Wahbie Long, Ph.D
Associate Professor / Clinical Psychologist
Director: Child Guidance Clinic
Department of Psychology
University of Cape Town
Phone: +27 (0)21 650 3901
Wahbie Long, Ph.D., is an associate professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Child Guidance Clinic at the University of Cape Town. He teaches an Honours module on philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology and a Masters module on critical theory.
Wahbie’s research interests include history and theory of psychology, as well as Marxist psychology. He has published in journals including History of Psychology, Theory and Psychology, History of the Human Sciences, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, and New Ideas in Psychology. His book, A History of ‘Relevance’ in Psychology – published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 – traces the emergence of questions about ‘relevance’ in the discipline since the 1960s, with a special focus on psychology in South Africa. He is now working on a new book that explores connections between Marxism and psychoanalysis.
With a Y1 rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Wahbie has held fellowships at Harvard and Durham University, and is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Indigenous Psychology. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Award of the Society for the History of Psychology (Division 26 of the APA). His paper, Rethinking ‘relevance’: South African psychology in context, was awarded the Best Article prize for the 2013 volume of History of Psychology, the official history journal of the APA.