Mr Bawa is a registered clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UWC. He is the former co-ordinator of the Masters in Psychology training programme for students in professional psychology at the University.
He has served as a senior team member on key community engagement research projects led by the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences.
Mr Bawa has worked in the fields of violence rehabilitation, trauma and human rights in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Chile. He has also served on the Council for the International Society for Health and Human Rights, and was until recently, the Director of the Children for Tomorrow – South Africa- a free psychological service for traumatised young people and their families, funded by the Steffi Graf Children for Tomorrow Foundation in Germany.
His research interests include the psychological effects of violence on children, trauma counselling, the reintegration of ex-combatants and child soldiers in post-conflict countries, Photovoice and peace promotion.