Program Manager, Johannes Katsarov

Program Manager


Anouk Jasmine Albien. Anouk Jasmine Albien is an early career researcher based at the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and aims to contribute to advancing the career-life course development of adolescents and young adults in disadvantaged or marginalised contexts (i.e. idiosyncratic samples) to create new career-life narratives that transcend poverty. She has a keen interest in contributing to emic career psychology to acknowledge cultural specificity, but also to include elements of career behavior that are associated with a universal career psychology (i.e. etic approach). Anouk has received several awards based on consistent academic excellence, of which the most noteworthy are the South African National Research Foundation’s Innovation Doctoral Scholarship Award, Early Career Fellow funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as her selection to the Emerging Psychologists Programme at the International Congress of Psychology in Japan in 2016. Previously she has held many leadership roles, where she has anchored the counseling and psycho-educational outreach programmes for the Phelphepa Health Train and was appointed the co-ordinator of a career development project in the Kayamandi community for three consecutive years.  Anouk has been a contractual lecturer for the past several years in various higher education institutions. She has taught research methods, statistics, academic literacy as well as various other psychology modules (i.e. career psychology). Anouk acts as a reviewer for the South African Journal of Education and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Currently she is working as a research assistant in the Office of the Vice Rector of Stellenbosch University, in the division of Strategy and Internationalisation. Her PhD dissertation (entitled A mixed-methods analysis of black adolescents’ vocational identity status and career adaptability competencies in a South African township under supervision of Prof A.V. Naidoo) included the development of a narrative career intervention, with repeated-measures used to assess whether career adaptability scores had increased and subjective experiences were elicited using post-intervention interviews. The completion of this doctoral research project in May 2018 will mean the first successful completion of a mixed-methods career intervention in a sample of 582 Township youth. As a proud Alumni of the ECADOC programme, Anouk has a keen interest in sustaining the success of the ECADOC summer school. Her future aims are to foster further initiatives to facilitate international research collaborations and skill transfer in the field of career psychology and vocational guidance globally.

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