Prof Sumeshni Govender

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Prof Sumeshni Govender has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy  in Community Psychology. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Educational Psychologist and is a senior-lecturer and the acting Director of the Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

 She has been with the Department for 13 years and her areas of specialization is childhood and adolescent behavior, inclusive and special needs education, HIV/AIDS and global coherence. Dr. Govender publishes l articles, presents papers at conferences and also supervises masters and doctoral research studies.


Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Intensive Professional Certificate in HIV – University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy  in Community Psychology – University of Zululand

Masters Degree in Educational Psychology.- University of Zululand 

Honours (Psychology) – University Of Durban-Westville (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Higher Diploma In Education – University Of Durban-Westville (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Bachelor Of Arts – University of Zululand 

Research interests: 

Childhood and Adolescent Behaviour

Inclusive and Special Needs Education


Global Coherence.

Professional membership:

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Psychological Society of South Afica (PsySSA)

Educational Psychology Association of South Africa – EPASSA

Autism South Africa – AUTISMSA

Research Databases / Publications:

Jacobs, M.K. & Govender, S. Evaluation of the implementation of Education White Paper 6 in selected Full-Service Schools in KwaZulu-Natal. E-Bangi, 17(3), 86-103.

Horn, J. & Govender, S. Evaluating a grief programme offered in primary schools: An Appreciative Inquiry. (2019). South African Journal of Childhood Education. 9(1), a726.

Hlongwane, M.M, Govender, S., Makhubu S.S., Makhonza LO, Kent, D., Ochiogu S.N.  Gumede, G. V., Nzima, D.R., & Edwards, S.D. (2018). African Centered Investigation Into Ways In Which Ubuntu Can Promote Social Coherence. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. (17)1, 53-66.

Edwards, S.D., Govender, S., Nzima, D.R. & Hlongwane, M.M.  (2016). Investigation into Contemplating the Self in a Spiritual and Transpersonal Psychological Context. THEOLOGIA VIATORUM: Journal of Theology and Religion in Africa, 40 (2), 102-127.

Motala, R., Govender, S., & Nzima, D.R. (2015). Attitudes of Department of Education District Officials Towards Inclusive Education in South African Primary Schools. African Education Review, 12(4), Retrieve from:

Edwards, S., Nzima, D.R., Govender, S., Hlongwane, M.M., Kent, D., Hermann, C., Mathe, V., & Edwards, D. (2014). Phenomenological and Neurophysiologic Investigation into Contemplating uMoya (Spirit) and its Psychological Applications. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24(3), 272-277, Retrieve from:

Edwards, S.D., Govender, S., Nzima, D. R., Hlongwane, M. M., Thwala, J. D., Singh, A., & Mbele, P. B. (2013). Contemplating the Self: A Brief Phenomenological Participatory Action Study. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 23(4), 639-641, Retrieve from:

Edwards, S., Cramer, D., Kelaiditis, D., Edwards, D., Naidoo, N., Davidson, D., Thwala, J., Mbele, B., Siyaya, V., Singh, A., Tshabalala, P., Govender S., & Nzima, D.R. (2011). Neurophysiological, Phenomenological, Cultural, Social and Spiritual Correlates of Empathy Experiences: Integral Psychological and Person Centered Perspectives. Inkhanyiso. Journal of Human and Social Science, 3(2), 91-100.

Govender, S. (2011). An Investigation into the Extent and Nature of Bullying at a Selection of Private Schools in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Journal of Educational Studies, 10(2), 121-135.

Govender, S., & Nqadala, S. N. (2009). An Investigation into Barriers to Learning Experienced by Students at a Selected South African University. Journal Of Education And Career Development, 2(1), 38-47.

Govender, S., & Edwards, S. (2008). Appreciative Inquiry Into The Lifeskills-Based HIV/AIDS Programme In South African Schools. African Journal Of AIDS Research, 8(1), 115-122.

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