Puleng Segalo Profile:
Professor Puleng Segalo is a lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of South Africa. She completed her PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is a member of her departmental executive committee and the College of humanities marketing committee. Her research focuses on notions of suffering and trauma and draws heavily from critical feminist theories. She teaches community and social psychology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She also offers training and facilitates workshops on bereavement counselling, train the trainer, and HIV and Aids Counselling at the centre for applied psychology. She has established herself in the field and as a result has been invited as a speaker at a number of national and international conferences. In 2007 she was one of the ten psychologists from around the world invited to attend a round table discussion in Luxembourg to discuss the future of the psychology discipline. She has published widely in local and internationally acclaimed journals. Her immense interest and concern for the role that psychology can play regarding issues of social justice led to her being appointed as a Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues representative at the United Nations in New York. Segalo’s passion for the academia started when she became a tutor in Anthropology when she was a second year student at the University of Pretoria. Upon the completion of her honours degree in 1999 she was appointed as a junior lecturer in the Anthropology department. In July 2000, she accepted a junior lectureship position in the psychology department at the University of South Africa. She went on to pursue and completed her Masters in psychology in 2004 at the University of South Africa.
In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright fellowship which enabled her to pursue her PhD studies in the United States. Pursuing a PhD enabled her to learn and gain more knowledge through conducting independent research. It also provided her with the skills of conducting original research, which she intends using towards the generation of new knowledge that can be passed on to others through teaching and publications. Insights derived from her research work challenges the taken for granted notions of gender equality and ways in which issues such as violence against women are dealt with. Her work calls for a rethinking in our theorizing and practical application of the research that we do. Her passion for change and social justice does not only end in the classroom as she is actively involved in community projects, such as the women’s collective in Etwatwa in Gauteng. She also spends time visiting various high schools providing life skills programmes and career choice talks.