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Dr Giada del Fabbro
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.

Areas of focus: Child and Adolescent Mental Health (specifically adolescents and dialectical behaviour therapy), Forensic (medico-legal assessments), Personality Disorders and Attachment.

Currently working full time in private practice in Johannesburg and involved in lecturing and training on the Wits circuit as well as supervising and marking of dissertations in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of Psychology at Wits.

Giada also works with adolescent groups in terms of DBT as well as supervision and practice in the forensic field with custody and medico-legal assessments.

Past President
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Dr Lynda Albertyn
Principal Specialist Psychiatrist. Head- Child, Adolescent & Family Unit
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

Dr Albertyn is in full-time state employment at CMJA Hospital, head of the CAFU unit and am head of the Wits Health Science Faculty, Department of Psychiatry training of sub-specialist in C&A psychiatry. Her special interests are Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Attachment and teaching.

President Elect
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Dr Wendy Duncan
Wendy Duncan is a Child Psychiatrist in private practice in Johannesburg. She has a special interest in anxiety, trauma and affect regulation difficulties in children and adolescents. She is the current convenor for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry special interest group of the South African Society of Psychiatrists.


Prof Soraya Seedat
Is Professor, Acting Executive Head of Department of Psychiatry of the University of Stellenbosch, South African Research Chair in Posttra
umatic Stress Disorder, and Co-Director of the Medical Research Council Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders. She has thirteen years of clinical and epidemiological research experience as a psychiatrist. She has published in approximately 185 peer-reviewed publications, many of which cover posttraumatic stress disorder in youth and in women.

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Ray Ann Cook
Ray Anne Cook MOT (sensory processing and ADHD) Occupational Therapy in 1984 at University of Stellenbosch. Currently she is completing her masters in occupational therapy. She has been have worked in paediatrics since qualifying and enjoy working with children who have difficulties with Sensory Integration, psychiatric, emotional, ADHD, autism and developmental delays. Worked in special schools (St Chrsitophers School, Vista Nova School and Tafel Berg School (Neurological Impairment and Learning Difficulties) for 7 years.. Started my own private practice in 1990. Helped start a Toy Library and assessment cente for children with special needs in Pietermartizburg and ran my own Toy library in Cape Town for 2 years. I completed by Sensory Integration qualification in 1989 and am a lecturer on the sensory integration theory, administration, and test interpretation courses. Have been on the SAISI Board since 1995 and am presently the chairperson. Have presented various workshops in South Africa relating to play, sensory integration and ADHD. let the task group in the Revision and publication of the Clinical Observations Booklet of gross motor items. Presently busy with my masters degree in pediatric occupational therapy doing research on sensory processing and ADHD. Qualified as an interactive metronome practitioner (site), Junior Tomatis practitioner (site). Have run postgraduate study groups for occupational therapist since 2002. First recipient of the Western Cape Annual Private Practitioners Life Time Achiever Award 2009. Personally I am married to Brian, have 2 boys Brendan and Michael. I love life, outdoors with the family camping, watersports ,cycling, christianity, children and playing. I have ADHD and learning problems which have helped me in understanding the children from a different perspective.

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Prof Petrus de Vries
Prof Petrus J de Vries is the Sue Struengmann Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He trained in Medicine at Stellenbosch University, and then moved to the UK where he trained in Psychiatry, completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge, and sub-specialised in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He set up and ran a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary service for school-aged children with neurodevelopmental disorders and had a research group in Cambridge. Prof de Vries returned to South Africa in 2012 and now directs 4 research programmes in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – a Centre for Autism Research in Africa; the Adolescent Health Research Unit, a Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Programme, and a Staff Research Development Programme. He was appointed as Associate Editor of JCAMH from January 2015.

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Dr Enver Karim
Dr ENVER KARIM completed his medical degree at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. After working as a medical officer at King Edward Hospital, he joined the dept. of psychiatry and specialized with a FCPSYCH(SA) degree, followed by a sub-speciality qualification in child and adolescent psych- CERT.IN CHILD PSYCH(SA).

Currently employed by the KZN Dept.of Health as a principal specialist and head of the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the eThekwini region. In addition to clinical duties, actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and research.

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Dr Linda Kelly
Linda Kelly is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in private practice in Johannesburg. Her special interests include Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum and Disruptive Behaviour Disorders.


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Lesley Palmer
Lesley Palmer is a Drama and Movement Therapist (MA, UK), Family Constellations Therapist (SA) and Play Therapist (PGDip, UK). She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Lesley's practise integrates a Creative Arts Therapy approach with Constellations work.

Lesley's therapeutic work has been with children and adults, with a focus on bereavement, orphanhood and HIV/AIDS. Beyond her private work, Lesley's commitment is to social and individual healing for South Africans affected by trauma, loss and violence who have limited access to therapy, and to this end is the Director of the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation (www.zakheni.org.za). She co-developed and facilitates a number of Zakheni's training and therapeutic programmes. She is also the co-founder and performer in Zakheni's Bonfire Theatre Project (www.bonfiretheatre.co.za), a transformation theatre company committed to healing social divides.

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Dr Lily van Rhyn
She did her Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Pretoria and completed a PhD in Child Psychiatric Nursing at the University of the Free State

Is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of the Free State.

Pioneered and teach the Advanced Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing – the only one of its kind in the country. Mentoring professional nurses in this field country wide.

Actively involved in postgraduate teaching and research supervision.

Focus areas: resilience and the experience of trauma in children and qualitative research methodology


Lilian Mogale
Dr Nkonene Tema

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