EPASSA welcomes two new committee members - Dr. Doret Kirsten and Mr. Robert Thomas-Stark

June 7, 2016

Dr. Doret  Kirsten is a registered Educational and Clinical Psychologist. She has a private practice and has extensive experience as a senior lecturer and supervisor of Honours in Educational Psychology and Psychology, and training of Masters students in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. She supervised interns at the former Institute for Psychotherapy and Counselling at the North-West University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Subject fields were: Developmental psychology, Adolescent pathology and therapy, and Neuropsychology and -evaluation. She coordinated the Masters programme in Clinical and Counselling Psychology, and the Physical rehabilitation ward for patients with stroke, traumatic brain- and spinal cord injury at Witrand Hospital. She was nominated best clinical psychologist in Witrand Hospital in 2014. As part-time researcher in the School for Psychosocial Behaviour Sciences she has delivered: 10 international and 8 national papers, 6 peer reviewed international journal articles, 10 chapters in books, and 2 international invited lectures in Bologna and Denmar. She supervised 17 Masters and 2 PhD students in the field of Positive Psychology, combined with sub-clinical eating disorders, self-injury and mindfulness, and neuropsychology.

She acted as peer reviewer for the NRF, Journal of Psychology in Africa, SA Journal of Education, SA Journal of Psychology, and Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. She currently serves on the joint Ethics Committee of the South African School Psychologist’s Association (SASPA), and has served as expert witness in a number of neuropsychology cases. She still teaches Neuropsychology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, but presently is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education Sciences in Psychopathology and Wellness, and supervisor to Registered Counsellors in training. Her current research focus is Neuropsychology and Wellbeing.


Robert Thomas-Stark is an Educational Psychologist who qualified at the University of Pretoria and is in Private Practice, he also consults at a private primary school. He has taught for a number of years and has been in private practice for 8 years. He has a passion for developing and assisting children/adolescents to cope both emotionally and scholastically. He also has a passion for assisting and supporting many of the role players in children's lives to facilitate their optimal development holistically. Robert is a keen proponent of positive psychology, as well as the solution focused approach to therapy. He is active is creating awareness around the benefits of ADHD. He is hoping to pioneer an acceptance of some of the qualities of ADHD and promote a movement away from the deficit model towards an "attention different" model. 

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