immediate past...
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Potential for psychology to improve the lives of Africans and what needs to be done

Pillay, Y Dr Yogan Pillay trained as a clinical psychologist as well as public health. He has a Phd from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Deputy Director General in the National Department of Health and is...
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Psychology and the Public Interest in Africa: Breakthroughs and Setbacks

Zamani, AE Andrew E. Zamani is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Nasarawa State University Keffi, Nigeria.  He is Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and the President, Nigerian Psychological Association. He is currently a member of the Executive Council of...
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Research ethics and evidence-based practice

Wassenaar, D Prof Douglas Wassenaar is a professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, Discipline of Psychology at UKZN, Pietermaritzburg campus. Although trained as clinical psychologist his research and teaching activities in the past 10-15 years have focused...
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Challenges for African children as well as their strengths and those of the culture in helping them through the transitional periods to reach healthy adulthood

Tchombe, T Therese Mungah Shalo Tchombe is an Emeritus Professor and honorary Dean at the faculty of education, University of Buea. She is in the area of developmental psychology and education with specialty in applied cognitive psychology. Her areas of research and...
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Disability and African Psychology: Some dilemmas and an agenda of action

Swartz, L Leslie Swartz is a distinguished professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University.  He has a long-standing interest in disability and mental health issues and is founding editor in chief of the African Journal of Disability.  Current projects include work...
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Is collaboration between Western trained mental health practitioners and traditional healers desirable (and possible)?

Sodi, T Tholene Sodi is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, currently employed as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Limpopo. He is also a part-time Professor at Sefako Makgato University (SMU) where he teaches ethics to...
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