Staff

Prof Theresa Lorenzo

Prof Theresa Lorenzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position
Head of Division, Programme Convenor for Disability Studies Doctoral Programme, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Qualifications

  • PG Diploma Higher Education Studies (UCT) (2014)
  • PhD in Public Health, UCT (2005) Thesis title: We don't see ourselves as different: A web of possibilities for disabled women for social and economic inclusion.
  • MSc in Community Disability Studies. University of London (1993) Thesis title: Evaluation of Community Based Rehabilitation programmes in South Africa.
  • Higher Diploma for Educators of Adults, Univers ity of Witwatersrand (1993).
  • BSc (Occupational Therapy), University of Witwatersrand (1985).

Expertise and teaching focus

Community based rehabilitation; Youth, women and disability inclusive development; Monitoring disability inclusion and social change;

Research focus areas (with specific interest in participatory action research and mixed methods).

  • Disability and inclusive development in rural impoverished communities
  • Disabled youth enabling sustainable livelihoods (DYESL)
  • Disability inclusion in Higher Education
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of community based inclusive development programmes in African countries.

Contact

Tel: +27 21 406 6326
Reception: +27 21 406 6401
EmailProf Theresa Lorenzo

 

Publications (last 10 years)

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Howell, C., Sompeta, S. and Lorenzo, T. ( 2019) Reimagining personal and collective experiences of disability in Africa. Disability and Global South.Disability and the Global South, 2019 Vol.6, No. 2, 1719-1735 ISSN 2050-7364 www.dgsjournal.org
  • Lorenzo, T., McKinney, V., Bam, A., Sinegu, V. And Sompeta, S. (2018) Mapping the participation of disabled youth in sport and free time activities to facilitate youth development. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. December online
  • Starkes, S., Landman, S., and Lorenzo, T. (2016) Shaped by place: Environmental influences on the participation of young cyclists from disadvantaged communities in professional cycling. SAJOT
  • Ohajunwa, C., McKenzie, J.,  Lorenzo, T. (2015) Enabling a disability-inclusive curriculum: A case study  African Journal on Disability
  • Buchanan, H., Law, M., and Lorenzo, T. (2015) Fostering Evidence-based Practice in Community-Based Rehabilitation: Strategies for Implementation SAJOT
  • Ned, L. and Lorenzo T. (2015) Enhancing public sectors’ capacity for inclusive economic participation of disabled youth in rural communities AJOD
  • Lorenzo, T., van Pletzen, E., and Booyens, M. (2015) Determining the competences of community based workers for disability-inclusive development in rural areas of South Africa, Botswana and Malawi International Journal for Rural and Remote Health, 15: 2919. (Online) 2015. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au
  • Booyens, M., Van Pletzen, E., and Lorenzo, T. (2015) The complexity of rural contexts experienced by community disability workers in three southern African countries African Journal of Disability 4(1), Art. #167,9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ ajod.v4i1.167
  • Lorenzo, T. and Motau, J. 2014 A transect walk to establish the opportunities and challenges for youth with disabilities in Winterveldt, South Africa. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development Journal, v. 25, n. 3, p. 45-63, Dec. 2014. ISSN 2211-5242. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v25i3.232.
  • Lorenzo, T., Motau, J., van der Merwe, T., Janse van Rensburg, EJ. and Cramm, JM. 2014 Community rehabilitation workers as catalysts for disability-inclusive youth development through service learning Development in Practice, 20 Dec 2014 online Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2015, pages 19-28
  • Van Pletzen, E., Booyens, M. and Lorenzo, T. 2014 Community Disability Workers’ potential to alleviate poverty and promote social inclusion of people with disabilities in three Southern African countries Disability and Society DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.958131
  • Rule, S., Kahonde, C. and Lorenzo, T. 2015 When I grow up I would like to be...’ Factors affecting career choice of community disability workers in southern Africa International Journal on Intellectual Disability and Education (accepted, August) DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2015.1035699 Published online: 14 May
  • Cramm, JM.,  Lorenzo, T. and Nieboer, A. (2013) Comparing education, employment, social support and well-being among youth with disabilities and their peers in South Africa Applied Research in Quality of Life DOI 10.1007/s11482-013-9247-5 (impact factor 2.412)
  • Cramm, JM., Nieboer, AP., Finkenflügel, H. and Lorenzo,  T.  2012 Disabled youth in South Africa:  Barriers to education. International Journal on Disability and  Human Development 12, 1, p31-35.
  • Lorenzo, T. , and Cramm, JM (2012) Access to livelihood assets among youth with and without disabilities in South Africa: Implications for health professional education South African Medical Journal June Vol 102,6, 578-581
  • Cramm, JM., Nieboer, AP., Finkenflügel, H. and Lorenzo, T. (2012) Comparison of barriers to employment among youth with and without disabilities in South Africa. WORK: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation
  • Lorenzo, T. and Joubert, R. (2011) Reciprocal capacity building for collaborative disability research between disabled people’s organizations, communities and higher education institutions. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 18, 4 p254-264
  • Lorenzo, T. (Guest editor) (2010) The right to rehabilitation: from policy development to implementation SAJOT Special edition. March vol 40 no 1 p1.
  • Engelbracht, M and Lorenzo, T. (2010) Exploring the tensions of sustaining economic empowerment of persons with disabilities through open labour market employment in the Cape Metropole. SAJOT Special issue. March vol 40 no 1 p8-11.

 

Books

  • Lorenzo T. and Janse van Rensberg, V (eds) (2016) Monitoring Disability and Social Change. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series  5. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town
  • Ohajunwa, C. and McKenzie J. (eds) (2013) Including students with intellectual disability in higher education: Implications for curriculum.  In T. Lorenzo (series editor) Beyond if to how: disability inclusion in higher education – a case study of University of Cape Town. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 4. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town
  • Lorenzo, T., Ned-Matiwane, L., Cois, A. and Nwanze, I. (2013) Youth, disability and rural area: facing the challenges of change Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 3. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town
  • Lorenzo, T. (ed) (2012) Marrying community development and rehabilitation: reality or aspiration for disabled people. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 2. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town
  • Lorenzo, T. (ed) 2011 Disability Catalyst Africa: Intentions, pillars and players. Disability Catalyst Series 1. Disability Innovations Africa, Cape Town..
  • Lorenzo, T., Duncan, M., Buchanan, H. and Alsop, A. (editors) (2006) Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: Enhancing potential in context. 288 pages. London: John Wiley Publishers. ISBN 0-470-01969-7.
  • Watermeyer, B., Swartz, L., Lorenzo, T. , Schneider, M. and Priestley, M. (editors) 2006 Disability and social change: A South African agenda Cape Town: HSRC. 432 pages. ISBN 0-7969-2137-9 - (See table of contents of both books for specific chapters).
  • Lorenzo, T., Saunders, C., January, M. and Mdlokolo, P. (eds) (2002) On the road of hope: Stories told by disabled women in Khayelitsha. Cape Town: Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town.

 

Chapters in books

  • Lorenzo, T. and Coleridge, P. (2019) Making inclusive development a reality: a shared, collective vision. In B. Watermeyer, J. McKenzie and L.Swartz (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Disability and Citizenship in the Global South . Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lorenzo, T and Kathard, H. (2018) Disabled women and violence in South Africa. In Sonali Shah and Caroline Bradbury-Jones (eds): Global Perspectives on Disability, Violence and Protection over the Life-course: An edited collection. Routledge: UK.
  • McConkey, R., Brand, D. and Lorenzo, T. (2018) Promoting better health for persons with intellectual disabilities through community-based inclusive development. In R. McConkey (ed) Implementing inclusive population health for youth: experiences from low- and middle- income countries. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 6. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town. Chapter 2, 19-32
  •  Lorenzo, T. (2018) Creating inclusive health systems for effective and sustainable social change.  In R. McConkey (ed) Implementing inclusive population health for youth: experiences from low- and middle- income countries. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 6. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town. Chapter 5: 56
  • Brand, D.,  McConkey, R. and Lorenzo, T. (2018) Looking to the future: Designing for inclusive health promotion and well-being In R. McConkey (ed) Implementing inclusive population health for youth: experiences from low- and middle- income countries. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 6. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town. Chapter 6: p66
  • Brand, D., Fischer Mogensen, K., Lorenzo, T. and McConkey R. (2018) Evaluating interventions. In R. McConkey (ed) Implementing inclusive population health for youth: experiences from low- and middle- income countries. Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 6. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town. Appendix p77
  • Janse van Rensburg, V. and Lorenzo, T. (2016) Postgraduate students’ action learning journals: What do they tell us about teaching and learning? In Monitoring disability inclusion and social change by T. Lorenzo and V. Janse van Rensburg (eds) Disability Catalyst Africa: Series 5. Disability Innovations Africa: Cape Town Chapter 10. p105-117
  • Lorenzo, T. (2016) Political reasoning for disability inclusion: making policies practical. In Marilyn B. Cole and Jennifer Creek (Eds) Global Perspectives of Professional Reasoning Chapter 6
  • Lorenzo, T. (2016) Collaborative reasoning: teaching and learning to facilitate disability inclusion in policy and practice. In Marilyn B. Cole and Jennifer Creek (Eds) Global Perspectives of Professional Reasoning Chapter 7
  • Sait, W., Lorenzo, T. Steyn, M. and van Zyl, M. (2011) Sexuality, gender and disability in South Africa. In African Sexualities: a reader edited by Sylvia Tamale. Fahamu Books Ltd chapter 54 ISBN 0-85749-016-8
  • Lorenzo, T. (2010) Listening spaces: connecting diverse voices for social action and change. In New approaches for qualitative research: wisdom and uncertainty (edited by Maggi Savin-Baden and Claire Howell Major) Routledge Taylor and Francis group London and New York p 131-144
  • Sait, W., Lorenzo, T. Steyn, M. and van Zyl, M. (2009) Nurturing the sexuality of disabled girls: The challenges of parenting for mothers. In the prize and the price: shaping sexuality in South Africa Vol II. (Edited by M. Steyn and M. van Zyl) Cape Town: HSRC Press p192-219
  • Lorenzo, T (2008) Mobilising action of disabled women in developing contexts to tackle poverty and development. In Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy. (edited by E. Crepeau, Cohn, E.S.,& Boyt Schell, B.A.) Lippincott, USA Chapter 16; ISBN10: 0-7817-6004-6; ISBN13: 978-0-7817-6004-6.
  • Duncan, M., Buchanan, H. and Lorenzo, T. 2005 Politics in Occupational Therapy Education: A South African Perspective. In Spirit of Survivors: occupational therapists without borders (edited by S.S. Algado, F. Kronenberg and N. Pollard) Elsevier: UK p390-401 ISBN 0-443-07440-2.
  • Lorenzo, T. (2004) Equalising opportunities for occupational engagement: disabled women's stories. In Transformation through occupation (edited by R. Watson and L. Swartz) London and Philadelphia: Whurr Publishers. 85-102. ISBN 1 86 156 425 2.
  • Lorenzo, T. and Cloete, L. (2004) Promoting occupations in rural communities. In Transformation through occupation (edited by R. Watson and L. Swartz) London and Philadelphia: Whurr Publishers. 268-286. ISBN 1 86 156 425 2.
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