Staff Profiles

Ms. Shathani Rampa


Faculty of Social Sciences



Location: 225/117
Phone: 3554166
Email Ms. Shathani Rampa

  • Master of Science (Neuropsychology), University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences, Psychology and Politics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Shathani Rampa is a neuropsychologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Botswana, with 5 years of teaching experience. Her main research interests are quality of life of people living with HIV, and the validation of neuropsychological assessments in Botswana. She is also an active member of the International Neuropsycholoical Society Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology Special Interest Group, more specifically the test development working group. Apart from her academic career, she is an advocate for increasing the profile of psychology in Botswana through social media. She is currently developing a social media campaign to demystify the field of Psychology and how it is relevant to our every day experiences. Her aim is to increase public engagement with the various topics in Psychology.


  • Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Research Method and Design
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Introduction to Psychology

  • neurocognitive functioning in children living with HIV
  • norms and validation of neuropsychological assessments
  • HIV, mental health, and quality of life
  • Behavioural interventions to improve quality of life outcomes in people living with HIV
  • Psychosocial impacts of caregiving of people living with neuropsychological dysfunction

I am not currently taking on postgraduate students for supervision

Gouse, H., Marobela, S., Westgarth-Taylor, J., and Thomas, K. (2016). Poor Organisational Strategy Differentiates Cognitively Impaired and Unimpaired HIV-positive adults, South African Journal of Psychology. 46(1), 25–36.

Plattner, I. E., Mbakile-Mahlanza, L., Marobela, S., Kgolo, T. J. F., Monyane-Pheko, M. M. B., Patel, V., & Feinstein, A. (2018). Developing a Computerized Brief Cognitive Screening Battery for Botswana: A Feasibility Study, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Becker T. D., Ho-Foster A. R., Poku O. B., Marobela S., Mehta H., …& Yang L. H. (2019). "It's when the trees blossom": Explanatory beliefs, stigma, and intersections between mental illness and HIV in Botswana. Qualitative Health Research; 29(11), 1-15.

Poku, O. B., Becker, T. D., Ho-Foster, A. R., Rampa, S., Entaile, P., ... & Yang, L. H. (2020). Reflections on qualitatively investigating HIV and mental illness stigma in Botswana with a multicultural and multinational team. SAGE Research Methods

In pursuit of academic excellence