Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Dr Kobus Du Plooy

Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 470 9541
Email
kobus.duplooy@otago.ac.nz
Position
Senior Lecturer
Department
Department of Psychological Medicine (Dunedin)
Qualifications
B.Mil, B.Soc Sci (Hons): Psych, M.Sc. Clin Psych, PhD (Psych), MBA with Distinction
Research summary
Wellbeing, sport and performance psychology
Teaching
Kobus is currently involved in lecturing and facilitation of tutorials to predominantly second and third-year medical students at the University of Otago on a variety of mental health-related topics. As the Head of Behavioural Science, he oversees all teaching by the department to Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) students. In addition to this, he also presents additional lectures to Psychiatry Registrars, Dentistry, and Health Science students on various mental health and wellbeing-related topics. Kobus is currently also employed by Massey University on a part-time basis as a Senior Professional Clinician/Psychologist - Teaching Supervisor. In this role, he works collaboratively as a team member delivering the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice. This entails active oversight of the internship learning experience and progress of assigned interns, contributing to teaching delivery and evaluation of student work (practice and academic).
Memberships
  • Full Member of the New Zealand Psychological Society
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Psychological Society's Otago Branch
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Community Psychosocial Research (JCPR)
Clinical
Kobus is a registered Clinical Psychologist with more than 16 years of clinical experience . He currently focuses his clinical work on predominantly assisting elite athletes, high-performance teams, and executives from the business community whom he sees in a private capacity for psychotherapy and/or executive coaching.

Research

Kobus holds strong research interests in the areas of wellbeing, sport, and performance psychology. From a research publications and dissemination perspective, he has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles and 36 conference proceedings to date. He has also supervised 7 master's and 4 PhD students toward successfully completing their research projects.

He is currently also appointed as an Extraordinary Professor at the North-West University's Community Psychosocial Research entity (Compres) in South Africa where he remains involved in numerous research projects.

Additional details

Brief career history

Kobus moved to Dunedin from South Africa in February 2020 to take up the position of Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine. In July 2021 he was appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of Behavioural Science. Prior to this, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in 2014 at the Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing (IPW) on the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus in South Africa. At the IPW he worked with individual athletes and various sports teams from amateur up to elite level such as the Springbok Women’s Sevens and NWU Varsity Cup rugby sides, as well as conducting corporate workshops to improve employee well-being and performance as a consultant of Cognacity, a UK-based employee wellbeing company.

Kobus also saw clients for individual, couple, and group psychotherapy while training master’s degree psychology students at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus in the use of particular psychometric instruments and psychotherapeutic modalities such as interactional and group psychotherapy. He was also involved in training postgraduate Forensic Accounting students on interviewing skills at the Department of Accounting Sciences. In 2019, he was promoted to Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Institute of Psychology & Well-being during periods of the Director’s absence.

Professional distinctions and memberships

  1. 2020 – 2021: Best new teaching staff award: ELM 2 – University of Otago
  2. 2020 – 2021: Best new teaching staff award: ELM 3 – University of Otago
  3. 2020 – 2021: Department of Psychological Medicine teaching award in ALM – University of Otago
  4. 2019 – 2019: Promoted to Associate Professor - North-West University (South Africa)
  5. 2018 – 2020: Promoted to Acting Director: Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing – North-West University (South Africa)
  6. 2017 – 2018: Member of the top-performing group in the North West University Busines School MBA company project
  7. 2017 – 2018: Top performing student in MBA subject: Technology Management
  8. 2014 – 2014: Top Young-Up & Coming Researcher – South African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education

Publications

Walsh, A., & du Plooy, K. (2023). Mental skills training in elite sports environments: Current status of integration. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 7(2), 1-8. doi: 10.36905/jses.2023.02.01

Grobler, H., du Plooy, K., Kruger, P., & Ellis, S. (2022). The prevalence of common mental disorders and its relationship with mental toughness in professional South African rugby players. South African Journal of Psychology, 52(1), 61-72. doi: 10.1177/00812463211009422

Kirkcaldy, H., van Rensburg, E., & du Plooy, K. (2022). "Under the sword of Damocles": Psychologists relate their experience of a professional misconduct complaint. Ethics & Behavior, 32(5), 401-412. doi: 10.1080/10508422.2021.1922279

du Plooy, K., Kruger, P., & Visagie, J. (2020). Leadership challenges experienced by elite South African rugby coaches. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 46, a1811. doi: 10.4102/sajip.v46i0.1811

Kirkcaldy, H., van Rensburg, E., & du Plooy, K. (2020). Psychologists' experience of a malpractice complaint: Their relationship with and processes at the regulator. Health SA Gesondheid, 25, a1384. doi: 10.4102/hsag.v25i0.1384

Walsh, A., & du Plooy, K. (2023). Mental skills training in elite sports environments: Current status of integration. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 7(2), 1-8. doi: 10.36905/jses.2023.02.01

Journal - Research Article

Grobler, H., du Plooy, K., Kruger, P., & Ellis, S. (2022). The prevalence of common mental disorders and its relationship with mental toughness in professional South African rugby players. South African Journal of Psychology, 52(1), 61-72. doi: 10.1177/00812463211009422

Journal - Research Article

Kirkcaldy, H., van Rensburg, E., & du Plooy, K. (2022). "Under the sword of Damocles": Psychologists relate their experience of a professional misconduct complaint. Ethics & Behavior, 32(5), 401-412. doi: 10.1080/10508422.2021.1922279

Journal - Research Article

du Plooy, K., Kruger, P., & Visagie, J. (2020). Leadership challenges experienced by elite South African rugby coaches. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 46, a1811. doi: 10.4102/sajip.v46i0.1811

Journal - Research Article

Kirkcaldy, H., van Rensburg, E., & du Plooy, K. (2020). "You can't bully me anymore": Coping strategies in a group of psychologists accused of professional misconduct. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 30(3), 268-275. doi: 10.1080/14330237.2020.1767949

Journal - Research Article

Kirkcaldy, H., van Rensburg, E., & du Plooy, K. (2020). Psychologists' experience of a malpractice complaint: Their relationship with and processes at the regulator. Health SA Gesondheid, 25, a1384. doi: 10.4102/hsag.v25i0.1384

Journal - Research Article

Du Plooy, K. (2019). Interactional Therapy: Prospects for treating mental health conditions. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 29(6), 630-637. doi: 10.1080/14330237.2019.1689461

Journal - Research Article

Kruger, A., Du Plooy, K., & Kruger, P. (2019). Personality profiling of South African rugby union players. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19(4), 383-387. doi: 10.1080/14330237.2019.1647498

Journal - Research Article

Kruger, A., Du Plooy, K., & Kruger, P. (2018). Thinking differently about rugby performance: The relationship between cognitive functioning and on-field performance. African Journal for Physical Activity & Health Sciences, 24(1), 77-94. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-e35f9443f

Journal - Research Article

Du Plooy, K., & Van Rensburg, E. (2016). What do the true experts say? Young adults' recommendations for coping with parental divorce. Social Work Practitioner-Researcher, 28(2), 138-156. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC197060

Journal - Research Article

Du Plooy, K. (2015). Impact of a relationships development group on students' interpersonal communication and relationships. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(2), 82-105. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC176177

Journal - Research Article

Du Plooy, K., & Van Rensburg, E. (2015). Young adults' perception of coping with parental divorce: A retrospective study. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(6), 490-512. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2015.1058661

Journal - Research Article

Du Plooy, K. (2014). The use of Interactional Pattern Analysis as a tool for effective short term psychotherapy among students at Southern African tertiary institutions. Journal of Counselling & Development in Higher Education Southern Africa, 2(1), 27-40.

Journal - Research Article

Kruger, A., Du Plooy, K., & Kruger, P. (2019). Differences in the neurocognitive profiles of professional and semi-professional male South African rugby union players [Brief report]. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 29(2), 172-175. doi: 10.1080/14330237.2019.1594634

Journal - Research Other

du Plooy, K., & de Beer, R. (2018). Effective interactions: Communication and high levels of marital satisfaction. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 28(2), 161-167. doi: 10.1080/14330237.2018.1435041

Journal - Research Other

Back to top