Research Committees

RC46 Clinical Sociology

Established in 1992


The aims of the RC46 are: to advance knowledge in all areas of clinical sociology throughout the world; to provide a common meeting ground for clinical sociologists and others interested in clinical sociological knowledge; to encourage international cooperation in clinical sociology research; to promote training and educational opportunities to further the development of clinical sociology; to develop bonds with other disciplines and other specializations in sociology.

Defining clinical sociology…

Clinical sociology is a creative, humanistic and interdisciplinary specialization that seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives. Clinical sociologists work with client systems to assess situations and avoid, reduce or eliminate problems through a combination of analysis and intervention.

Clinical analysis is the critical assessment of beliefs, policies, or practices, with an interest in improving the situation.

Intervention is based on continuing analysis; it is the creation of new systems as well as the change of existing systems and can include a focus on prevention or promotion (e.g., preventing environmental racism or promoting community sustainability).

Clinical sociologists are employed, for instance, as managers, consultants, organizational development specialists, professors (scholar-practitioners), mediators, policymakers, counsellors and therapists.  Clinical sociologists conduct many kinds of research including needs assessments and evaluations.

Board 2018 - 2022. Extended 2023


Emma PORIO, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, (May 2019-2022, extended 2023)
Jan Marie FRITZ, University of Cincinnati, USA (resigned, April 2019)


International Relations

Jacques RHEAUME, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada

Development Sharon Lindhorst EVERHARDT, Troy University, USA 


Tina UYS, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Weizhen DONG, University of Waterloo, Canada,

Newsletter Editor Emma PORIO, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines,

Additional Executive
Board Members

Mariam SEEDAT KHAN, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Member Profiles and Connections)
Melodye Gaye LEHNERER, College of Southern Nevada, USA (Certification and Careers)
Suava ZBIERSKI-SALAMEH, The Haverford Institute of Public Sociology, USA/Poland (Regional Representatives)
Natalia EROKHOVA, RUDN University, Russia (International Relations – Selected Projects)

Presidential Advisory
Board Members

Jan Marie FRITZ  University of Cincinnati,USA, and University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Vincent DE GAULEJAC, Université Paris 7, France
Robert SEVIGNY, Université de Montréal, Canada

Regional Representatives

Coordinator: Suava ZBIERSKI-SALAMEH, The Haverford Institute of Public Sociology, USA/Poland
Nagaraju GUNDEMEDA, University of Hyderabad, India
Fernando DE YZAGUIRRE, Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia
Melati Puspa WAN, SEGi University, Malaysia
Isabelle RUELLAND, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada
Anastasia RIGAS, Greece
Anna DOMARADZKA, University of Warsaw, Poland
Kathrin BOGNER, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Gianluca PISCITELLI, Editorial Director of I Quaderni di Sociologia Clinica, Italy
Anthony KAZIBONI, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Johanna O. ZULUETA, Soka University, Japan
David DU TOIT, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2020-2022, extended 2023)
Agnès VANDEVELDE-ROUGALE, Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France (2020-2022, extended 2023)

Program Coordinator for IV ISA Forum 2020 is:
Tina UYS,


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Editor: Tina UYS, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,


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