Prof Soraya Seedat

Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University.  She holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.  She has been the recipient of several awards including the World Federation of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Fellowship, the Lundbeck Institute Fellowship Award in Psychiatry, an MRC mid-career award, research fellowship from the University of California San Diego, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Award, the Humboldt Research Award in memory of Neville Alexander, the Chancellor’s Award for Research from Stellenbosch University and an MRC Gold Merit Award.

She has more than 20 years of clinical, epidemiological and basic neuroscience research experience as a psychiatrist working in the field of traumatic stress and anxiety and has existing collaborative research projects with colleagues in Europe, the United States and in several African countries. She has also been involved in NeuroAIDS research for 18 years. She directs a number of research programs in the Department of Psychiatry and mentors masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students. She has experience in research ethics as a previous member of the Faculty of Medicine’s Health Research Ethics committee between 2005 and 2012 and as chair of that committee between 2009 and 2011. She is currently a member of Stellenbosch University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee and a Board Member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.  She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and as an Associate Editor of the journals PLoS One and Global Mental Health. She has published over 400 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and has co-edited four books.

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