Community Psychology Practice

Community psychology is central to my psychological praxis. I collaborate with those who share the desire for cognitive, social and environmental justice. My psychology skills are diverse and include: expert report writing; critical assessments; project planning and coordination; advocacy; training and governance.

My experience ranges from contributing to the team that rehabilitated a 140-bed hospital in Somaliland; responding to the 2011 Horn of Africa drought; accompanying medical colleagues during the Syria conflict through ongoing provision of medical supplies; and health advocacy directed at overcoming barriers to accessing essential care for survivors of sexual violence in South Africa’s mine-affected communities.

More recently, I have been working on documenting histories of land dispossession and environmental injustice together with the significance of place and epistemic territories for grassroots community struggles who are engaged in restitutive processes in South Africa.

Over the years, I have also conducted several expert assessments, including on the mental healthcare system and services in Lesotho, migrant access to healthcare in Pretoria, which subsequently led to opening MSF’s migration project, and assessed and led the co-authorship of the Office of Health Standards Compliance complaint on inhumane healthcare conditions in Lindela Repatriation facility for MSF with Lawyers for Human Rights and the Treatment Action Campaign. Additionally, I was involved in writing up standards promoting health care access during #FMF protests with students and colleagues from Wits University, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, SAPS and ICRC in the aims of safeguarding access to care for students.

My approach is participatory and have trained members of EarthLore Foundation and the Networking HIV & AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA), who I also co-authored the standards of care for counselling survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

At a governance level, I coordinated MSF’s Southern Africa’s vision process for the board of directors, prior to which I served as the president of MSF in Southern Africa.

This diverse and meaningful clinical and critical experience that is situated in participatory and principled action has helped bring a unique value to teams. If this style resonates with you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.