Ms Samukelisiwe (Sam) Mthembu


Part Time Lecturer in Psychology

BPsych(Hons) (Midrand Graduate Institute NKA Pearson’s Institute of Higher Education); MA, Clinical Psychology (University of Johannesburg)

011 818 5340


Apart from lecturing at St Augustine, Ms Mthembu is in practice as a clinical psychologist; trained in various therapeutic modalities and frequently conducting psycho-assessments.

She completed practical’s as a student counsellor in the South Durban Basin area, in KwaZulu Natal. Thereafter, she undertook work as a student psychologist at the Helen Joseph Hospital (Johannesburg) whilst completing her masters in clinical psychology. Ms Mthembu further gained experience in her discipline interning as a clinical psychologist at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, and later serving as a community service clinical psychologist at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Ms Mthembu’s academic areas of interest include: the self, identity, and psychopathology—rooted within post-modern thought. Her Master’s thesis focused on the beautification practices of Black Women, investigating South African newspapers for dominant discourses.


Other Scholarly Contributions: 

Presentations at Seminars and Workshops 

  • MOTHERING, COMMUNITY & CARE: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON GENDER STUDIES IN THE HUMANITIES (University of Johannesburg): 2016, October (Presented on Black Women’s Beautification Practices).
  • ANNUAL 2 - OR 3 - MINUTE DISSERTATION COMPETITION (University of Johannesburg): 2016, May and October (Presented on Black Women’s Beautification Practices).
  • SOUTH AFRICAN CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION(SACNA) (Monthly Meeting): 2016, September (Presented on Guillain Barre Syndrome: The Therapeutic Relationship - creating awareness of the intricacies in conducting therapy with patients).