Sumaya Laher (South Africa)


SUMAYA LAHER received her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in research design, psychometrics, psychological assessment and statistics. Her areas of research interest include the utility of psychological assessment in multicultural populations, cross cultural personality assessment and cultural conceptions of mental illness and stigma. Her doctoral and subsequent research into personality, psychometrics and assessment is instrumental in pioneering the usage and interpretation of key instruments in South Africa. She recently co-edited a book titled, ‘Psychological assessment in South Africa: Research and Applications’ that is fast becoming a seminal text in the area. Aside from psychological assessment, Sumaya contributes actively to research on indigenous knowledge systems with her work on traditional healing systems particularly those proposed by Islam, Hinduism and African approaches. Sumaya was awarded a youth rating by the National Research Foundation in 2013 in recognition of her research outputs. She is an Associate Editor at the South African Journal of Psychology and serves as reviewer for a number of local and international journals. Sumaya serves as the President of the Psychological Society of South Africa. She is also a member of the International Test Commission, the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology, and the World Association for Personality Psychologists.

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Carina du Plessis


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