Kerry Frizelle

Kerry Frizelle

Kerry Frizelle

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Education), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2021
  • A. SocSci (Counselling Psychology), University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2002
  • A (Psychology Hons) University of Natal, Durban, B.A.(Hons), 1998
  • D.E (English and School Guidance), University of Natal, Durban, 1997
  • A. (Psychology and English) University of South African (UNISA), 1996

Research Interests

  • Self-Study, critical autoethnography
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Intersectionality and education
  • Higher education and critical pedagogy
  • Critical inclusive education
  • Comprehensive sexual health education

Teaching Interests

  • Gender and sexuality
  • African Feminisms
  • Critical Educational Psychology
  • Subjectivity and identity
  • Critical pedagogy and social justice education

Selected Publications

Community Engagement

  • Let’s Talk about Sex: A service-learning module, offered to third year and honours students, which involved running interventions at local high schools, focusing on HIV/AIDS and Youth Sexuality.
  • Positive Periods: A service-learning module offered to students registered for the Masters in Health Promotion, which involved running an intervention that focused on developing positive menstrual health amongst learners at a local school.
  • Fast Forward: I participated in this community intervention, designed and facilitated by a colleague, which aimed at encouraging young people, from urban and rural areas, to imagine their futures in constructive ways.
  • Blue Roof: I have worked in partnership with a colleague to design and implement a positive youth sexuality programme at this NGO.
  • Pop Inn: I have offered pro bona counselling at a drop in clinic that provides sexual health services to men who have sex with men and transgender women. I am currently upskilling trainee psychologists to provide counselling services for transgender women at this clinic.
  • COVID interventions: I have, and continue to, offer pro bona counselling to nurses and doctors working at the frontline of the COVID pandemic. I have provided pro bona upskilling of lay counsellors, registered counsellors and psychologists offering support during the COVID pandemic.
  • Anti-racism interventions: I have been working with a team of practitioners to offer anti-racism interventions at a number of high schools.
  • Zoe Life: I worked with this organization to develop a set of HIV/AIDS disclosure guidelines for children.
  • Korumo Coaching for Transformation:  I have worked with this organsiation to provide training to improve the mental health of gender non-conforming individuals.

Teaching Expertise

  • An accomplished critical psychology educator in higher education, with over 20 years of experience.
  • The recipient of two teaching and learning awards. One being The UKZN Distinguished Teachers Award (2009).
  • Particular interest and experience in the area of critical psychology, education and pedagogy.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, and teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate modules: Undergraduate modules: Critical Community Psychology, Social Psychology. Postgraduate modules: Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Work and Identities, Counselling and Psychotherapy (social justice), Psychological Interventions, Youth Sexuality and Service Learning, HIV&AIDS and Service Learning, Critical Health Promotion, Research Methods, Human Development and Learning, Inclusive Education.
  • Coordinated a comprehensive tutorial programme for the first year psychology programme (designing tutorial material, assessments, and training and supervising a large team of tutors).
  • Extensive experience as an external examiner for a significant number of masters dissertations.

Student Supervision

I have successfully supervised a number of honours masters and research projects over my academic career. The following are students who have submitted between 2018-2021.