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Presidency

The Presidency, which includes the President, President-Elect and Past President, meets on a monthly basis in preparation for the Executive Committee meetings and to consult with the Executive Director regarding the short- and long-term objectives of the Society. The former includes the organisation’s day-to-day functioning and the latter involves its strategic planning and growth initiatives to ensure AICPC’s position as the leading professional psychology association in the country and the continent.

President: Prof Sumaya Laher
Sumaya Laher is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a dual registration with the HPCSA in the categories of research psychologist and psychometrist (independent practice). Prof Laher serves as Chair of the Congress Committee for the 22nd Annual AICPC Congress and is an Associate Editor on the South African Journal of Psychology (SAJP). Prof Laher is an NRF rated researcher whose research interests are in the areas of psychological assessment, culture and mental illness.

President – Elect: Prof Tholene Sodi
Tholene Sodi is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Limpopo. He is the past Vice President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and former Chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology. Prof Sodi is an NRF rated researcher and has numerous publications, mostly in the area of culture and mental health.

Past President: Prof Anthony Pillay
Anthony Pillay is an Associate Professor in Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (UKZN) & Fort Napier Hospital. His post-doctoral training is in Maternal & Child Health at Harvard University & his research is in the area of women & children’s mental health, forensic mental health & professional training. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Mauritius, where he also conducts research. Prof Pillay is the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Psychology.

AICPC Executive Committee
The AICPC Executive is made up of 8 members – a President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and five additional members.

The AICPC Executive for the 2016-2017 term is:

AICPC President
Prof Sumaya Laher
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. Sumaya frequently consults with and mentors students in terms of their research and careers. She is supportive of emerging scholarship and plays an active role in getting students and staff to undertake and publish research. A number of her students now hold positions in business, NGO’s and academia.

Sumaya’s history with AICPC stems back to 2000 where Sumaya was amongst the students who petitioned for a student division at AICPC. Since then she has been an active member of AICPC serving at various occasions on the Executive for the AICPC Division of Research Methodology (DRM). In 2014 she served as an additional member on the AICPC Executive and in 2015 Sumaya served as President-Elect of the Society. For the 2015-2016 term, Sumaya will serve in the position of President.

Sumaya is a psychologist specializing in the field of psychological assessment. She holds a dual registration with the HPCSA in the categories of research psychologist and psychometrist (independent practice). 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’ (insert link to www.psychologicalassessmentinsouthafrica.com) 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.

Sumaya is an Associate Editor at the South African Journal of Psychology and serves as reviewer for a number of local and international journals. She served on the scientific and organizing committees of various conferences. Sumaya chaired the Emerging Psychologist Programme at the ICP 2012 conference in Cape Town. Presently Sumaya contributes actively to the annual AICPC conferences as well as the biennial Southern African Psychology Students Conferences.

AICPC President Elect
Prof Tholene Sodi

Prof Tholene Sodi
Tholene Sodi is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, currently employed as Full Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Limpopo. He is also a part-time Professor at Sefako Makgato University (SMU) where he teaches ethics to Clinical Masters students. He holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Cape Town. From 2004 up to 2015, Prof Sodi served the Professional Board for Psychology and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in different capacities. For example, between 2010 and 2015 he was vice president of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology.
Professor Sodi has numerous publications in the form of journal articles and conference proceedings and has presented more than 60 papers at national and international conferences. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology in Africa. He has also served as a reviewer of a number of local and international journals. In 2012, he was awarded a C rating by the National Research Foundation (South Africa). This six-year recognition award is given to scholars with a sustained recent record of productivity in their field and are recognised by their peers as having produced a body of quality work. He has also received a number of awards in recognition of his scholarly achievements. These include: the University of Limpopo (UL) Vice-Chancellor’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the School of Social Sciences”; the UL Dean’s First Place Award for “Best Established Researcher in the Faculty of Humanities”; and, the AICPC award for Mentoring and Developing the Careers/Studies of Students, Psychologists or Colleagues.

Past President
Prof Anthony Pillay
Anthony Pillay is Associate Professor in Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Fort Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. In addition to his training as a Clinical Psychologist, he holds a Doctors degree in Psychology from the University of Natal, and a Master’s Degree in Maternal & Child Health from Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Boston Children’s Hospital in the United States, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Mauritius, where he is involved in ongoing research, in the area of depression in women and girls. His other areas of research include community mental health, the training and role of clinical psychologists, & forensic mental health. His research is published in peer reviewed journals and books internationally. Professor Pillay is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Psychology, as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. He is an external examiner at many universities, and is a reviewer for numerous Psychology and Medical journals around the world. He is the recipient of many awards, including a University of KwaZulu-Natal award for being one of the most published academics, as well as two AICPC awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Public Service and for Mentoring & Developing the Careers of Students, Psychologists &Colleagues.