Community psychology

Vera Roos

Vera Roos has been a senior research professor in the Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus since 2013. Vera is a social gerontologist, trained as a clinical psychologist, and has a background in community psychology. She focuses on relational and collective well-being of older people and communities in relation to contextual realities by eliciting strengths and competencies.

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.