Research and Projects

The Child and Family Centre

The Child and Family centre offers professional services in the following areas:

  • Professional services in the form of one-to-one psychotherapy for children, adults and families, many of whom are from the marginalised sectors of society and who have experienced major life adversities or other forms of psychosocial stress that warrant professional intervention
  • Training, supervision and mentoring of educators, social workers, community mental health workers, community volunteers, and related mental health professional on request
  • Development and facilitation of community based interventions.

Further details about:  The Child and Family Centre Annual report Click here

For Child and Family Centre Brochure Click here

The HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG)

The HIV AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG) comprises of a multi-disciplinary team of core staff and consultants with backgrounds in the behavioural sciences, law and human rights, and research ethics. HAVEG undertakes empirical and conceptual research into ethico-legal complexities in HIV vaccine trials in South Africa, and is involved in the development of resources for vaccine stakeholders. We work with a range of role-players to facilitate the ethical conduct of HIV vaccine trials in our setting.  HAVEG has focused on key issues in such trials including informed consent for trial participation, ancillary care and standards of prevention, and adolescent participation.

    Further details about HAVEG

    Masculinity Research Group

    This project is broadly concerned with understanding the psychology of masculinity, and especially some of the critical issues such as masculinity and HIV.

    Further details about
    Masculinity Research Group Click here

    The Pietermaritzburg Suicidology Project (PSP)

    The Pietermaritzburg Suicidology Project (PSP) was established in 1983 in the context of a general hospital clinical psychology service. In developing a clinical psychology service at Northdale general Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, we found ourselves inundated with referrals from physicians concerning cases of suicidal behaviour, particularly in adolescents. In most cases these involved overdoses of medication or ingestion of poisonous substances. In view of the high incidence of the problem and complex psychosocial dynamics involved, we developed a treatment strategy that we in turn subjected to research evaluation. Our research has also developed to exploration of other facets of suicidal behaviour, including psychodynamics, family dynamics, gender, HIV/AIDS, culture, and prevention strategies.

    Further details about Click here for Pietermaritzburg Suicidology Project 

    SARETI The South African Research Ethics Training Initiative

    SARETI is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary education programme in health research ethics for Africa. SARETI aims to build African capacity for the ethical review of health research, and to strengthen Africa's institutional training capacity to achieve and sustain this.
    SARETI provides a variety of educational programmes, varying from short workshops and short courses to full Masters programmes.
    The partners in SARETI are the University of KwaZulu-Natal (School of Psychology) the University of Pretoria (School of Medicine), and the Johns Hopkins University, Berman Institute of Bioethics.

    Further details about SARETI

    The Ethics, Law, and Human Rights Collaborating Centre of the

    African AIDS Vaccine Programme

    AAVP African AIDS Vaccine Programme

    Situated in the University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Psychology, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the Ethics, Law, and Human Rights (ELH) Collaborating Centre of the AAVP works to facilitate the ethical conduct of HIV vaccine trials in selected African countries proximal to running trials.

    The Primary Objectives of ELH are to:

    • Assess and strengthen the ethical-legal framework in African countries;
    • Facilitate networking and consensus-building among major stakeholders; and
    • Conceptually address and develop resources on key ethical issues in HIV vaccine trials.

    AAVP ELH has been funded from 2002. For the current funding cycle which runs until 2009, the ELH Chair is Prof Douglas Wassenaar, the Coordinator is Mrs Nicole Mamotte, and ELH Executive members are Ms Cathy Slack (HAVEG) and Ms Ann Strode (Faculty of Law, UKZN). International advisory members include Dr Pamela Andanda (Kenya), Prof Clement Ademabowo (Nigeria), Prof Coumba Toure Kane (Senegal), Dr Aceme Nyika (Tanzania), Ms Kitty Grant (South Africa) and Dr Henrietta Consolo (United Kingdom).

    Contact Details:
    Tel: +27 33 260 6165
    Fax: +27 33 260 6065
    Further details about ELH (click here to download)

    Mapping African Research Ethics Capacity: MARC

    with a URL link to:

    Contact details:
    Discipline of Psychology

    Ms Nondumiso Khanyile
    Pietermaritzburg Campus 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal 
    Telephone: +27(0)33 260 5853
    Fax: +27(0)33 260 5809

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