Deborah obtained her Bachelor of Social Science in 1979, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in 1986 and her Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology in 1989, all from the University of Cape Town. She has been registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Industrial Psychologist since August 1990, in addition to being a member of the Society for Industrial / Organizational Psychologists of South Africa (SIOPSA).
Deborah has been providing medico-legal services for both, Claimant and Plaintiff cases, since 2002 and founded Deborah Atkins & Associates Inc. in 2009. She has established herself as an earnings expert witness (Industrial Psychologist) providing forensic work / earning assessments. This includes, but is not limited to personal injury / accident (Road Accident Fund claims), medical malpractice, public liability and justice department, as well as divorce and maintenance claims. Furthermore, Deborah has testified on numerous occasions in The High Court of South Africa.
Previously, she established and for 20 years, ran her own specialist management and recruitment company, called Debron Recruitment Consultants (Pty) Ltd until she franchised it out in 2010. Deborah’s first 10 years’ working experience was in Human Resources, where she worked for both national and international companies in senior management and consulting positions.
This background gives her the perfect, practical experience to understand the world of work across all disciplines and she uses this expertise to evaluate loss of earnings claims.