Lerato Mahwai joined ASRI as a Research Associate. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Research Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Midrand Graduate Institute (Now known as Pearson Graduate Institute). Her MA dissertation was titled ‘Socio-emotional development in children born to teenage mothers’, while her fourth year dissertation examined the relationship between personality traits and learning style preferences among young adult students in Gauteng. She is currently enrolled for Master of Philosophy in Social Policy and Development from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to ASRI, She was a field researcher and a research intern Social Surveys Africa (SSA), and had worked part-time as a data capturer the UNISA Institute for Social and Health Sciences. Before she focused on research, Lerato counselled women and children at various NGO’s including Childline Johannesburg. Her research interests are in child development and education in South Africa. Her most recent publication looks at the importance and effectiveness of implementing school counselling programmes in all government schools.