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Dr Debbie Kaminer

Ph.D. (UCT)

Background and research interests

  • Psychological effects of trauma and violence
  • Trauma intervention
  • Anxiety disorders

Teaching responsibilities

  • Traumatic stress
  • Childhood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Context of mental health in South Africa
  • Child therapy

Selected publications

Kaminer, D., Schwartz, B., & Owen, M. (2018). Systematic review of the evidence base for treatment of common mental disorders in South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology, 48(1), 32-47.

Kaminer, D., Eagle, G., & Crawford-Browne, S. (2017). Continuous traumatic stress as a mental and physical health challenge: Case studies from South Africa. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105316642831

Sommer, J., Hinsberger, M. Holtzhausen, L., Kaminer, D., Seedat, S., Elbert, T., Augsberger, M., Maercker, A., & Weierstall, R. (2017). Associations between societal disapproval and changes in symptoms of PTSD and appetitive aggression following treatment among high-risk South African males. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8:1, 1369831, doi: 10.1080/20008198.2017.1369831

Hinsberger, M., Holtzhausen, L., Sommer, J., Kaminer, D., Elbert, T., Seedat, S., Wilker, S., Crombach, A., & Weierstall, R. (2017). Feasibility and effectiveness of Narrative Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a context of ongoing violence in South Africa. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 9(3), 282-291.

Kaminer, D. & Eagle, G. (2017). Interventions for PTSD: A review of the evidence base. South African Journal of Psychology, 47(1), 7-22. 

du Plessis, B., Kaminer, D., Hardy, A., &  Benjamin, L. (2015). The contribution of different forms of violence exposure to internalizing and externalizing symptoms among young South African adolescents. Child Abuse and Neglect, 45, 80-89.

Eagle, G., & Kaminer, D. (2013). Continuous traumatic stress: Expanding the lexicon of traumatic stress. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 19(2), 85-99.

Hinsberger, M., Sommer, J., Kaminer, D., Holtzhausen, L., Weierstall, R., Soraya, S., Madikane, S., and Elbert, T. (2016). Perpetuating the cycle of violence in South African low-income communities: Attraction to violence in young men exposed to continuous threat. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7, 29099. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v7.29099

Kaminer, D., du Plessis, B., Hardy, A., & Benjamin, L. (2013). Exposure to violence across multiple sites among young South African adolescents. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 19(2), 112-124.

Kaminer, D., Heath, K, Hardy, A., Mosdell, J., & Bawa, U. (2013). Gender patterns in the contribution of different types of violence to posttraumatic stress symptoms amongst South African urban youth. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37, 320-330.

Contact details

Room 3.03, Department of Psychology
PD Hahn Building, Chemistry Mall
Phone: +27-21-650-3414
Fax: +27-21-650-4104
Email Address: Debbie.Kaminer@uct.ac.za