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Linda Theron

North-West University

Linda Theron is a full professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria; an associate of the Centre for the Study of Resilience, University of Pretoria; and an extraordinary professor in Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa. Her publications focus on the resilience processes of South African young people challenged by chronic adversity and account for how sociocultural contexts shape resilience. Various funding bodies (including Canadian Institutes for Health Research [CIHR], International Development Research Centre, Canada [IDRC]; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada [SSHRC]; GCRF Resilience Foundation Awards, UK; South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development [SANPAD]; National Research Foundation, SA [NRF]) have funded Linda’s research.  She is an associate editor of the Elsevier journal, Child Abuse & Neglect and the lead editor of the Springer-published book, Youth Resilience and Culture: Complexities and Commonalities. In 2015 she received the North-West University Chancellor award for research-based service to South African communities. The National Research Foundation of South Africa has rated Linda as an internationally acclaimed researcher.