2020/21 Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Shaheen Ashraf Kagee

Professor Shaheen Ashraf Kagee

Ashraf Kagee is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, Co-Director of the Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. With over 200 academic publications, he has also completed fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and a sabbatical year at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. Professor Kagee's research has focused on common mental disorders among persons living with HIV, psychological and structural factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and common mental disorders in various populations. He currently teaches cognitive psychotherapy and research methods. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, does capacity building work at the Gaza Community Mental Health Centre in Palestine and serves on the Western Cape Covid-19 Vaccine Committee.

Professor Mark Tomlinson

Professor Mark Tomlinson, a Clinical Psychologist, is the Co-Director of the Institute for Life Course Health Research in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University. His scholarly work brings together an interest in factors that contribute to compromised maternal health, understanding child and adolescent development in contexts of high adversity, understanding the impact of maternal depression on child health and development, and how to develop community based interventions to improve health and development across the life course. He has consulted for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank, and Conrad N Hilton Foundation. He is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa since 2017. He has published over 290 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited two books and published numerous chapters.

Professor Mark Tomlinson

Professor Leslie Philip Swartz

Professor Leslie Philip Swartz

Leslie Swartz, a Clinical Psychologist, is a Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, and editor-in-chief of South African Journal of Science. He also has a PhD in English studies from Stellenbosch University. Much of his work is in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies and mental health issues, with a focus on southern Africa. He has received a number of awards for his work and is committed to increasing participation in science and in scholarly publishing. He is also interested in communicating academic and research ideas to the general public. His latest book, How I Lost My Mother (Wits University Press, 2021) is a memoir dealing with personal issues but also raising issues of care and exploitation for a general audience.

Professor Jonathan David Jansen

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a curriculum theorist and an A-rated researcher (NRF) whose research is concerned with the politics of knowledge. His recent books (co-authored, co-edited) include, The settled curriculum: Radical ideas, institutions and the decolonisation of knowledge; Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa's elite schools; and South African Schooling: The enigma of inequality. His current research includes a national study on the impact of the pandemic on the academic work of women scholars, and a study on the underlying causes of chronic dysfunction in ten South African universities. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and four honorary degrees in education.

Professor Jonathan David Jansen

These are among the 34 names nominated to receive recognition at the HSRC-USAf event. Awards will be made in three categories, namely: Emerging Researcher, Established Researcher and the inaugural Team Awards. We will continue to feature the rest of the nominees throughout this week until 18 March.