Positive Psychology

Marita Heyns

Marita Heyns is a researcher in the Optentia Research Entity of the NWU. She has a PhD in Psychology and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) as academic background. Her interests generally reflect Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship related topics. She has a particular interest in the development of models for interpersonal- and organizational trust within workplace contexts characterised by transition and uncertainty. Through her research, she strives to promote pathways for individuals and organisations to flourish.

 

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.

 

Christelle Liversage

Christelle Liversage has extensive management and leadership experience on various levels. She was Rector of an academic institution, worked for the UK based Institute for Leadership and Management as Africa Operations Manager and headed up the learning and development team of the British High Commission as Manager of Southern and Eastern Africa. She pursued a Master of Arts in Positive Psychology (MAPP) when the NWU offered the qualification for the first time at the Potchefstroom Campus in 2014 and acquired the qualification Cum Laude.

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

 

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.

Werner Nell

Werner started his academic career as a student assistant in the Sociology department in 1996, and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the North-West University. Werner obtained his PhD in Sociology in 2005 at the NWU, and completed a Master’s degree in Positive Psychology at the same institution in 2014. His main research field is the study of psycho-social well-being, especially in relation to religion and spirituality, as well as the natural environment.