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Dr Brian Watermeyer

Position:

Senior Research Officer

M.Phil. (Disability Studies) Programme Convenor, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Qualifications

M.A. in Clinical Psychology (UCT)

D. Phil in Psychology (Stellenbosch University)

Expertise and teaching area

Dr Brian Watermeyer trained as a clinical psychologist (M.A. {Clin. Psych.}) at UCT,  before completing a doctorate in psychology (D. Phil), focusing on disability studies, at Stellenbosch University.  He was first editor of South Africa’s first major text in disability studies, entitled Disability and Social Change: A South African Agenda, published in 2006 (HSRC Press).  His second book, Towards a Contextual Psychology of Disablism, was published internationally by Routledge in 2013.  A third book, an edited volume on disability and citizenship in the global South, is set for publication by Palgrave in 2017.  Dr Watermeyer has an extensive list of international journal publications, book chapters, and media appearances as a disability scholar and activist.  He teaches on postgraduate programmes in disability and clinical psychology, as well as guest lecturing in medicine and rehabilitation science. 

Research interests

  • Psychoanalytic perspectives on disability inequality
  • Psychological experience of disability discrimination and impairment
  • Disability and identity formation
  • Disability and mental health
  • Disability and health practitioner training
  •  Sight impairment, assistive technology and accessibility
  • Disability, parenting and families

Membership of journal editorial boards

  • Disability & Society
  • African Journal of Disability
  • Scandinavian Journal of Disability research
  • Disability in the Global South

Publications

Watermeyer, B. & Kathard, H. (2016). To be or not to be: Stuttering and the human costs of being “un-disabled”. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 11-19. Doi: 10.3109/17549507.2015.1060528

Watermeyer, B., & Swartz, L. (2016). Disablism, Identity and Self: Discrimination as a traumatic assault on subjectivity. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, Doi: 10.1002/casp.2266.

Watermeyer, B. & Mall, S.  (in press).  Psychological aspects of disability oppression in the face of poverty.  In Soldatic, K. & Grech, S. (Eds.).  Disability in the Global South:  The critical handbook.  London:  Springer. 

Watermeyer, B.  (2014).  Freedom to read:  A personal account of the ‘book famine’.  African Journal of Disability 3 (1).  DOI: 10.4102/ajod.v3i1.144

Watermeyer, B. (2014).  Disability and loss:  The psychological commodification of identity.  Psychology Journal, 11 (2), 99-107.

Watermeyer, B. & McKenzie, J.  (2014).  Mothers of disabled children:  In mourning or on the march?  Journal of Social Work Practice , 1-12. doi: 10.1080/02650533.2014.889103.

Watermeyer, B. & Gorgens, T.  (2013).  Internalised oppression and disability.  In E.J.R. David (Ed.).  Internalized oppression:  The psychology of marginalized groups.  (pp. 253-280).  New York:  Springer. 

Watermeyer, B.  (2013).  Towards a contextual psychology of disablism.  London:  Routledge. 

Watermeyer, B.  (2012).  Disability and countertransference in group psychotherapy:  Connecting social oppression with the clinical frame.  International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 62 (3), 393-417. 

Watermeyer, B.  (2012).  Is it possible to create a politically engaged, contextual psychology of disability?  Disability & Society, 27 (2), 161-174..

Watermeyer, B. (2009). Claiming loss in disability. Disability and Society, 24(1), 91-102.

Watermeyer, B. & Swartz, L. (2008). Conceptualising the psycho-emotional aspects of disability and impairment: The distortion of personal and psychic boundaries. Disability and Society, 23(6), 599-610.

Swartz, L., & Watermeyer, B. (2008). Cyborg anxiety: Oscar Pistorius and the boundaries of what it means to be human. Disability and Society, 23(2), 187-190.

Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Schneider, M., Lorenzo, T. & Priestley, M. (Eds.). (2006). Disability and social change:  A South African agenda. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Watermeyer, B. (2006). Disability and psychoanalysis. In B. Watermeyer, L. Swartz, M.Schneider, T. Lorenzo, & M. Priestley (Eds.), Disability and social change: A South African agenda (pp. 31-43). Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Watermeyer, B., & Swartz, L. (2006). Introduction and overview. In B. Watermeyer, L. Swartz,M. Schneider, T. Lorenzo & M. Priestley (Eds.), Disability and social change: A South African agenda (pp.1-6). Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Mgwili, N. and Watermeyer, B. (2006).  Physically disabled women and reproductive health care:  Some psychoanalytic reflections on experiences of discrimination.  In Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Schneider, M., Lorenzo, T. and Priestley, M. (Eds.).  Disability and Social Change:  A South African agenda.  Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Chalklen, S., Swartz, L. and Watermeyer, B. (2006).  Establishing the Secretariat for the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities:  Challenges and opportunities. In Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Schneider, M., Lorenzo, T. and Priestley, M. (Eds.).  Disability and Social Change:  A South African agenda.  Pretoria: HSRC Press

Matsebula, S., Schneider, M. and Watermeyer, B. (2006).  Integrating disability within government:  The Office on the Status of Disabled Persons.  In Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Schneider, M., Lorenzo, T. and Priestley, M. (Eds.).  Disability and Social Change:  A South African agenda.  Pretoria: HSRC Press.   

McClain Nhlapo, C., Watermeyer, B. and Schneider, M. (2006). Disability and the securing of human rights:  The South African Human Rights Commission.  In Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Schneider, M., Lorenzo, T. and Priestley, M. (Eds.).  Disability and Social Change:  A South African agenda.  Cape Town: HSRC Press.

Winburg, C. & Watermeyer, B.  (2004).  Learning How to Teach Adults.  Cape Town:  Juta. 

Watermeyer, B. (2003).  D. Hook & G. Eagle (Eds.).  Psychopathology and social prejudice in a South African context.  [Review].  South African Journal of Psychology, 33 (1), 66-67.  

Watermeyer, B. (2002). Blindness, attachment and self: Psychoanalysis and ideology. Free Associations , 49, 335-352.

Watermeyer, B. (2002).  Disability and psychotherapy:  An ideologically charged relationship in community mental health service provision.  In L. Swartz, K. Gibson & T. Gelman  (Eds.).  Reflective Practice.  (pp. 85-98).  Pretoria:  HSRC Press.    Watermeyer, B.  (2000).  D. Marks. Disability:  Controversial debates and psychosocial perspectives. [Review]. Psychoanalytic Studies, 2 (3), 309-320.

 

Contact

Tel: +27 21 406 6463

Reception: +27 21 406 6401

Email: Dr Brian Watermeyer