Phindile L. Mayaba

Phindile L. Mayaba






Contact Number



Pietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address

Office no. 36A Golf Road

Last Updated

9 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Psychology) (UKZN)
  • Master of Social Science (Educational Psychology) (UKZN)
  • Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) (UKZN)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology; Human Resource Management) (UKZN)

Category of Registration with the HPCSA

  • Educational Psychologist

Research Interests

  • Intelligence testing of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children
  • Constructions of intelligence
  • Test translation and cultural translation
  • Linguistic acculturation
  • Code-switching and bilingualism
  • Second language learning
  • Constructions of selfhood
  • Bakhtinian dialogism

Teaching Interests


  • Coordinator of PSYC 204 Educational Applications of Psychology
  • Contributor to:
    • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 222 Developmental Psychology



  • Honours Programme Coordinator
  • Coordinator of PSYC 704 Psychological Assessment
  • Contributor to PSYC 735 Conceptual Foundations


  • Coordinator of PSYC809 Assessment in Psychological Practice
  • Contributor to:
    • PSYC 808 Personality and Abnormal Behaviour
    • PSYC 814 Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSYC 807 Theory & Practice of Clinical Psychology
    • PSYC 818 Theory & Practice of Counselling Psychology
    • PSYC 819 Theory & Practice of Educational Psychology
    • PSYC 822 Quantitative Research Methods

Publications/Selected Publications

  • Books:
  • Journal Articles:
  • Chapters in Books

Community Involvement

  • Coordinator of Module 1: Personal and Professional Development, for the REPSSI/UKZN Certificate in Community-Based Work with Children and Youth.
Teaching Expertise
  • Education theory: Constructivism and Social Constructivism
  • Social constructionism
  • Child development
  • Child psychopathology
  • Psychological assessment
  • Professional psychological practice
Student Supervision (Honours, Masters, PhD…)
  • Ongoing supervision of research projects at Honours, Masters and PhD levels

Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants

  • Andrew W. Mellon Early Career Scholars Fellowship: 2020 – 2024
  • National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences – South African Humanities Deans’ Association (NIHSS-SAHUDA): 2014-2016
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal Research PhD Grant: 2012
  • National Research Fund (NRF): 2004-2005