UKZN Clinical Sociologist Awarded First NRF Rating
Professor Mariam Seedat-Khan, a clinical sociologist in the School of Social Sciences, has been awarded her first National Research Foundation (NRF) rating.
Seedat-Khan received a C2 rating which recognises her as an established researcher with a sustained scientific publication record in the discipline of Clinical and Applied Sociology.
Commended and accredited as a leader in the field by her peers worldwide, Seedat-Khan has a distinctive aptitude to recognise pervasive social problems and formulate scientifically rigorous clinical and applied models to mitigate risk.
She has produced scientific scholarship, positioning her as a leader in the sphere of Clinical and Applied Sociology.
Seedat-Khan is currently co-editing a book with Professor Johanna Zulueta of Toyo University in Japan titled: Women and COVID-19: A Clinical and Applied Sociological Focus on Family, Work and Community.
Seedat-Khan is an Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) board member and a certified and licensed clinical sociologist. She is also a member of the UKZN-Imbokodo initiative, the Women in Leadership organisation and the International Sociological Association ISA- RC46.
She serves as the clinical sociology working group convenor for the SA Sociological Association-SASA and is a member of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association-APSA, the Canadian Sociological Association-CSA, and the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.
She has been internationally commended for establishing a 12 000-member virtual platform with her clinical intervention, Simply Managing Academic Related Tasks-SMART, developed to treat learning disorders that intensified during COVID-19.
She developed a postgraduate applied and clinical sociology honours programme which is currently in its first offering at UKZN.
Her advice to emerging scholars is: ‘Be consistent, determined and committed to your goals. Believe in yourself first.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo