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Angelina Wilson

Dr Wilson specializes in positive psychology research and is currently interested in understanding the effect of positive interventions in high-risk communities in South Africa.

She is also part of the positive psychology team working with the African Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research


Mariette Swanepoel

“Real wealth is health” – I have specialised in resistance training for health and weight management and am passionate about all aspects involving; wellness coaching, an holistic approach to weight management and chronic diseases of lifestyle as well as mindful movement.  Through attending varies workshops and conferences, reading literature and other sources I aim to explore all there is and am exciting to learn more of these concepts wherever I go and who ever I meet.  One size doesn’t fit all…the more I learn, the more I see, there is much more to learn and understand…

Marlene Julyan

Marlene Julyan was born as eldest daughter of Willie and Martie van den Berg. She matriculated in 1998 from Potchefstroom Gimnasium. She completed a BSc degree at the former University of the Free State and started afterwards with a B.Pharm at the former PU for CHE. While studying Pharmacy, she did concurrently a Honours and Masters Degree in Latin. She obtained her PhD at the North West University in 2009 with the title “A Phytochemical analysis of some ancient narcotics, with comparative notes on South African folk medical practices” .

Nicole Claasen

Nicole has profound technical and practical knowledge in the field public health nutrition with focus on food and nutrition security, sustainable diets, food environments, agriculture-nutrition linkages, traditional food knowledge and food systems. She has sound expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methodologies and transdisciplinary approaches, as well as project management, research, student teaching and supervision. 

Ruan Kruger

I am a trained Physiologist and appointed as Associated Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences with lecturing duties in the School of Physiology of the North-West University, along with research duties within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART).

Tumi Khumalo

My research career began in 2007 when I joined the North-West University as a Senior Lecturer. I later enrolled for a PhD and completed a thesis entitled “The evaluation of the General Psychological Well-being and the Mental Health Continuum Models in an African context”, awarded in 2011. Prior to that, my MSc dissertation focused on the validation of the Values-In-Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS). Between 2007 and 2012 I worked as a Clinical Psychologist at a University-based counselling and therapy centre. During this time, I continued to do research and teach.

Vicki Koen

Dr Vicki Koen is a registered Research Psychologist and Registered Counsellor who has been involved with the NWU since 2011. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychosocial Health at the Mahikeng Campus of the NWU. With an interest in familial relationships, Vicki did her first Master’s degree in Psychology on the parent-adolescent relationship and adolescent well-being. The same year she completed a B-Psych internship in counselling or counsellor in training practicum at the NWU Vanderbijlpark Campus.

Karen van der Merwe

I have an interest in the role and function of religion in psychological well-being. This area of interest includes the exploration of culturally informed philosophies of life and their influence on religious and spiritual expression; the role of religion and spirituality in coping and meaning making as well as mindfulness as spiritual practice and psychotherapeutic intervention. I enjoy qualitative research because I am interested in people’s stories and how these express their ways of understanding their lives and how they give meaning to their experiences. 

Dorita du Toit

I have been a lecturer and researcher in the field of Physical Education for over 15 years now, I have been an author of various publications (15+ articles and two book chapters) in the field and I have been a supervisor / promotor of five post-doctoral students so far. I have been the principle researcher in two national research projects from which several publications have come forth.

Carlien van Wyk

I am a lecturer at the Centre for Child, Youth and Family Studies (Faculty of Health Sciences) at the North-west University.

I have obtained a BA degree in Social Work at the University of Stellenbosch in 1995.  In

1997 I have obtained a MA in Social Work (Play Therapy) at the University of Pretoria.  I

Ansie Fouche

I am a registered social worker since 1993. I established the Social Work subject group on the Vanderbijlpark Campus of the North-West University in 2008 and was appointed as a senior lecturer in 2009 and acted as subject head until February 2013. I was promoted to associate professor from 1 January 2016.

Ankebé Kruger

I am a registered Counselling Psychologist and have a PhD in Sport Science. I have a special interest in Performance Psychology within the sport context and I have consulted the SA National Women’s Hockey Team, the 1st Netball Team of the NWU and various school teams.

Lanthé (IM) Kruger

Lanthé Kruger (néé Palmer) obtained her B.Sc. degree in September 2002 at the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE), where after she started with her post-graduate studies with special focus on cardiovascular physiology. During this time, Lanthé was also appointed as a temporary lecturer (2006-2008) as well as research assistant (2005-2008) within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). During this time she gained valuable and essential insight and experience into both worlds of academia as well as research.


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