Message from the HOD

Message from the HOD: Prof Tharina Guse

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria has a long history, having been in existence for almost as long as the University itself. We are proud to provide excellent training of psychologists and currently offer three professional programmes that lead to registration as a psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Delivering high quality research output and demonstrating scholarly excellence are central foci of the department. The professional programmes also emphasise the scientist-practitioner model and we strive to balance the development of psychotherapeutic skills with scholarly adeptness and scientific rigour.

We are aware of the South African multicultural context and the need to train psychologists to deliver services to all levels of society and in diverse communities. Therefore, we strive to be sensitive to the psychological needs and realities of individuals, groups and communities in all spheres of society.  The Department of Psychology also strives to collaborate across departments and universities to support multidisciplinary engagement in order to promote the broad  understanding of human behaviour, thought and emotion.  

We are actively seeking out opportunities to collaborate on an international level and several staff members have established research and teaching agreements with universities abroad. Our international focus has recently been strengthened through the appointment of a number of international scholars as extra-ordinary professors.

We would like to welcome you to a vibrant and forward-looking Department of Psychology, firmly rooted in Africa, with a passion for delivering students who will have cutting-edge psychological knowledge and skills relevant to the South African context,  yet  who are also informed of international trends and best practices in the field of psychology.

- Author Joseph Nyamariwata

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