National Committee

Petrus de Vries | President


MBChB, FRCPsych, PhD
Prof Petrus de Vries is the Sue Struengmann Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He has a clinical and research interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Apart from being the President of SA-ACAPAP (2019-2021), he is currently also Treasurer of IACAPAP (International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions), Secretary of INSAR (International Society for Autism Research) and Chair of the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).

Linda Theron | President Elect


Linda Theron is an educational psychologist by training. She is a full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and an extraordinary professor in Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa. She has a clinical and research interest in child and adolescent resilience. She is also an associate journal editor of Child Abuse & Neglect (Elsevier) and of School Psychology International (Sage). 

Wendy Duncan | Immediate Past President


Dr Wendy Duncan is immediate past-President of SA-ACAPAP. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in Johannesburg. She has been actively involved in SA-ACAPAP and SASOP for several years. Dr Duncan has a special interest in early life trauma, childhood- onset anxiety and affect regulation difficulties in children and adolescents

Ray Anne Cook | Treasurer

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Ray Anne Cook (M.OT US) – Occupational Therapist been practicing in paediatrics since 1985. Been serving on the South African Institute for sensory integration since 1995 and am currently head of Education. Director of Sensorykidzone a private practice. 

Eugene Davids | General Secretary   


Eugene Lee Davids is Co-Director of the Adolescent Health Research Unit in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town, and Senior Scientist at Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council. Eugene holds a Bachelor of Psychology, masters and doctoral degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of the Western Cape. He also hold a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Cape Town. Eugene has a keen interest in understanding the social determinants of adolescent health decision-making. Eugene has been actively involved in developing and coordinating the Emerging Researcher Programme of the South African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SA-ACAPAP) since 2017. Some of his accolades includes being a member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in the Health category, a Mandela Rhodes Fellow and a Donald J Cohen Scholar in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

John-Joe Dawson-Squibb


John-Joe is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry based at the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town. In a joint appointment he is also employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Carla Groenewald


I am representing the North-West Province, where I work as Specialist Psychiatrist in private practice at Sunningdale Hospital in Klerksdorp. I qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the United Kingdom, and hold a Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. I am also part of the Care2kids Team at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus, where we offer assessments for suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder and complex presentations. My passion is to use international experience and evidence-based knowledge to improve the mental health of children and adolescents in a mostly rural province. 

Petra Jerling


Registered Music Therapist 
M. Mus. (Music Therapy) UP
M.A. (Positive Psychology) NWU
Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (USA)
MARI practitioner
Petra is a Music Therapist working as private practitioner in Nelspruit. Her clients range from babies to retired, elderly people. She has worked with CP, ADHD, Autism, Stroke survivors, PTSD, depression, physical and mental disabilities, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, grief, HIV, Guillain-Barré syndrome and recently mostly substance use disorder.

Jasmin Kooverjee

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Jasmin Kooverjee (MA Clin Psychology- UKZN; HR Diploma-WITS; CBT Trained - Albert Ellis Institute NY)

Jasmin qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 and she is currently the HOD of the Psychology Unit (Department of Psychiatry) at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg where she oversees both Child and Adult services. She is also a joint appointee of the Wits Psychiatry Department. Jasmin is  a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who completed the primary and advanced training from the Albert Ellis Institute. She further has a private practice which specializes in Child & Adolescent as well as adult issues inclusive of Parental guidance  

Mmatlala Mabeba

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Stella Mokitimi


Stella Mokitimi is an advanced psychiatric nurse specialist.
Stella work at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and has enrolled at UCT for PhD.

Simphiwe Simelane


Simphiwe Simelane is a PhD student at the Centre for Autism Research in Africa at the University of Cape Town. She joined the Department of Psychiatry as a researcher in 2021 and her project focuses on strengthening child and adolescent mental health services and systems (CAMHSS). She qualified as a medical doctor in 2016 and her experience as a junior doctor is what drove her passion for strengthening CAMHSS in South Africa.

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