Mkhize, Nhlanhla

Mkhize, Nhlanhla


Leadership Role Deputy-Vice Chancellor
Discipline Psychology
Contact Number 031-260-2006
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address Memorial Tower Building, ZG045
Last Updated 2 years ago

Degrees Held

  • BA
  • BA (Hons)(Cum Laude) (U. Natal),
  • MA (U. Iowa),
  • PhD  (U. Natal)


  • Nhlanhla Mkhize, PhD, is the former Head of the School of Psychology and former Dean and former Head of the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). He teaches modules on African Psychology & Ethics, with reference to African philosophical underpinnings to ethics and also touching on the interface between culture, health and illness. He has been invited to give keynote addresses nationally and internationally on the subject of indigenous knowledge systems, morality/ethics and the self. He has published journal articles and book chapters on cultural aspects of counseling, career counseling, African psychology, and ethics. He was a member of the International (African) Reference Group that participated in the revision of the International Code of Ethics for Occupational Health Therapists. Of late he has been interested in language and instruction and has been involved in isiZulu terminology development and translation for Psychology and other Social Sciences disciplines.


  • Moody Exchange Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan (1998)
  • Bram Fischer Visiting Scholar, Oxford University (2001).
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Iowa (1990-1992)
  • Chair: South African Humanities Deans Association

Keynotes (Selected)

  • Mkhize, N. (2008, March). Speaking together: incorporating indigenous perspectives in Counseling Psychology. Opening Keynote: International Counseling Psychology Conference. Chicago, USA: March 6-9, 2008
  • Mkhize, N. (2004, October). “Indigenous concepts of personhood, health and illness: Implications forIRBs”. Paper presented at the PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) 2004 Annual IRB Conference. San Diego, CA. (29-30 October, 2004) (Keynote Address).


  • Co-Principal Investigator: South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI). SARETI is a research ethics training programme funded by the US National Institute of Health and the Forgarty International Centre. SARETI offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, African-based training programme in health-related research ethics and was the first programme of its kind in Africa. The main objective of the programme is to build capacity in health research ethics review in Africa.

 Research Interests

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Indigenous Approaches to Peace-building & Support
  • Narrative, Hermeneutic, Post-modern / Constructivist Approaches to Career Development
  • Cultural & Cross-cultural Psychology & Test Translation/Development
  • Culture, Self and Moral and Ethical Decision Making
  • Culture and Intelligence: Multiple Intelligences
  • African Psychology, Spirituality, & Health Psychology
  • Dialogical Self, Theoretical & Critical Psychology

Teaching Interests

  • Career Development: Narrative & Hermeneutic Perspectives
  • Culture, Self, & Moral Reasoning
  • African (Indigenous) Psychology
  • Ethics /Indigenous Ethics
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Counselling Psychology & Health Psychology



  • Hook, D., Mkhize, N. J. Kiguwa, P., & Collins, A. (Eds.). (2004) Critical Psychology. Cape Town: UCT Press
  • Ratele, K., Duncan, N., Hook, D., Mkhize, N., Kiguwa, P. & Collins, A. (2004) (Eds). Self, community and psychology. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Journal Articles

  • Mkhize, N. J., & Frizelle, K. (2000) Hermeneutic-dialogical approaches to career development: An Exploration. South African Journal of Psychology30(3), 1-9.
  • Mkhize, N. (2005). Career development in context: Lessons from postmodernism and hermeneutics. Perspectives in Education, 23(3), 93-105.
  • Furnham, A., Ndlovu, A. & Mkhize, N. (2009). South African Zulus’ beliefs about their own and their children’s intelligence. South African Journal of Psychology, 39(2), 157-168.
  • Hlongwa, N., Balfour, R., Mkhize, N. & Engelbrecht, C. (2010). Progress and challenges for language policy implementation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Language Learning Journal, Vol 38(3), 347-357.
  • London, L., Tangwa, G., Matchaba-Hove, R., Mkhize, N., Nwabueze, R., Nyika, A., & Westerholm, P. (2013). Ethical guidelines for occupational health professionals: An African working group perspective. Occupational Health Southern Africa, 19(5), 5-7.
  • Kamwendo, G., Hlongwa, N., & Mkhize, N. (2013). On medium of instruction and African scholarship: The case of isiZulu at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Current Issues in Language Planning, 15(1), 75-89.
  • Aduda, DSO., & Mkhize, N. (2014). Ethical issues evolving from patients’ perspectives on compulsory screening for syphilis and voluntary screening for cervical cancer in Kenya. BMC Medical Ethics, 2014, 15:27.
  • London, L., Tangwa, G., Matchaba-Hove, R., Mkhize, N., Nwabueze, R., Nyika, A., & Westerholm, P. (2014). Ethics in occupational health: Deliberations of an international working group addressing challenges in an African context. BMC Medical Ethics, 2014, 15:48 [DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-48].

Chapters in Books

  • Mkhize, N. (2006). The social, economic and moral dimensions of fatherhood. In L. Richter & R. Morrell (Eds.). BabaMen and fatherhood in South Africa (pp. 183-198). Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council.
  • Mkhize, N. (2008). Ubuntu and harmony: An African approach to morality and ethics. In R. Nicolson (Ed.), African ethics (pp. 35- 44). University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
  • Watson, M., McMahon, M., Mkhize, N., Schweitzer, N., & Mpofu, E. (2011). Career counselling with people of African Ancestry. In M. Watson & M. McMahon (Eds), Counseling people of African ancestry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mkhize, N. (2011). Connectedness and dialogism in career theory and practice. In M. McMahon & M. Watson (Eds), Career counseling and constructivism: Foundational Constructs (pp. 87-99). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Mkhize, N. (2012). Career counseling and indigenous populations: Implications of worldviews. In M.Watson & M. McMahon (Eds.), Career Counseling and indigenous populations: Global issues and challenges (pp. 125-142). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Supervision (Selected)

  • Majola, P. Z. (2010) Autonomy, relatedness and ethics: Perspectives from researchers, community members and community representatives (M. Soc Science, Counselling Psychology)
  • Musaya, J(2010) Newspaper coverage of health related research in Malawi: An ethical perspective (M. Phil Research Ethics, SARETI student)
  • Hoddinott, G. (2010). Can ‘narrativity’ be learned? Attempting to expand on the stories of legitimation told by non-black South Africans claiming Africanness. (M. Soc Science: Research Psychology) (summa cum laude)
  • Zukelwa, N. (2010). Conceptions of research and attitudes towards research and research collaboration: A community perspective (M. Soc. Sc, Counseling Psychology)
  • Omondi, D. (2010). Screening populations for disease in Kenya: frameworks for policy decisions and the participants’ perspectives. (M. Soc Sc: Research Ethics).
  • Tushini, N. (2011). Indigenous cleansing ceremonies: An evaluation. M. Soc Science (Counseling Psychology).(Cum Laude)
  • Bayi, T. (2011). Common ethical challenges in assessing black learners in South African schools. M. Soc Science (Counselling Psychology).
  • Fabiano, D. (2011). The career development experiences of Black female psychologists in South Africa: A narrative approach . M. Soc Science (Counselling Psychology).
  • Adewusi, K. (2011). West and South African tertiary students’ perceptions of multiple intelligences: A cross-sectional study. M. Soc Science (Educational Psychology). (Co-Supervisor: Ms N. Buthelezi
  • Mkhize, X. (2011). Constructions of masculinity and sexuality in young Xhosa male adults. M. Soc Science (Clinical Psychology). (Co-supervisor: Dr. N. Mankayi.)
  • Sekhesa, T. (2012). Violence prevention in the schools: An application of the Africentric model (M. A. Educational Psychology). (First Class)
  • Bomoyi, Z. (2012).Stakeholder holders’ perceptions and views on indigenous counselling services in a tertiary institution. M. Social Science (Counselling Psychology) (Cum laude)
  • Chitindingu, E. (2012). Inclusion of multicultural issues in Psychology training in South Africa (Research Psychology). (Cum laude)
  • Masitha, N. J. (2012). The construction of masculinities and sexuality among young male university students. MA (Counselling Psychology).
  • Mokoena, B. (2013). Self-estimates of multiple intelligences: Students’ estimations of their own and their parents’ intelligences. M. Soc Science (Clinical Psychology).
  • Msomi, R. (2014). An exploration of the career narratives of black mothers: A post-modern analysis MA: (Counselling Psychology)
  • Zhuwau, T. (2012) Social and cultural factors influencing the spread of HIV in Zimbabwe: A social-constructionist perspective. Doctor of Philosophy: Psychology.

Teaching Interests

  • Career Development: Narrative & Hermeneutic Perspectives
  • Culture, Self, & Moral Reasoning
  • African (Indigenous) Psychology
  • Ethics /Indigenous Ethics
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Counselling Psychology & Health Psychology

Teaching Interests

  • Career Development: Narrative & Hermeneutic Perspectives
  • Culture, Self, & Moral Reasoning
  • African (Indigenous) Psychology
  • Ethics /Indigenous Ethics
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Counselling Psychology & Health Psychology