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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

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Traumatic stress 
  • Context of mental health in South Africa
  • Child Therapy
  • Psychodynamic theory

Selected publications

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.

Eagle, G., & Kaminer, D. (2015).  Traumatic stress: Established knowledge, current debates and new horizons. South African Journal of Psychology, 45(1)., 22-35.

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., Eagle, G., & Crawford-Browne, S. (2016). Continuous traumatic stress as a mental and physical health challenge: Case studies from South Africa. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105316642831

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.

Lipinska, M., Timol, R., Kaminer, D., & Thomas, K. (2014). Disrupted rapid eye movement sleep predicts poor declarative memory performance in post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Sleep Research, 23(3), 309-317.

Weierstall, R., Hinsberger, M., Kaminer,  D., Holthausen, L., Madikane, S. & Elbert, T. (2013). Appetitive aggression and adaptation to a violence environment among youth offenders. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 19(2), 138-149. 

Kaminer, D. & Eagle, G. (2010). Traumatic stress in South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Kaminer, D. , Grimsrud, A., Myer, L., Stein, D.J. & Williams, D.R. (2008). Risk for posttraumatic stress disorder associated with different forms of interpersonal violence in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine, 67, 1589-1595.

Stein, D. J., Seedat, S., Kaminer, D., Moomal, H., Herman, A., Sonnega, al. (2008). The impact of the truth and reconciliation process on psychological distress and forgiveness in South Africa. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemology, 43, 462-468.

Suffla, S., Kaminer, D. & Bawa, U. (2012). Photovoice as community engaged research: The interplay between knowledge creation and agency in a South African study on safety promotion. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 22, 517-528.

Taylor, L., Kaminer, D. & Hardy, A. (2011). Risk factors for premature termination of treatment at a child and family mental health clinic. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23, 155-164.

Kaminer, D. (2006). Healing processes in trauma narratives: a review. South African Journal of Psychology, 36, 481-499.

Kaminer, D. and Seedat, S. (2005). Posttraumatic stress disorder. In: S. Romans and M.V. Seeman (Eds.), Women’s mental health: a life-cycle approach (pp.221-236). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Kaminer D., Seedat S., Potocnik, F. and Stein D. (2002). Anxiety disorders in the aged. In: Stein DJ, Hollander E (Eds.), Textbook of anxiety disorders (pp. 429-440). American Psychiatric Press, Washington DC.

Kaminer, D. and Stein, D.J. (2003). Social anxiety disorder. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 4, 103-110.

Kaminer D, Stein D, Mbanga I, Zungu-Dirwayi N. (2001). The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa: relation to psychiatric status and forgiveness among survivors of human rights violations. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, 373-377.

Contact details

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Room Number: 1 - Child Guidance Clinic
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