Ms Tania Cleary

Lecturer in Psychology (part-time)

Tania Cleary is an academic and researcher focusing on the practical application of Psychology to empower people to thrive. She has a specific interest in children and family dynamics, and enjoys inter-disciplinary work, combining the fields of Psychology, Music and Language.

Her earlier research explored post-traumatic growth in adults after suffering bereavement, while her current and ongoing research is exploring how Music Education facilitates flourishing in Primary School children.  Tania’s belief that research should make a palpable difference to society has strongly influenced her chosen topics and future studies include taking a closer look at the experiences of juvenile offenders in the South African Criminal Justice system.

Psychology is Tania’s second career, after 22 years of teaching Music in all its guises.  During her postgraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg she worked as Tutor and Senior Tutor in the Psychology Department.  The latter position included lecturing undergraduate Psychology modules at UJ’s Auckland Park and Doornfontein campuses.






BA (Mus) University of the Orange Free State – 1991

BA (Health Sciences and Social Services) in Psychological Counselling, Cum Laude, UNISA – 2013

BA (Hons) Psychology, Cum Laude, University of Johannesburg – 2014

MA (Psychology) Research, University of Johannesburg – Ongoing

Other Scholarly Contributions: 

Tania presented her research on post-traumatic growth in adults after suffering bereavement at the international PSYSSA Conference in 2016.