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"Take ownership of your achievements"

- By Wits University

Lesley Swartz, Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and a clinical psychologist, delivered the keynote address at the Faculty of Humanities graduation ceremony on 26 June 2013.

His research interests span the fields of mental health and disability studies. He has been instrumental in establishing the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in collaboration with University of Cape Town, which focuses on developing capacity for mental health service provision in Africa.

Professor Swartz is an internationally rated researcher, and has over 200 scholarly publications to his name. Recent books include Able Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life, a memoir focussing on Disability in southern Africa, and another book entitled Promoting mental health in scarce-resource contexts:  Emerging evidence and practice. 

He serves as editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Disability, as an associate editor of Transcultural Psychiatry and the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, and on a number of other editorial boards. His current work focusses on issues of access to health care for disabled people, and the ethics of care.