Visvaranie Jairam

Degrees Held

  • Master’s in educational psychology (cum laude), University of Durban-Westville, 2003
  • PhD., University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2011
  • Honours in Psychology, University of Durban-Westville,1996
  • Bachelor of Paedagogics, University of Durban-Westville, 1985

 

Research Interests

  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Learning Disorders
  • Psycho–educational assessments (intellectual, scholastic, socio-emotional, school readiness)
  • Behavioural Disorders (Attention deficit hyperactivity, conduct, oppositional defiant disorders)
  • Substance-related Disorders (Drugs, alcohol).

Teaching Interests

  • Psychological Interventions in Education
  • Psychological Assessments in Education
  • School Psycho-educational Support
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Perspectives on Human Nature
  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • Assessment and Educational Intervention
  • School Guidance
  • Education Studies
  • Life Orientation
  • Guidance and Counselling

Selected Publications

Community Involvement

  • Conduct pro bono psychological assessments on learners with learning difficulties.
  • Pro bono counselling to students.
  • Talks to schools on learning difficulties and psychosocial issues.
  • Enhancing well-being in schools and communities.
  • 11 October 2017. Hosted at UKZN the initial learning barriers workshop attended by teachers and UKZN student teachers from various schools in the Wentworth, Bluff and Merewent areas.
  • 30 January 2020. Served on the panel to review the HIV/AIDS unit at the Nelson Mandela University.
  • Psycho-educational assessments. Conduct pro bono psycho-educational assessments on learners with learning difficulties.
  • Workshops/Seminars/Conferences organised and conducted:
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • Substance Abuse
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Sexual Responsibility
    • Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Bereavement Counselling
    • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
    • Sexuality Education
    • Assertiveness Skills
    • Study Methods

Workshops/Seminars/Conferences

  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Abuse
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual Responsibility
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism
  • Prenatal Care to Female Prisoners at Westville Prison
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
  • Sexuality Education
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assertiveness Skills
  • Study Methods
  • Hosted the initial learning barriers workshop attended by teachers and UKZN student teachers from various schools in the Wentworth, Bluff and Merewent areas

Teaching Expertise

  • 20 years experience as a lecturer at tertiary level (undergraduate, honours and masters)
  • 21 years experience at school level (special needs education; and senior, intermediate and FET phases)
  • Co-ordinating the honours and masters qualification at discipline level.
  • Co-ordinating the discipline of educational psychology.

Student Supervision