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 Prof. Nicolette Roman

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Qualifications: After qualifying as a teacher Prof Roman spent ten years teaching in the primary school system. She returned to the University to complete her Bachelor of Education (Psychology) in 2000 and Masters in Child and Family Studies (2003). She was awarded a PhD in Psychology at UWC in 2008 and was subsequently permanently appointed.
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 Professor Nicolette Roman currently heads the Child and Family Studies Programme at UWC where she specialises in individual and family psychological well-being, family functioning and practices, parenting, self-determination theory, research design and writing methods. 
After qualifying as a teacher Prof Roman spent ten years teaching in the primary school system. She returned to the University to complete her Bachelor of Education (Psychology) in 2000 and Masters in Child and Family Studies (2003). She was awarded a PhD in Psychology at UWC in 2008 and was subsequently permanently appointed.
Prof Roman’s dedication to teaching and research excellence has been recognised many times. She won a Dean's Merit Award in 2012 for the Best Scientific Presentation at the University’s Annual Research Day and another Dean’s Merit Award in 2015 for  Excellence in Research.
She is a recipient of four scholarships: the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship (2004); the Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (VLIR) Scholarship (2005), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2009) and the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Scholarship (2011-2012).
Prof Roman has authored outstanding scholarly work on the themes of family resilience, youth development, parenting, monitoring and evaluation. Most recently, she edited and contributed chapters to the book Parenting: Behaviors, Cultural Influences and Impact on Childhood Health and Well-Being, published in 2015.
Prof Roman has devoted much time to training young emerging academic researchers and social workers in the Department of Social Development and developing postgraduate training for social workers in child and family work. She also contributes to innovative research through community engagement and evidence-based projects in the community, among which are innovative projects in schools including research and awareness of substance abuse (hookah pipe smoking). Part of this work entailed awareness and training of parenting and family resilience models. Her community work includes serving on the executive board of Youth Development Specialist Services, a Cape Town-based non-governmental organisation.
Prof Roman receives the Outstanding Alumnus award for her outstanding contribution to Health Sciences in the field of Child and Family Studies (Psychology).

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