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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Justin August, lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University has been elected as the Chairperson of the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

This comes after he was appointed by the Minister of Health to serve as a member of the Professional Board for Psychology (2020-2025). As chairperson of the Board for Psychology, Dr August will also serve on the HPCSA’s Council.

Dr August was instrumental in leading the Psychometrics Committee of the Board for Psychology in redefining the way Psychological tests are classified, as well as developing guidelines for the teaching of Psychometrics in South Africa.

He is consulted widely by professionals, stakeholders and university departments, guiding them on programme-specific content as well as on the teaching of psychometrics. His research focuses on the application of psychological assessment and its practice in South Africa. He also has a keen interest in practitioner cultural competence in working  with clients from diverse contexts.

“I am looking forward to leading the profession of Psychology for the next five years and building on the work of my predecessors. As the youngest chairperson in the history of the Professional Board for Psychology, I am determined to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the transformation of the profession. Guiding the profession and protecting the public will be at the heart of everything I do.”

Contact information
Dr Justin August
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 041 504 4061