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Dr Catherine L. Ward

Ph.D. (South Carolina)

Background and research interests

  • Violence prevention (especially from the perspective of children's development, and public health approaches to evidence-based intervention)
  • Child maltreatment
  • Youth violence

Currently working on a national epidemiological study of child maltreatment in South Africa, and developing evidence-based parenting programmes to prevent child maltreatment and later youth violence.

Teaching responsibilities

  • PSY1004F: Introduction to Psychology, Part 1 (Psychological Treatments)
  • PSY1005S: Introduction to Psychology, Part 2 (Quantitative Research Methods, Community Psychology)
  • PSY2011F: Clinical Psychology 1 (Course Convenor; Substance Misuse; Childhood Mood and Behavioural Disorders)
  • PSY3007S: Research Methods in Psychology 2 (Quantitative Research Methods)
  • PSY4000W: Quantitative Research Methods (semester module in Honours course)
  • PSY4000W: Community Psychology (semester module in Honours course)

Selected publications‚Äč

Ward, C.L., Artz, L., Berg, J., Boonzaier, F., Crawford-Browne, S., Dawes, A., Foster,D., Matzopoulos, R., Nicol, A., Seekings, J., Van As, A.B., & Van der Spuy, E. (2012). Violence, violence prevention, and safety: A research agenda for South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 102, 215-218.

Ward, C.L., Van der Merwe, A., & Dawes, A. (Eds.). (2012). Youth violence in South Africa: Sources and solutions. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Ward, C.L., and Cooper, A. (2012). Gangs and child safety. In A. van Niekerk, S. Suffla, & M. Seedat (Eds.), Crime, violence and injury in South Africa: 21st century solutions for child safety (pp.148-161). Tygerberg: MRC-University of South Africa Safety & Peace Promotion Research Unit.

Ward, C.L. (2012). Interpersonal violence in South Africa: Connections and approaches to prevention. In Ellis, G., Stein, D., Meintjies, E., & Thomas, K. (Eds.), Substance use and abuse in South Africa. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Dawes, A., & Ward, C. (2011). Violence and violence prevention: New roles for child and adolescent mental health practitioners. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23, 1-4.

Ward, C.L., & Bakhuis, K. (2009). Indigenous theories of children's involvement in gangs: Cape Town's young people speak out. Children & Society, 24, 50-62.

Mlisa, L.N., Ward, C.L., Flisher, A.J., & Lombard, C. (2008). Bullying at rural high schools in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: Prevalence, and risk and protective factors at school and in the family. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 18, 261-268.

Dawes, A., & Ward, C.L. (2008). Levels, trends, and determinants of child maltreatment in the Western Cape Province. In R. Marindo, Groenewald, C., & Gaisie, S. (Eds), The State of the Western Cape Population (pp.97-125). Cape Town: HSRC Press

Ward, C.L., Martin, E., Theron, C. & Distiller, G.B. (2007). Factors affecting resilience in children exposed to violence. South African Journal of Psychology, 37, 165-187.

Ward, C.L. (2007). Neighbourhood indicators: Monitoring child rights and well-being at small area level. In A. Dawes, R. Bray, & A. van der Merwe (Eds), Monitoring child rights and wellbeing: A South African approach (pp.73-90). Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press

Flisher, A.J., Ward, C.L., Liang, H., Onya, H., Mlisa, N., Terblanche, S., Bhana, A., Parry, C.D.H., & Lombard, C. (2006). Injury-related behaviour among South African high-school students at six sites. South African Medical Journal, 96, 825-830.

Brandt, R., Ward, C.L., Dawes, A., & Flisher, A.J. (2005). Epidemiological measurement of children's and adolescents' exposure to community violence: Working with the current state of the science. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 8, 327-342.

Ward, C.L., Flisher, A.J., Zissis, C., Muller, M., & Lombard, C. (2004). Measuring adolescents' exposure to violence and related PTSD symptoms: Reliability of an adaptation of the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16, 31-37.

Ward, C.L., Flisher, A.J., Zissis, C., Muller, M., & Lombard, C. (2003). Reliability of the Beck Depression Inventory and the Self-Rating Anxiety Scale in a sample of South African adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 15, 73-75.

Ward, C.L., & Laughlin, J.E. (2003). Social contexts, age, and juvenile delinquency: A community perspective. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 15, 13-26.

Ward, C.L., Flisher, A.J., Zissis, C., Muller, M., & Lombard, C. (2001). Adolescents' exposure to violence: relationships between exposure and symptoms. Injury Prevention, 7, 297-301.

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Tel: +2721 650 3422
Room Number: 2.09
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