Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Anneliese De Wet, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

adewet@bu.edu

Anneliese de Wet is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. She completed her PhD in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa in December 2020. For her dissertation she developed an individual measure of recovery for a South African context by exploring the understanding of recovery for persons, their carers and their service providers, as well as the barriers and facilitators of recovery. This was the first such measure developed for a South African context. Anneliese is particularly interested in peer support work. She would like to contribute to the firm establishment of professional peer support work as a resource, and the empowerment of persons through peer support work, in South Africa.

Another related interest she has, is positive psychological ways of addressing mental health challenges, such as stigma. She is conducting an independent study at the Center, focused on exploring workplace stigma resistance and the mechanisms thereof among peer support specialists. Anneliese is also engaged in other research at the Center amongst which is in a randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a coaching intervention to address peer specialists’ stress and distress on the job. Previously, she explored the lived experience of recovery from first-episode psychosis in a South African sample and worked on a Canadian CIHR-funded international, multi-site study on community engagement in HIV vaccine research.

Selected publications

De Wet, A., & Pretorius, C. (2022). From darkness to light: Barriers and facilitators to mental health recovery in the South African context. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 68(1), 82-89. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764020981126

De Wet, A., & Pretorius, C. (2021). Perceptions and Understanding of Mental Health Recovery for Service Users, Carers and Service Providers: A South African Perspective. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 44(2), 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1037/prj0000460

De Wet, A., Dowling, T., Swartz, L., Lesch, A., Kagee, A., Kafaar, Z., Hassan, N. R., & Newman, P. A. (2020) Complexities in the process of translating research documents in cross-cultural

settings. Global Public Health, 15(6), 818-827. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2020.1718736

De Wet, A., Swartz, L., Kagee, A., Lesch, A., Kafaar, Z., Hassan, N. R., Robbertze, D., & Newman, P. A. (2020). The trouble with difference: challenging and reproducing inequality in a biomedical HIV research community engagement process. Global Public Health, 15, 22-30. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2019.1639209

De Wet, A., Swartz, L., & Chiliza, B. (2015). Hearing their voices: The lived experience of recovery from first-episode psychosis in schizophrenia in South Africa. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 61, 27-32. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764014535753

Selected presentations

De Wet, A. (2019). For different clients it will be different: Interviews with service users, service providers and carers regarding the meaning of mental health recovery in the South African context. Oral presentation at the 5th International Refocus on Recovery conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom. 3-5 September 2019

De Wet, A., Pretorius, C., & Parker, J. (2017). The development of a contextually-appropriate measure of individual recovery for mental health service users in the South African context. Poster presentation at the 4th International Refocus on Recovery conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom. 18-20 September 2017.

De Wet, A., Swartz, L., & Chiliza, B. (2015). Hearing their voices: The lived experience of recovery from first-episode psychosis in schizophrenia in South Africa. Oral presentation at the 19th International Society for the Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Congress, The Cooper Union, New York, United States of America. 18-22 March 2015.

De Wet, A., Swartz, L., & Chiliza, B. (2014). Hearing their voices: The lived experience of recovery from first-episode psychosis in schizophrenia in South Africa. Oral presentation at the 3rd International Refocus on Recovery conference, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom. 2-3 June 2014