Lisa Petersen

Lisa Petersen is a recent graduate who holds an Honours degree in Linguistics and a Master Degree in Child and Family studies (UWC). She has a special interest monitoring and evaluation, parenting, early childhood development, community development and socio-linguistics. She has been an academic tutor in the Linguistics department at UWC (2015-2019) and a research assistant for the SARCHi group which focuses on Human Capabilities and Social Cohesion through the family (2019-2022). She has participated in governmental and non-governmental collaborations and has published both nationally and internationally.
Recent experience highlights:

  • Research assistant for the Family Strengthening Programme with the Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government (2022);
  • Fieldworker and research assistant for the Parenting and ECD projects for SARCHi, which took place in the Western Cape;
  • Presented research proposal at the First 1000 days colloquium held at UWC in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Health (2020)

She has actively contributed to the field of research through being a co-author and lead author on the following articles:

  • COVID-19 daily realities for families: A South African sample (January 2022)
  • Perspectives of nurturance within a parent-child relationships n resource constrained families (March 2021)
  • Communication across the developmental span in parent-child relationships from a human capability approach: A study of rural South Africa