Associate Professor
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Professional Qualifications

PhD Public Health

MEdPsych Masters in Educational Psychology

BSc Bachelor of Science in Psychology

BA Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology


Brief Biography

Magen Mutepfa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. She teaches psychology and public health courses. Previously she was a teaching assistant in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney (NSW), and was a recipient of Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award. Prior to attaining a doctoral degree, she worked as coordinator counsellor at the University of Zimbabwe. She was also employed as a Guidance and Counselling Officer in the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture in Zimbabwe where she championed advocacy on HIV/AIDs and substance abuse. She is a registered psychologist with more than 10 years of cross-discipline experience in psycho-therapy support services, more than 10 years of teaching experience, and has also worked as a Research Consultant for Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (4 years). Her current research is on the Impact of health-related characteristics on Mental Health and Quality of Life (QOL) of older people in Botswana, and Personal and Family Coping with COVID-19 in Global South. She has published more than 42 articles in well-renown journals and books. She is the Botswana Liaison Officer for Pass It On Network, an organization accredited to the United Nations and a member of 4SD. She is also an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Psychology in Africa and School Psychology Review Journal.

Teaching Areas

Research proposals, Research Paper, Social psychology, Psychometrics and Assessment,  Educational Tests and measurement. Communicable and non-communicable diseases, Health Psychology, Applied Psychology, Psychological Challenges of HIV and AIDs and Substance Use, Introduction to Psychology, Child development and adolescence, Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, Statistics in Psychology. Categorical Analysis and Regression, Qualitative and quantitative methods.

Research Areas

Physical and Mental Health, Quality of Life, Wellbeing, Anxiety and Depression, Aging, Somatization and Social Impairment, HIV and AIDS, Abuse, Child development, Resilience

Postgraduate Supervision Areas

Physical and Mental Health, Quality of Life, Wellbeing, Anxiety and Depression, Aging, HIV and AIDS, Abuse, determinants of health, Resilience

Selected Publications

Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa & Shathani Rampa. (2021). Workplace bullying and mobbing: autoethnography and meaning-making in the face of adversity in academia, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2021.1991028

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