ASSOC. PROF DR BRIAN HO KONG WAI
MBBS (Universiti Malaya), M. Psych. Med (Universiti Malaya), M.R.C Psych. (UK),
F.R.C. Psych (UK)
Psychiatrist and Associate Professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia
Dr Brian Ho is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), where he is also the Head of Psychiatry Department. He is a member in the Neurosciences Advisory Board of Malaysian Psychiatry Association, and International Advisory Board for International Review of Psychiatry.
Dr Ho has extensive experience in dealing with addiction, suicidal behaviours, depression and couple therapy. Utilising his training in psychotherapy, his expertise has extended into the area of Critical Incident Stress Management, such as counseling and conducting critical incident stress debriefing to traumatized employees in disasters and robberies in banks, assisting and
advising management and key personnel during crisis, and providing backup medical support to the psychological team during crisis. He is also the author of several professional journals and books on topics like HIV infection, suicide and drug addition.
LEE KUAN SHIN
B.A. Psych. (Syr. NY), M.A. Clin. Psych. (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Lee Kuan Shin is a Clinical Psychologist, who has worked with children and families in therapies and presented parenting skills workshop to over 200 parents on issues of enhancing self-esteem, communication skills, and behavior. Kuan Shin also has experience working with children with developmental disabilities and emotional difficulties. She was one of the panel writer for ' Growing Pains ' in New Straits Times, and her articles on children's developmental issues have been featured in few local parenting magazines.
Along with counselling children, Kuan Shin has also utilised her skills with adults, in which she provides psychotherapy to adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress management. Her training allows her to assess her clients' mental health status and support their condition or problems during therapy sessions. Besides conducting psychological assessments for both children and adults, she is also a visiting psychologist at Pantai Medical Centre. From the corporate aspect, she has provided counseling to employees from organisations in face-to-face sessions in their Employee Assistance Programmes and traumatised employees during crisis.
Dr. SITI IRMA FADILAH BINTI ISMAIL
B.A. Psych. (USA), M.A. Clin. Psych. (UKM), PhD in Epidemiology & Public Health (London)
Dr Siti is a trained clinical psychologist and attached to the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Utilizing predominantly cognitive and behavioural approaches, she provides psychological intervention and psychometric assessment for adults and children. Her main interest is in implications of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders and stress-related problems at both the individual and societal level.
She has conducted and facilitated workshops and training for stress management, self-confidence, anger and pain management for small groups and within large-scale formats. In relation to psycho-education, she has also presented public talks on numerous mental health topics geared to diverse audience groups. Her research work includes community based surveys and assessment, managing and coordinating field workers and maintaining databases.
Jeslyn Fong is our Personal Effectiveness Consultant. She has been actively involved with NGOs such as The Chinese Assembly Hall by supervising and assisting the volunteers for counseling and workshops. She provided counselling for couples, teenager, families and single mothers. She used to work in KBU and UTAR counselling students, organizing students’ training workshops and was in charge of students affairs and services namely international students.
Her experience also includes hospice counseling such as Aids and cancer patients.. Previously a qualified teacher, her experience in education setting allows her to understand the needs and concerns parents have for their children.
PROFESSOR AZHAR BIN MD. ZAIN
M. Psych. Med (Universiti Malaya), Postgraduate Dip. Cog. Th. (University of
Psychiatrist and Dean of Universiti Putra Malaysia
Prof Azhar is a psychiatrist, and professor and current Dean at Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prior to joining UPM, Prof Azhar was the Consultant Psychiatrist in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) hospital in year 1988, before he was elected as Head of Psychiatry Department in 1994. He, later, did a clinical attachment in Behaviour Modification and Rehabilitation Unit at Horton Hospital, England and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy.
An active author, Prof Azhar has many publications that were featured in journals, such as Medical Journal of Malaysia, European Psychiatry, Journal of Mental Health (UK), and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Research subjects focused mainly on religious psychotherapy, cross-cultural psychotherapy, cognitive therapy in mental health disorders, and stress management.
Dr BHARATHI VENGADASALAM
MBBS (Manipal), M. Psych. Med (Universiti Malaya)
Dr Bharathi is a lecturer and psychiatrist in Faculty of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her professional experience includes working in Universiti Melaya Medical Centre (UMMC), and Hospital Permai, in which her duties involved planning of psychiatric programmes, lecturing and supervising medical staffs (i.e., medical officers and nurses), and managing psychiatric patient wards.
With special interest in geriatric psychiatry, Dr Bharathi is a an active member in the Malaysian Society of Healthy Ageing, and is a volunteer psychiatrist for geriatric mental health in St.Francis Xavier home for Elderly run by Little Sisters of the Poor. Following by that, she has also been invited to conferences to present her research and experiences. Besides utilizing her skills in clinical work, Dr Bharathi has offered her services to corporate companies in providing trauma debriefing, and individual psychotherapy for trauma management. At present, she is in Australia completing her Ph.D research on geriatrics psychiatry.
Dr KHIN OHNMAR NAING@NOOR JAN
MBBS (Myanmar), M. Psych. Med (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Dr NoorJan is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer in Psychiatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Services, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prior to joining UPM, Dr NoorJan’s professional experience included working in Kubang Kerian, Kota Bahru, Brunei and Myanmar.
At present, Dr NoorJan lectures and supervises medical students, besides managing and treating patients in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, and Kajang General Hospital. Her special interest lies in child and adolescent psychiatry, and is particularly interested in promoting parenting skills in adolescence. Dr NoorJan has also presented and organized workshops, with focus on topics, such as counseling, sleeping disorder, and psychological intervention in trauma aftermath. Her skills have also been employed in trauma management, in which she was a volunteer psychiatrist in Clinic for Tsunami Victims at Kuala Muda, Kedah in year 2005.
B.A. Psych. (Universiti Malaysia Sabah), M.A. Ind. & Org. Psych. (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Mahadir is a clinical psychologist and lecturer at the Health Psychology Unit, in Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His responsibilities involve lecturing undergraduate and Masters students, and supervising the latter in their research and practicum. Besides that, he conducts psychological assessment on children, adults and families in the clinic, as well as providing psychological intervention in the Cognitive Behaviour approach.
Mahadir has been invited to present and speak in conferences, workshops, and on National TV Programmes. Topics presented were on behavior management on childhood disorders, stress management, parenting skills, and conflict management, just to name a few. Combined with his training in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, and Clinical Psychology, Mahadir was engaged in a trauma specialist team, in which he was involved in trauma debriefing, individual and group behavioural intervention, and psychoeducation for staffs of the engaging corporation.
Dr PREM KUMAR CHANDRASEKARAN
MBBS (Manipal), M. Psych. Med (Universiti Malaya)
Based in Penang, Dr Prem is currently the Affiliate Consultant Psychiatrist at Penang Gleneagles Medical Centre (GMC), and a Resident Consultant NeuroBehavioural Physician at Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH). He received his M.B.B.S. at Manipal, India in 1992, his Masters in Psychological Medicine at Universiti Malaya in 2000.
Dr Prem is a well-known speaker, trainer and presented. Topics presented were on epilepsy, depression, suicide, violence, dementia, and stress, just to name a few. He has also been actively involved in conferences, local and overseas, and many of his articles have been featured in prominent psychiatric journals as well as magazines.