Cartwright, Duncan James

Cartwright, Duncan James

Coordinator: Clinical & Counselling Psychology

Leadership Role Coordinator: Clinical & Counselling Psychology
Discipline Psychology
Contact Number 031-260-2507
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address B28 (MTB Basement)
Last Updated 2 years ago


  • Duncan Cartwright, Ph.D., is head of the Centre for Applied Psychology, Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He is the author of Murdering Minds: Psychoanalysis, Violence and Rage-Type Murder (Brunner-Routledge,2002) and Containing States of Mind: Exploring Bion’s Container Model in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2010).

Degrees Held

  • Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sci. University of Natal, Durban, SA) Majors in psychology and anthropology (1989)
  • Honours  Psychology (Hons.Psych.UND, Durban, SA) Dissertation: Application of Vygotsky’s ‘zone of proximal development’ in psycho-analytic psychotherapy (1990)
  • MA Clinical Psychology (M.A. Clin.Psych.University Durban-Westville, Durban, SA)  Dissertation: Androgyny and the male midlife crisis (1992)
  • Ph.D. (Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy), 1995-2000.(Ph.D. Rhodes University, Grahamstown, SA) Dissertation: Latent Murderousness: An exploration of the quality and nature of object relations in rage-type murderers (2000)

 Research Interests

  • Psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychotherapeutic skills, mentalization, psychoanalytic research methods, violence.

Teaching Interests

  • Psychopathology, psychodynamic psychotherapy




Professional Memberships

  • HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa): 1992-2014
  • PsySSA (Psychological Society of South Africa): 1993- 2014
  • APS (Australian Psychological Society): 2003-06
  • SAPC (South African Psychoanalytic Confederation): 2010-2014
  • IARPP(2016)

Community Involvement

  • UKZN psychology Clinic
  • Mentalization-based group for street children
  • Director of the Community Mental Health Programme (1998-2002). Planning and proposal submission for community projects in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Durban, South Africa. Projects included: (1) An outreach clinical in the community; (2) Community Mental Health worker training Projects (identification and management of mental illness in the community); (3) Management of mental Retardation in Schools in the area; (4) A trauma project (management of high prevalence of PTSD in the community). Responsible for: supervision and Administration of projects (1), (2) and (3), general administrator of funds, clinical Supervision of Community casework.



  • Bullying, vicarious trauma, counselling refugees


  • Psychoanalytic understanding of OCD, clinical supervision, professional identity, mentalization-based treatment of street children