About the contributors


Sumaya Laher (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests are in the fields of psychological assessment, particularly personality theory and assessment, cross-cultural issues in relation to mental health and illness and the interface between religion and psychology.

Kate Cockcroft (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She conducts research in the field of developmental cognitive psychology, particularly intelligence, memory and language, as well as cognitive assessment in the South African context.

Both authors have published extensively in their fields and have been teaching psychometrics and psychological assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over ten years.

CHAPTER AUTHORS (in alphabetical order)

Zaytoon Amod (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand.  She is an educational and clinical psychologist whose academic portfolio revolves largely around clinical training and supervision. Her research interests include psycho-educational assessment within the South African context, the promotion of preventative mental health programmes and holistic methods of assisting individuals to achieve their cognitive and socio-emotional potential.

Katherine Bain (PhD) currently works as a clinical psychologist and lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She teaches adult assessment at Masters level and her research interests are currently focused in the area of attachment, the interface between attachment and culture, and parent-infant psychotherapy.

Marita Brink (PhD) works in private practice. The bulk of her work consists of the supervision of qualified psychologists. She has been doing Rorschach training on a basic and an advanced level since 1974. Besides clinical work, she facilitates workshops for professionals and also for students at U.J. and the University of the South-West.

Nicoleen Coetzee (PhD) is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include the development and standardisation of psychological instruments, particularly instruments that could be used when conducting trans-disciplinary research in the South African context.

Marié de Beer (PhD) is professor in the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of South Africa. She has been involved in psychological test development and validation research for more than 20 years. She developed the Learning Potential Computerised Adaptive Test (LPCAT) – a test for the measurement of learning potential.

Fiona Donald (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the the University of the Witatersrand. She has extensive experience in researching and implementing assessment in organisations in Southern Africa.

Ann Edwards (publication name Shuttleworth-Edwards) is Professor Emeritus and Full Professor on a research contract in association with the Psychology Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She is the co-ordinator of a national sports concussion initiative (NSCI) in association with Rhodes University and ImPACT Inc. USA. Her research interests include brain dysfunction in association with participation in contact sports, and the collection of normative data for commonly employed cognitive tests.

David Edwards (PhD) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rhodes University. Previously he was actively involved in the training and supervision of clinical and counselling psychologists and had a research program that focused on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Now retired, he works for the University part time conducting and supervising case study research on psychotherapy. He also runs a private practice as a clinical psychologist and runs a professional training programme in schematherapy, a form of psychotherapy designed for difficult and challenging cases that do not respond to short term interventions. See his website:  www.schematherapysouthafrica.co.za)

Kirston Greenop (PhD) is a research psychologist who specializes in the area of Cognitive psychology, Neuropsychology and Research Methods. She currently works in the private sector researching strategic socio-economic issues of relevance to business.

Lorna Jacklin (PhD) is an Adjunct Professor of paediatrics in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and Principal Consultant Paediatrician at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. She is a certified neurodevelopmental specialist with a wide range of interests including autism and child abuse, in addition she is a registered training in the use of the Griffiths scales of mental development.

Tina Joubert is a registered Industrial Psychologist and Senior Research Consultant with SHL South Africa. She is involved in research in the field of personality as well as cognitive assessment in the South African context, and over the years has headed up numerous projects including an investigation of the online/offline measurement equivalence of the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ32). Her latest area of interest lies in the cross-cultural transportability of bio-data measures in the South African context

Anil Kanjee (PhD) is a Research Professor and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in the Department of Educational Studies, Tshwane University of Technology. His research focuses on: Assessment for Learning approaches in schools and universities, reporting and use of assessment results, Item Response Theory and data analysis, and the application of ICTs for teacher professional development.   He has worked as a consultant to education ministries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has served as a technical advisor to a number of national and international organizations.

Kathy Knott is a Director at Jopie van Rooyen & Partners (JvR). She is a Counselling Psychologist and a certified trainer on a number of tools, specifically the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification Programme, in Sub-Saharan Africa. She manages the South African range of assessments at JvR, and is the relationship manager for CPP.

Marilyn Lucas (PhD) is a Professor and holds the Chair of Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of the Witwatersrand.  She has co-ordinated the Master in Neuropsychology programme and is particularly interested in the clinical practice of neuropsychology including assessment and rehabilitation.

Mary McMahon (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia where she teaches career development and career counselling at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She researches and publishes in child and adolescent career development, narrative career counselling, and qualitative career assessment and is particularly interested in developing practical applications of systemic and narrative approaches for use by adolescents, parents and practitioners.

Karen Milner (PhD) is an Associate Professor in Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand where she lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of Employee well-being and Organisational Behaviour. Her  main research interests are in the area of workplace health promotion. Karen is the lead researcher on the Discovery Healthy Company Index – a research project which assessed the status of health promotion initiatives at 100 different South African organisation as well as the health status of employees within these organisations.

Ruksana Osman (PhD) is Professor, Head of the School of Education and Convener of the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education for Diversity and Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Osman’s research and scholarship has focused on equity and access to learning in higher education. Within this broad framework she has researched assessing and recognizing prior learning in teacher education and higher education

Rabia Patel is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where she teaches psychological assessment to honours and masters students in clinical and counselling psychology. Her research interests include developmental as well as mental health issues related to children, adolescents as well as adults living with HIV. She is also involved in employee wellness issues.

Cas Prinsloo (D Litt et Phil, Psychology) is a Chief Research Specialist with the Human Sciences Research Council. He studies language and literacy acquisition and development among primary school learners from the perspectives of psycholinguistics and cognitive neuropsychology. In the past, he studied personality development and assessment and specialised in psychometrics. He was involved in adapting and standardising versions of the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire for South African use.

Sarah Radloff (PhD) is a Professor in the Department of Statistics at Rhodes University. Her fields of specialization are Applied Statistics, Multivariate Data Analysis, Generalized Linear Models, and Econometrics.

Joseph Seabi is a registered Educational Psychologist and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is completing his PhD and he has authored and co-authored more than 20 articles which focus on dynamic assessment, childhood psychopathology, career counselling, academic under-preparedness of first year students, and environmental health psychology (specifically regarding the association between aircraft noise pollution and learners’ attention, working memory and reading comprehension).

Nicola Taylor (Phd) is an Associate and the head of the Research Department at Jopie van Rooyen & Partners (JvR). Her research focus is on cross-cultural psychological assessment, particularly within the fields of personality and cognitive ability assessment, test construction, and the validation of psychometric assessments in the South African context.

Terence Taylor (D Litt et Phil) is owner of the Aprolab. The company creates and markets psychometric instruments and training programs. He has been involved in test construction and cognitive research for his entire career and over the past two decades has focussed on the assessment of learning potential and the development of critical thinking capabilities.

Andrew Thatcher (PhD) is a Professor and Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He conducts research in the field of technology use and technology adoption focusing on technology adoption in under-resourced areas and the adoption and use of ‘green’ technologies.

Linda Theron (D.Ed.) is a Professor in the School of Education Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University (NWU), Vaal Triangle Campus. She is a qualitative researcher and her research is committed to understanding why and how some South African youth resile. She holds grants that support this research and is also the principal South African investigator in the five country ‘Pathways to Resilience’ study, led by Michael Ungar (PhD). Her publications are dedicated to explaining resilience and her post-graduate students share this focus too. Please see her website www.Lindatheron.org and/or that of the research focus area in which she works at NWU www.optentia.org

Rene van Eeden (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Africa. She has been involved in the development and cross-cultural validation of cognitive and personality measures for use in the South African context. Her publications include work on personality assessment in an organisational context and she has also done qualitative studies focussing on leadership and organisational dynamics.

Nadene Venter is theManaging Director at SHL South Africa. Nadene has worked extensively with clients across South Africa and the broader African continent in both the public and private sectors, with a key focus in designing strategic talent solutions. She is passionate about enabling HR Executives to demonstrate the real business value that can be driven by informed talent decisions. Nadene is a registered industrial psychologist, and is currently Past President of the Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology in South Africa (SIOPSA). She is a regular contributor at both scientific and professional events on various topics including talent acquisition and development, innovations in assessment, and strategic talent management.

Victoria Whitefield-Alexander (PhD) is a Counselling and Research Psychologist affiliated to the Crescent Clinic in Kenilworth, Cape Town. As clinician and researcher, Dr Alexander works closely in association with the Rhodes University National Sports Concussion Initiative (NSCI) and is co-director of ImPACT Applications South Africa.

Mark Watson is a Professor in the Psychology Department of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He specialises, researches and practises in career, school and adolescent psychology. Mark has published extensively in international journals, has contributed chapters to international career texts, and is on the editorial advisory board of several international career journals.

Charles Young (DCounsPsych) is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator of the Professional Programmes in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. His research interests include issues of student mental health and wellbeing and the application of cognitive psychotherapies in South African contexts.


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