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 Clinical Masters students. He holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Cape Town. From 2004 up to 2015, Prof Sodi served the Professional Board for Psychology and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in different capacities. For example, between 2010 and 2015 he was vice president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology.
Professor Sodi has numerous publications in the form of journal articles and conference proceedings and has presented more than 60 papers at national and international conferences. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology in Africa. He has also served as a reviewer of a number of local and international journals. In 2012, he was awarded a C rating by the National Research Foundation (South Africa). This six-year recognition award is given to scholars with a sustained recent record of productivity in their field and are recognized by their peers as having produced a body of quality work. He has also received a number of awards in recognition of his scholarly achievements. These include: The University of Limpopo (UL) Vice-Chancellor’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the School of Social Sciences”; the UL Dean’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the Faculty of Humanities”; and, the PsySSA award for Mentoring and Developing the Careers/Studies of Students, Psychologists or Colleagues.