Sylvester MADU (Nigeria)
On 3th June 2015, Professor Sylvester Ntomchukwu Madu is a native of Ubahu, Okija, in Ihiala Local Government, Anambra State Nigeria, was elected the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegbu Ojukwu University (former Anambra State University) Igbariam Campus. Before his new position, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university, and the President of the World Council for Psychotherapy African Chapter.
He has the following degrees: Bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical University Urban, Rome, Italy; two M.A. degrees from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a doctorate degree in Psychology also from University of Innsbruck, Austria, with specialisations in Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology. He also got his Final Certificate in Client-Centred Psychotherapy, from Austria.
He is also the Vice-President of the World Council for Psychotherapy which is based in Austria; a Member of the European Association for Psychotherapy; a Licensed and Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and a member of the Nigerian Associations for Clinical Psychology and for Psychology.
He has lectured psychology courses at the following institutions: Departments of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; University of Vienna, Austria; Psychiatric Nursing School in a Viennese State Psychiatric Hospital, Austria; University of Limpopo, South Africa; Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria; and now at Chukwuemeka Odumegbu Ojukwu University (former Anambra State University), Uli, Nigeria. He also worked as a Full-time Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the Therapy Centre of the Viennese State Psychiatric Hospital, Austria. He has supervised many Honours, Masters and Doctorate students of Psychology.
He has carried out research in the following areas: Client-centred psychotherapy in Nigeria. Feelings of Nigerian handicapped children. Effect of noise on memory and recall. Alcohol and psychomotor co-ordination. Child Abuse in South Africa. Socio-economic survey of households in South Africa. HIV/AIDS prevention and education in South Africa. Psychotherapy and African cultures. Taboos and Health in South Africa. Chronic Diseases in South Africa. HIV/AIDS Home-Based Care Project South Africa. Promoting sexual and reproductive health. School-based HIV/AIDS prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a team-member of the Health Behavioural Research Unit, University of Limpopo, South Africa that runs many other research projects. He was also a Co-Project leader for the Trauma Research Training Programme funded by the NIH, USA.
Professor Madu has received many institutional, national and International Awards, such as: the prestigious International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy of the City of Vienna (Austria); and the University of the North (South Africa) Research Excellence Award. He was also awarded inclusion of biographical profile in the “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2002-2003" by the Marquis Who’sWho, in U.S.A. African Counselling Network Honouree for 2001. He is a highly rated researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).
He has published 8 books, mainly in the area of Psychotherapy in Africa; 3 Audio-Video Cassettes mainly in the area of African Traditional Healing; 36 chapters in books; and 70 scientific articles in nationally and internationally reputable journals. Current areas of research interest are: Psychotherapy in Africa, Child abuse and neglect, Drug abuse, Youth and Suicide prevention, African traditional healing, Trauma research, Stress and burnout, and Psycho-social aspects of HIV/AIDS. He has also attended over 50 national or international conferences and presented papers, workshops or keynote addresses at those conferences.