Personal Information


Dr. Nkuba Mabula


Contact Address:

P.O Box 2329,Dar es Salaam,
Email: mabula.nkuba@duce.ac.tz


Mabula Nkuba is a lecturer at the Dar es salaam university college of education in Tanzania. He is a psychologists whose research and interventions aims to prevent child violence in families and schools by linking theories, policies and laws with the daily parenting practices. Nkuba's  research interest includes parenting psychology, child violence as well  as chilldren's mental health as linked to school achievement. For the previous four years, He spent his time investigating the prevalence and factors responsible for child violence in Tanzanian families and schools. In collaboration with other  researchers from the University of Konstanz in Germany and Mbarara University in Uganda, he developed, implemented and evaluated a child violence  prevention approach relevat for Tanzanian school context and sub-Saharan African setting in general. Nkuba's research  emphasis is on the use of effective non-violent discipline strategies in managing children's behavioral problems.  He holds a doctorate in natural science-psychology from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Before that, Nkuba studied  M. A in applied social psycholoyg and BSc-Education from the university of Dar es salaam. He  teaches courses in Educational psychology and Research methods in education. Before joining the university teaching, Nkuba worked shortly as science teachers in secondary schools in Tanzania.


Area of Specialization and Research Interests

Parenting Psychology, Child Violence and Parenting


  1. Nkuba, M., Hermenau, K., Goessman, K. & Hecker, T (2018). Mental health problems and their association to violence and maltreatment in a nationally representative sample of Tanzanian secondary school students. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (In press).

  2. Nkuba, M., Hermenau, K., Goessman, K. & Hecker, T (2018). Reducing violence by teachers using the preventative intervention Interaction Competencies with Children for Teachers (ICC-T): A cluster randomized controlled trial at public secondary schools in Tanzania. PLOS ONE (In press).

  3. Hecker, T., Goessman, K., Nkuba, M. & Hermenau, K. (2018). Teachers’ stress intensifies violent disciplining in Tanzanian secondary schools. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76(1), pp. 173-183.
  4. Nkuba, M., Hermenau, K. & Hecker, T. (2018). Violence and maltreatment in Tanzanian families – Findings from a nationally representative sample of secondary school students and their parents . Child Abuse & Neglect, 77(1), pp. 110-120.

  5. Kaltenbach, E., Hermenau, K., Nkuba, M., Goessman, K. & Hecker, T. (2017). Reducing corporal punishment in school – a feasibility study of a prevention training for teachers in Tanzania. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2017.1357060