Prof DR Nzima

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Prof D R Nzima is a registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He obtained his doctoral degree in Community Psychology in 2002 from the University of Zululand, and has served as Head of Department (HOD) of Educational Psychology and Special Education from 2005 – 2014. During his tenure in office, the M Ed (Specialization in Educational Psychology) as well as the Child Guidance Clinic obtained full accreditation from the HPCSA in two consecutive 5-year cycles (i.e. in 2007 and 2012). He has served as Deputy Dean: Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education from 2014 – 2019. Currently, he is a full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Faculty of Education


BA Honours (Psychology) (UNIZULU); B Ed Honours (Orthoped) (UNISA); MA (Clinical Psychology), PhD (Community Psychology) (UNIZULU); PGDIP (UKZN)

Research interests: 

His area of interest is on Child Psychology, Research Methodology, HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy, Inclusive Education, school violence, bullying and cyberbullying, drug and substance abuse at schools and how all these factors affect learners in particular and the South African society in general.

To date Prof Nzima has supervised to completion more than 60 and 20 masters and doctoral candidates, respectively. He has published (and contributed chapters in books) together with other colleagues in SAPSE journals, and has presented papers in local and international conferences.

Professional membership:

Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist

A member of the Psychological Society of South Africa which is affiliated to the HPCSA.

A member of Southern African Society of Educators (SASE).

Research Databases / Publications:

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 – 642.

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2014). Phenomenological and neurophysiological investigation into contemplating Umoya (spirit) and its psychological approach, Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24(3), 1 – 6.

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2015). An experiential investigation into the phenomenon of respect in Zulu culture, Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 14(1), 87 – 102.

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2015). Attitudes of department of education officials towards inclusive education in South African Primary Schools, African Education Review, 12(4), 515 – 532.

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2016). Investigation into contemplating the self in a spiritual and transpersonal psychological context. Theologia Viatorum, 40(2), 49 – 64.

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2017). African centered investigation into ways in which ‘ubuntu’ can promote social coherence, Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, (In press)

Nzima, D.R. et al. (2017). Meaning and experience of death among a selected group of learners in a primary school, Africa Education Review, (In press)

Mkhasibe RG, Maphalala MC & Nzima, DR. (2018) Perceptions of Subject Mentors of Pre-Service Teachers’ Readiness to Teach Economics and Management Sciences in the Development of South Africa, Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA), Vol 7 (2):241-259).

Olaniran, S.O., Maphalala, M.C., & Nzima, D.R. (2019). Disabilities Among Youths in Open and Distance Learning: Context, Concerns and Propositions, Youth Voice Journal, Vol 9. ISSN (online): 2969


Nzima, D.R., (2005). Standards for judging the quality of a qualititative study. Journal of Psychology, 22 (1), 39-49.

Nzima, D.R., (2005). Qualitative and quantitative research approaches: Their implications on the theory and practice of community psychology. Journal of Psychology, 22 (1), 79-85.

Nzima, D.R., (2006). Crisis intervention through grief counseling. Journal of Psychology, 24 (1), 61-71.

Nkwanyana, B.P., Nzima, D.R. & Sabela, P.T. (2007). The significance of voter education to local government elections. Journal of Commerce, Administration and Law. 1 (1), 59-66.

Mpanza, N.D., & Nzima, D.R. (2009). Attitudes of educators towards teenage pregnancy. Isiphethu Solwazi: UNIZULU International Journal of Education, 1 (2), 73-88.

Edwards, S.D., Cramer, D., Kelaiditis, D., D.R., Edwards, D., & Naidoo, N. (2011). Neurophysiologic, phenomenological, cultural, social and spiritual correlates of empathy experiences: integral psychological and person-centred perspectives. Inkanyiso- Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3 (2), 91-100.

Nzima, D.R. et al., (2017). Assessing the utilization level of e-learning resources among ODL pre-service teacher trainees, The Electronic Journal of e-learning, 15 (5), 385 – 395.

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