Dr Devi Rajab was educated in South Africa and in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining a Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas and a PhD in Social Psychology from Missouri. Scholarships from the IIE and the British Council enabled her to pursue her special interests in the areas of ‘guilt, shame and early childhood education’ at Harvard and ‘career development’ at Oxford. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Counselling Psychologist.
Dr Rajab lectured in Social Psychology at the University of Durban-Westville prior to joining the staff of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1989 and she served as UKZN’s Dean of Student Development from 1992 to 2005. An award-winning journalist (four-time recipient of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as well as the Turquoise Harmony Institute Media Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2010), she pens a weekly column ‘Devi’s Diary’ for the Mercury and is a regular contributor to Confluence, a London-based newspaper. Devi is also the author of ‘No Subject is Taboo’ and ‘Women: South Africans of Indian Origin’.
Devi currently serves as an independent consultant to the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa and holds positions on the boards of several community-based and educational organisations, including the Democracy Development Project, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amazwi Abesifazana Museum.