About Me

I am a Clinical Psychologist based in Kensington (eastern area of Johannesburg, near Eastgate, Befordview).

I received my PhD degree  from The University of the Witwatersrand. I obtained my Clinical Psychology  Masters degree from The North West University and my Research Psychology Masters degree from The University of the Witwatersrand. 

Additional qualifications that I hold are a BSc with Honours.

I have worked at an NGO as well as an academic at the University of the Witwatersrand.

I did my clinical psychology internship at Sterkfontein Hospital where I did rotations in the forensic unit as well as the male and female units. I worked with chronic and acute cases. I also did psychotherapy in the West Rand community clinics.  Thereafter I worked at a general hospital where I worked with a vast variety of clients with different difficulties/challenges. I have obtained a lot of experience in various factors of psychometric/psychological assessment.

I am fluent in English, Portuguese and Afrikaans. 

On this page you will find a selection of my publications, conference presentations and professional body membership

Membership of professional bodies

Chair of the executive of the PsySSA
Division of Research and  Methodology (2008 – 2010)


Member of the executive of the PsySSA
Division of Research and  Methodology (2004 – 2006)

Books

Silva,  A. S. F.  (2012). Document Analysis. In  C. Wagner, B. B. Kawulich & M. Garner (Eds), Doing
social research
 (pp.140-149). London:  McGraw-Hill.

Silva,  A. S. F. (2011).  Open learning, educational development  and empowerment: The case of the Open Learning Systems Education Trust  (OLSET). Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Silva,  A. S. F. (2011).  Personality of adolescents predisposed  to developing eating disorders. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic  Publishing. 

Book Reviews

Silva,  A. S. F.  (2005). Book  Review: The Psychologist’s Companion: Scientific Writing for students and researchers (4th Edition). South African Journal of Psychology35 (3), 598-599.

Reviewer of a chapter of the textbook manuscript; Duncan,  D., Bowman, B., Naidoo, A., Pillay, J. & Roos (Eds.). (2007). Analysis, context and action: An introduction to community psychology. Wetton: UCT Press/Juta.

Editor

Potter, C. S.&  Silva, A. S. F. (Editors). (2002). Teachers in Action: Case studies of Radio learning in South African Primary Schools. Johannesburg: OLSET. 

Editor (with Charles Potter) of a book, in resource file format, containing some thirty evaluation reports on the nine year ethnographic multi-method evaluation of “English in Action”. Johannesburg:  OLSET.

Articles

Articles  in DE/ISI/ISIN Accredited  Journals
Silva,  A. S. F.  & Laher, S. (2011). Religious orientation and personality styles in psychology students. Ife Psychologia, 19 (2). 

Kiguwa, P. & Silva, A. (2007). Teaching and learning: Addressing the gap through learning styles. South African Journal of Psychology37 (2), 354-360.

Silva,  A. S. F.  (2007). The relationship between personality traits and eating pathology in adolescent girlsArchives of Women’s Mental Health, 10, 285-292. 

Articles in Peer Reviewed  Journals
Laher, S. & Silva, A. S. F. (June, 2002). Evaluation report: Muslim Aids Programme. Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa, 9 (3), 70-78.

Silva,  A. S. F.  (2001). The Effectiveness of Communicating Using the Global Village to Conduct  Qualitative Evaluations of a Radio Learning Programme. Journal of Educational Evaluation, 10, 37-47

Presentations

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

September 2006, PsySSA Annual Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. Using Programme Evaluation

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

September 2009, Children and the Law Conference, Prato, Italy.
Paper presented with S. Errington and E. Errington: Less talk, more action: The efficacy of alternative therapies in the rehabilitation of youth sex offenders

August  2009, SVRI Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Poster presented with S. Errington and E. Errington: Less talk, more action: The efficacy of alternative therapies in the rehabilitation of youth sex offenders

August 2008, PsySSA Annual Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paper presented with L. Letsela: Socio-cultural controversies: Masculine man vs. thin women disordered eating patterns

PRESENTATIONS DONE AT PSYSSA

September 2006, PsySSA Annual Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paper presented: Personality traits and body dissatisfaction of males with a tendency towards developing eating disorders

September 2004, PsySSA Annual Conference, Durban, South  Africa.
Paper presented with P. Sithole: The effects of Anti-retroviral therapy and locus of control on the level of depression of women living with HIV/AIDS

September 2004, PsySSA Annual Conference, Durban, South  Africa. Paper presented with S. Maistry: Personality and body perceptions of students with a predisposition to developing binge eating.

September 2003, PsySSA Annual Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Paper presented: Personality traits, self-esteem and body-image-disturbances of high-school girls in Johannesburg with a propensity to developing eating disorders.

Reviews

Reviewer of the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends InPACT 2012 – 2021

Journal article reviewer for Archivers of Women’s Mental Health