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Dr Clifford Van Ommen BSc, BSc Hons, MA(ClinPsych), DLitt et Phil

Director - Centre for Psychology

School of Psychology

Clifford is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Centre for Psychology in Albany. His research interests lie in critical neuroscience, the immigration experiences of South Africans, and the history of Psychology in New Zealand. Prior to his current position as Director, Clifford worked worked at Rhodes University in South Africa. During this time he coordinated the Counselling Masters and Research programmes, taught across undergraduate and Honours programmes, and trained and supervised Masters students. Prior to 1998, Clifford worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a drug rehabilitation centre and a mining house EAP.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 441-8175 ext 43114
    Location: 3.52, North Shore Library Building - Level 3
    Campus: Albany Village

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science - University of the Witwatersrand (1990)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (1991)
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology - Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (1996)
  • Doctorate in Psychology - University of South Africa (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research and supervision interests include, broadly speaking, Critical Neuroscience and Critical Psychology. More specifically, I am currently focussing on the identity processes and sense making of and about South African migrants in New Zealand, a critical historical analysis of Psychology in New Zealand, and the intersection between music and subjectivity. I would also be interested in supervising projects focussing on various refugee issues and, within neuropsychology, the issue of concussion. Methodologically, I am always interested in supervising keen students interested in critical qualitative methods.

Research Opportunities

  • Outside the heartland': Psychology, its history and its subject in Aotearoa/New Zealand  (01/01/2014) The objective of this research project is to understand the unique changing relationship between theory and practice within Psychology and the sociopolitical landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101):
Feminist Theory (220306):
Gender Psychology (170105):
History and Philosophy of Specific Fields (220200): History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences (220208): Philosophy (220300): Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000): Poststructuralism (220317):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113):
Social Philosophy (220319)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Immigration and Identity: South Africans in Aotearoa New Zealand

The aim of this research project is to better understand the current social, cultural, and historical resources diverse expatriate South Africans use in the process of identity construction. This includes a focus on the constructions of the country of origin, country of settlement, indigenous people, other migrants, and whiteness within the contemporary 'postcolonial', neoliberal landscape. A diverse literature exists on immigration to, and immigrants in, Aotearoa New Zealand. A growing body of research exists on South Africans in Aotearoa New Zealand with a number of studies also emerging out of Australia. This project takes as its starting point this Australian-based socio-political research, specifically work completed by Sonn, Lewis and colleagues (2002, 2005, 2008, 2009), which builds on a 'liberation perspective' and engages various dimensions of diversity (e.g., ethnicity, 'race', and gender). The project is comprised of several components, including a review of the seminal and recent literature on immigration to and settlement in Aotearoa New Zealand, the analysis of the representation of South Africans in mainstream New Zealand media over the last decade, and a discursive analysis of transcribed interviews and focus groups with South African expatriates.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Van Ommen, C. (2016). Nocitainment: The contemporary construction of pain as amusement. Subjectivity. 9(4), 420-438
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, C., Cromby, J., & Yen, J. (2016). The contemporary making and unmaking of Elaine Scarry's the Body in Pain. Subjectivity. 9(4), 333-342
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2016). Neuroscience and critique: Exploring the limits of the neurological turn. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. 36(4), 250-255 Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2016). Of monstrous transformations: Neurologisation and its consequences. Theory & Psychology. , 1-2 Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C., & van Deventer, V. (2016). Negotiating neuroscience: LeDoux’s “dramatic ensemble”. Theory and Psychology. 26(5), 572-590
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Lux, V., & van Ommen, C. (2016). The generational brain: Introduction. Theory and Psychology. 26(5), 561-571
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Alefaio - Tugia, S., Carr, SC., Hodgetts, D., Mattson, T., & van Ommen, C. (2015). Ending poverty and inequality? Toward psychologies of sustainable development. Psychology Aotearoa. 7(1), 32-37 Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Alefaio-Tugia, S., Carr, S., Hodgetts, D., Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2014). Where to Psychology in Aotearoa? Choosing between histories. Psychology Aotearoa. 6(2), 66-67 Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.nz/
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2014). Where to Psychology in Aotearoa? Choosing between histories.. Psychology Aotearoa. 6(2), 66-67
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2014). Review of Neurofeminism: Issues at the intersection of feminist theory and cognitive science. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. 34(4), 279-282
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2013). Review of critical neuroscience: A handbook of the social and cultural contexts of neuroscience. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. 33(3), 199-202 Retrieved from http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/teo/33/3/199/
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, C. (2013). Resisting the obfuscation of 'race': The importance of acknowledging the sociopolitical in normative data research. South African Journal of Psychology. 43(2), 198-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C., & van Deventer, V. (2012). Goldberg's brain and the sex/gender distinction. Feminism and Psychology. 22(2), 145-161
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Cockcroft, K., Turnbull, O., & Ommen, CV. (2012). Special issue: Cognitive science and neuropsy. South African Journal of Psychology. 42(3), 368
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C., & van Deventer, V. (2011). The malleable and open body: Emancipatory or oppressive?. Annual Review of Critical Psychology. (9: Marxism and Psychology), 92-99 Retrieved from http://www.discourseunit.com/arcp9/VanOmmen_VanDeventer%20.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C., & van Deventer, V. (2011). The economy of centre within the aneconomy of neurological architecture. Subjectivity. 4(3), 258-276 Retrieved from http://www.palgrave-journals.com/sub/journal/v4/n3/full/sub201114a.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2009). Planes of endurance. PINS Psychology in Society. 38, 17-26 Retrieved from http://www.pins.org.za/pins38/pins38_article03_vanOmmen.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Bantjes, J., & Van Ommen, C. (2008). The development and utilisation of a suicide risk assessment interview schedule. South African Journal of Psychology. 38(2), 391-411
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2007). Book review: States of mind: Searching for mental health in Natal and Zululand. South African Historical Journal. 59(1), 282-285 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470709464781
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, C. (2005). Putting the PC in IQ: Images in the weschler adult intelligence scale - Third edition (WAIS III). South African Journal of Psychology. 35(3), 532-554
[Journal article]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.

Book

Groot, S., Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, CH., & Masters-Awatere, B. (Eds.) (2017). Precarity: Uncertain insecure, and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Tassell-Matamua, N., Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2007). Body/other: The body as smudge. In Varieties of Theoretical Psychology. (pp. 41 - 48). Ontario, Canada: Captus University Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Painter, D., & van Ommen, C. (2008). Abbreviated histories: Some concluding remarks. In C. van Ommen, & D. Painter (Eds.) Interiors: A history of Psychology in South Africa. (pp. 436 - 447). South Africa: University of South Africa Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2008). Memory. In Psychology: An Introduction. (pp. 255 - 267). South Africa: Oxford University Press: Southern Africa
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2008). Writing the histories of South African psychology. In C. van Ommen, & D. Painter (Eds.) Interiors: A history of Psychology in South Africa. (pp. 25 - 62). South Africa: University of South Africa Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
(2008). Interiors: A history of psychology in South Africa. South Africa: University of South Africa Press
[Edited Book]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C., & Painter, D. (2008). Introduction: Approaching the histories of psychology. In C. van Ommen, & D. Painter (Eds.) Interiors: A history of Psychology in South Africa. (pp. 1 - 24). South Africa: University of South Africa Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2007). Body/other: The body as 'smudge'?. In T. Teo, P. Stenner, A. Rutherford, E. Park, & C. Baerveldt (Eds.) Varieties of Theoretical Psychology: International Philosophical and Practical Concerns. (pp. 41 - 48). Ontario, Canada: Captus University Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2007). Damasio's subject: A constructionist self in contemporary neuroscience?. In V. van Deventer, MT. Blanche, E. Fourie, & P. Segalo (Eds.) Citizen City: Between constructing agent and constructed agency. (pp. 241 - 250). Concord, Ontario, Canada: Captus University Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.

Conference

Van Ommen, CH. (2017, August). Brain maturation and ideological obfuscation. Presented at The Ethos of Theorising, ISTP Conference. Tokyo, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH.'Discrimination Anyone?' - The commodification of sterotypes in contemporary television entertainment.. . Victoria University, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2016). Liberty, equality, fraternity: Liberation, discrimination, alienation. (pp. 43 - 44). , Social movements, resistance and social change III, 2016 Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2016). ‘Discrimination anyone?’ - The commodification of stereotypes in contemporary television entertainment. , Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Smith, J., Buttle, H., van Ommen, C., & Williams, MN. (2016, September). Placing mindfulness under the lens: A network analysis. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Kempton (Buttle), H., Van Ommen, C., Williams, M.
Van Ommen, CH., Painter, D., & Liu, J. (2015). A joint commentary on transcultural and (post-colonial) systemic differences concerning health psychology. In International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) 9th Biennial Conference Abstracts(pp. 18 - 19). , International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) 9th Biennial Conference Grahamstown, South Africa: International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2015). Nocitainment: The contemporary construction of physical pain as amusement. In International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) 9th Biennial Conference Abstract Booklet(pp. 53 - 54). , International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) 9th Biennial Conference Grahamstown, South Africa: Rhodes University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2015). Resistance in the biological age: Whatever do we do with Neuroscience?. (pp. 17 - 17). , Social movements, resistance and social change II: Possibilities, ideas, demands Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Carr, S., Cochrane, B., Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., Stubbs, T., & Van Ommen, CH. (2014, October). On the psychology of poverty: Thinking beyond piggy banks, individual therapy and other facile interventions for the poor.. Presented at New Zealand Applied Psychology Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carr, S., Hodgetts, D.Contributed to by: Van Ommen, C.
Salman-Godlo, T., van Ommen, C., Shuttleworth-Edwards, AB., & Radloff, SE. (2012, July). Preliminary normative data for Xhosa-speaking high school learners on the ImPACT programme. Presented at International Congress of Psychology (ICP): Psychology Serving Humanity. Cape Town, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH., & Painter, D. (2013, May). Scenes from provincial life: Representing South African psychology to northern audiences, 1976-2012. Presented at Dialogue and debate in the making of theoretical psychology meeting of the international society for theoretical psychology. Santiago, Chile.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2013, May). Black Metal Meditations: In the storm of Hideous Gnosis. Presented at 15th Biennial International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP). Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH. (2013). Against the grain: LeDoux’s ‘dramatic ensemble’ and critically reading neuroscience. (pp. 7 - 8). , The Generational Brain
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Salman-Godlo, T., van Ommen, C., Shuttleworth-Edwards, AB., & Radloff, SE. (2013, July). Preliminary normative data for Xhosa-speaking high school learners on the ImPACT programme. Presented at 30th International Congress of Psychology. Cape Town International Convention Centre.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2012, July). Three troubling moments in Damasio's neuroscience. Presented at 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP). Cape Town International Convention Centre.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2011, June). The aporia of reductionism. Presented at 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology: Doing Psychology under New Conditions. Thessaloniki, Greece.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2010, March). Troubling brain imaging: The construction of PET scans. Presented at 12th Biennial South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2010). Troubling brain imaging: The construction of PET scans. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th Biennial South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2010, August). The notion of the malleable and open body as emancipatory or oppressive. Presented at Marxism and Psychology Conference. University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2009, May). A critical neuroscience. Presented at Biennial Conference of the International Society of Theoretidcal Psychology. Nanjing, China.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2008, July). Planes of endurance. Presented at Critical Methods Conference. Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2008, January). Race, culture, ethnicity: The importance of acknowledging the socio-political in normative data research. Presented at South African Clinical Neuropsychology Asociation (SACNA) 11th National Conference: Assessment and Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury. Durban, South Africa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
Van Ommen, CH.Body/Other: The body as 'smudge'?. . Toronto, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2007, June). Body/other: The body as 'smudge'?. Presented at International Society for Theoretical Psychology Conference: Theoretical Psychology Beyond Borders. Toronto, Canada.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2006, January). Odd bedfellows? Post-strucuralism and the neurosciences. Presented at 10th Annual South African Clinical Neuropsychology Conference (SACNA)
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2006, July). Capturing Resource: Attention and the political. Presented at International Society of Political Psychology 2006 Scientific Meeting. Barcelona, Spain.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.

Other

van Ommen, C. (2009). Planes of endurance. In Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2007, May). Body/other: The body as 'smudge'?. In Department of Psychology, Loughborough University, Loughborough, England.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.
van Ommen, C. (2006). The body in mainstream and critical psychology. In Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Van Ommen, C.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Afrikaans
    Last used: Within last few days
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average
  • Dutch
    Last used: Within last month
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 1
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Robyn Vertongen - Doctor of Philosophy
    How do Young People Make Sense of Sexually Explicit Internet Material?
  • Adi Papirany - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Narratives of Victims and Bullies in the Social Practice of Cyberbullying

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ella Kroch - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Clients' experiences and understandings of 'treatment resistant' depression
  • Joseph Smith - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Mindfulness from a network perspective

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Shannon Martin - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    A Psychometric Evaluation of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT) for Sports Concussion

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Verena Boshra - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Getting the Feel of Therapy: Understanding Therapists’ Views and Experiences Regarding Social-Emotional Skills in Practice

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