CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY MASTERS DEGREE RECEIVED SUMMA CUM LAUDE

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY MASTERS DEGREE RECEIVED <em>SUMMA CUM LAUDE</em>

Ms Laura Skead was proud to graduate with her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology summa cum laude on April 19. She shared this special day with her mother and step parents.

Skead studied for her Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Cape Town, but chose to advance to honours and masters through UKZN. She said that she did research on the professors who she would be lectured by and exposed to, and decided to choose UKZN over other well recognised institutions in South Africa.  

She is fascinated by the human mind, personalities and behaviour, and wants to focus on Neuropsychology as it specialises in the structure and function of the human mind and how it influences the behaviour and psychological processes of people.

For her Masters research, Ms Skead focused on the demographics of Homicide Suicide in South Africa and worked closely with Professor Douglas Wassenaar, whom she greatly admired for his well recognised work within the field in African psychology.

Through UKZN she has worked at psychiatric institutions like Towns Hill and Fort Napier. She also had the opportunity to work with patients in Greys Hospital and the Sunshine Children’s home in Pietermaritzburg as part of UKZNs community engagement programmes.

 Ms Skead is currently doing a one year internship through the Gauteng Department of Health, where she works at clinics around Soweto.    


author email : mavaneni@ukzn.ac.za