“Ms Andrews completed her thesis towards her Clinical Masters Degree under my supervision, producing data that are in demand for clinical work in the area of psychological assessment in this country. Accordingly, she has been a participant in a national psychology conference workshop on cross-cultural test performance within the South African context, in which her research results were presented (2009), and in a national neuropsychology conference symposium where once again the research outcome of her thesis was presented (2010).
Further, under my supervision, Ms Andrews has completed a revision of her thesis report in preparation for submission to a journal for publication. This submission will form part of a special edition on cross-cultural normative data that is due to appear in the December issue of the Journal of Psychology in Africa (JPA), a credentialed journal for subsidy purposes. In typical style, Ms Andrews is the first and only person in the team of contributors to date who has completed her revision, and long before the deadline date. She is one of the most organized and delightful supervisees I have ever worked with. She provided a strong natural leadership style in the team of four masters students that were involved in the project of which her thesis formed a part, demonstrating her significant organizational abilities, and having the personality to engage productively in team work.
Ms Andrews received a very high first class pass for the thesis component of her Masters Degree, and an overall distinction for the degree. This serves to complete her track record of first class achievements through her academic career thus far. She is an outstanding scholar, and an excellent, confident speaker as I have observed from a number of her presentations. This included presentation in a professional conference setting, as well as presentation of an assessment case to her postgraduate colleagues during her clinical masters training. Accordingly, I am of the firm opinion that she will make an outstanding teacher at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Ms Andrews is academically ambitious and very determined. I have no doubt that she will go far in academia. We have had a number of discussions of possible routes for her to follow in the completion of a PhD, and I will be delighted (in fact honoured) if she chooses to work with me on one of the neuropsychological projects that have been tentatively proposed. I am also sure that once she has made the final selection of her topic, she will complete a doctorate in a relatively short space of time due to her considerable organizational skills and goal-oriented determination to complete a chosen task. It is for this reason that I can consider taking her on as a supervisee at this post-retirement point in my career.”
– Professor Ann Edwards, Department of Psychology, Rhodes University
“Karen Andrews possesses a high work ethic and has the skills to match. I am more than pleased to recommend Karen Anne Hope Andrews without reservation”.
– Carolyn Wiley, PhD, SPHR, DipEmpLaw, European Principal, Mercer Consulting
“The rural, previously disadvantaged primary school at which I worked in South Africa consulted with clinical psychologist Karen Anne Hope Andrews about various problems we were experiencing with learners. Karen is a kind, gentle, empathic clinician who was endlessly supportive. She took the time to write many letters of referral and to set up appointments for assessments and therapy where applicable. I wholeheartedly recommend Karen whose kindness, gentleness and sound advice were invaluable to me.
These children came from extremely poor and often traumatic home environments and in my classroom I dealt with children who had learning disorders, cognitive impairment and other barriers to learning and were victims of physical and sexual abuse. I also had to manage some serious behavioural problems.
She came to the school to offer a workshop on participatory classroom management with my class, which was a huge success. She also developed and presented a workshop on bullying, which the children really enjoyed and which resulted in an improvement in social interaction between learners in the classroom and on the playground.”
– David Le Roux, Primary School Teacher