ONLINE: Insights Into Global Crises: From Psychosocial Perspectives

Event Date : 23/10/2020 - 24/10/2020
Event Time : All Day
Materials : Download PDF

CPD Points

  • A1 – 12 (By MMA)
  • A4 – 8 (By MPS)
  • A2 (Pre-Symposium) – 2 (By MDC)
  • A2 (Symposium) – 3 (By MDC)
  • A3 – 6 (By Nursing Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia)


  • Pre-Symposium Forum
    23 October 2020 (Friday) | 2:30pm – 5:30pm
    Pre-Symposium Forum is complimentary for all delegates and attendees.
  • 1st IMU Psychology Department Symposium 2020
    24 October 2020 (Saturday) | 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Online via Zoom

International Medical University’s (IMU), Department of Psychology will be hosting its maiden symposium, as a multidisciplinary platform for professionals, scholars, paraprofessionals and students to discuss and stay abreast with current discussions on global crises from psychosocial perspectives. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it serves as an impetus to usher in discussions to incorporate psychosocial dimensions towards informing stakeholders on best practices and policy making from evidence-based perspectives. The symposium aims to disseminate knowledge from experts, professionals, lay professionals, community volunteers and students from diverse disciplines.

A Pre-Symposium Forum on “Living with COVID-19: Moving Forward with the New Normal” will be conducted to exchange knowledge and ideas among established experts and audience after the objectives.


  • To establish a platform for knowledge exchange through presentation of research related to crises.
  • To disseminate lessons learned from on the ground experiences.
  • To stay abreast with current discussions of global crises from psychosocial perspectives.

Datuk Lokman Hakim Bin SulaimanDatuk Lokman Hakim Bin Sulaiman (Professor of Public Health, IMU) is a Professor of Public Health at the International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. He graduated as Medical Doctor from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Master in Public Health from National University of Singapore and PhD in Medical Parasitology from UKM. He was conferred the Fellow of Academy of Medicine Malaysia and was the past President of the College of Public Health Medicine of the Academy. He is also a Fellow of Academy of Medicine of Singapore and Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia and was conferred the honorary Fellow of Academy of Family Physician Malaysia and Member of Nutrition Society of Malaysia. During the 6+ years as Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health), he was given the opportunity to address the Plenary Session of the World Health Assembly in 2012 representing the Minister of Health. In June 2016, he headed the Malaysian Delegation and addressed the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS in New York in reiterating Malaysia’s commitment in fighting HIV/AIDS on behalf of the government. In fact with his vest experiences, he has covered almost the entire spectrum of health services in MOH – from curative (primary and secondary care), to promotion and preventive health services, R&D and in program and policy development.

Prof Philip GeorgeProf Philip George (Professor in Psychiatry, IMU) is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist. He is presently a Professor and Head of Psychiatry at the International Medical University. He is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban, a Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at Assunta Hospital and Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist at ‘The Mind Faculty’, Mont Kiara in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with MB BS in 1988 from Manipal, India and did his Masters in Psychiatry in 1996 at Malaysian National University (UKM). He completed a Certificate in Substance Abuse with the University of Melbourne in 2003. He has more than 30 publications in journals and chapters in books. His areas of interest are in, Prevention of Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia, Managing Stress and Elderly Depression. Since 2016, he served in 8 deployment missions to Republic of Nauru to work with International Health & Medical Services in providing mental health services for the Refugee and Asylum population kept on the island.

Dr. Shahrian FaiezDr Shahridan Faiez (Principal Advisor, Think City) is the Principal Advisor to Think City. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University. He is a sustainable development practitioner with more than 20 years experience. He works with organizations to turn ideas into action and results. His experience spans international organizations like the World Bank, Fortune 500 companies like Darden Restaurants Inc, and Sovereign Wealth Funds like Khazanah Nasional. He is equally at ease working with farmers on rural supply chains, engaging with governments on development policy formulation, and shaping corporate strategies in command centers. He is adept at integrating multinational teams across geographies to produce effective supply chains and high quality outcomes. He is a champion of the digital economy through his writings, public lectures and investments. He is currently developing critical policy support platforms during the Covid-19 crisis to Governments around the world.

Dr. Nicole Chen Lee PingDr Nicole Chen Lee Ping (Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dept & Programme Director for Counselling Programme, IMU) has been working as a counsellor and trainer for more than 19 years in different counselling settings in non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, and private counselling centres. She is also a registered counsellor under the Board of Counsellors of Malaysia. She has wide counselling experiences in dealing with family, couples, and clients who have experienced trauma. She is currently a senior lecturer at International Medical University and has more than 10 years’ of tertiary teaching experiences. She has published a number of journal articles and has presented at national and international conferences. She has been invited by local and international journal publications as a research paper reviewer for research papers in the field of psychology and qualitative research. Her current research interests are in human resilience, psychological healing, couple & family therapy, and women's issues. She is an active exco member of Malaysian Marriage and Family Therapy Association (MyMFT) and Qualitative Researh Association of Malaysia (QRAM)

Dr. Hariyati Shahrima Abdul MajidDr Hariyati Shahrima Abdul Majid, PhD (Consultant Psychologist & Executive Council Member of MERCY Malaysia) is best known for her humanitarian work with MERCY Malaysia, for which she has volunteered for 15 years. She has been deployed to both local and international missions in natural and conflict affected areas, providing psychological first aid to affected communities, setting up and running child friendly spaces and conducting training of trainers, from the Philippines, to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Lebanon, and the latest, in Turkey/Syria border, servicing the Syrian refugees. She led her MERCY Malaysia team for the MH370, MH17 and QZ8501 aviation disasters, providing support for cabin crew and pilots affected by the tragedies. She is currently leading a team of mental health professionals in providing online psychosocial support for Malaysians in response to Covid19. She is an Advisor to Naluri Hidup. Previously, she served as an academic faculty for 23 years with International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). During her years at IIUM, she served various academic administrative positions such as Head of Department, Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs), Deputy Director (Alumni and Career Services Division) and Director (Office of Industrial Links and Community Relations). She has widely published in various academic journals. While at IIUM, she was awarded “The Best Teacher” award for four years. She is a consultant lecturer for the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and is also now serving as a research member for a project on Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with ISTAC, IIUM, in collaboration with University of Maryland, US. She was an invited lecturer at the Post War Reconstruction Unit at the University of York, UK.

Dr Nurashikin binti IbrahimDr Nurashikin binti Ibrahim(Public Health Medicine Specialist, Sector Head of Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Violence Injury Prevention, Non-communicable Disease Section, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) a medical doctor and Public Health Medicine Specialist received her undergraduate training from University of Malaya. Has been working in the Ministry of Health for past 25 years. Currently she holds the post as Public Health Physician and Sector Head of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Violence Injury Prevention, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health. She has been involved in mental health for the past 16 years. Her areas of expertise/knowledge are in Mental Health Promotion Mental Health Services and Psychosocial Support Disaster and Suicide Prevention upon which she received training in Psychosocial Response to Disaster from Hyogo Institute of Traumatic Stress, (HITS) Japan as well as training in Mental Health Promotion & Mental Illness Prevention from Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Australia and Suicide Prevention from AISRAP, Australia. She is also responsible as Head Coordinator of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services of Ministry of Health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia. Also has been involved at the field in many of crisis that has occurred in Malaysia; among them, the unprecedented incident of air tragedy of MH370 and MH17 in 2014, massive flood tragedy between December 2014 to March 2015, pre- deployment and post-deployment for Malaysian field Hospital Cox’s Bazar for Humanitarian Mission for Rohingya’s, October 2017 and chemical waste poisoning tragedy in February 2019. Involved in providing training and mentoring on areas of mental health and mental health in disaster for health care providers and also training for other govt and non-governmental agencies.

Prof Alberto G. GomesProf Alberto G. Gomes
(Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University) is the Emeritus Professor of La Trobe Univerity, Australia as well as the Global Director of DEEP (Dialogue, Empathic Engagement, and Peacebuilding). His key university roles included The Director of La Trope’s Centre for Dialogue (2013-2014), Member and Deputy Chair of La Trobe University Academic Promotions Committee (2012- 2014), Deputy Leader of the ‘Transforming Human Societies’ Research Focus Area (2013), Member of La Trobe University’s Research and Graduate Studies Committee (2012-2013), Academic Assessor for the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya (2011-2013). He served as advisor and consultant to government and organizations, such as Malaysian Aboriginal Association; the Malaysian Chinese Association; and Member of Board of Consultants of the Mountain Peoples Culture Development Centre, Thailand and International Advisory Board of the Malaysian Academy of Han Studies. He also reviewed a research report for the Australian Bureau of Immigration and Population Research. He also served as Editorial Committee for Asian Ethnicity Journal, Suomen Antropologi (Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society). He was also the academic Assessor for University of Malaya. He is a notable author with numerous publications. To name a few of the books and book chapters, they are “Multiethnic Malaysia: Perspectives on Past, Present and Future”, “Modernity and Identity: Asian Illustrations”, “The Impact of Environmental Changes on Forest Peoples of Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century” etc. He also contributed his writing in international journals such as – ‘Lessons from the margin: Indigenous peace ecology’. Organicom 15 (28): 149-166; ‘Alter-native Development: Indigenous Forms of Social Ecology’, Third World Quarterly 33(6): 1059-1073 etc. Currently, he is working on an ongoing project focused on the nexus between equality, sustainability and peace.


Registration Fee for 1st IMU Psychology Department Symposium 2020 (inclusive of SST)

Delegates: Regular RM70
Delegates: IMU Alumni / Staff / Student (Non IMU) RM70
Delegates: IMU Student RM70
Attendees RM50


Day 1 – Pre-symposium Forum
Title for the Forum: Living with COVID-19: Moving Forward with the New Normal

Time Detail Remark
2.30pm – 2.45pm Online checking in
2.45pm – 2.55pm Moderators welcome the panellists and audience; introduce the ground rules Moderators: Ms Puvessha A/P Jegathisan and Ms Cheryl Tham
2.55pm – 3.00pm Welcome Speech – Chairperson of Organizing Committee, Dr Teoh Gaik Kin
3.00pm – 3.15pm Experience and Perspective from Public Health by Dato Lokman Hakim
3.20pm – 3.35pm Experience and Perspective from Mental Health by Prof Philip George
3.40pm – 3.55pm Experience and Perspective from Socio Economic Policy by Dr Shahridan Faiez
4.00pm – 4.15pm Experience and Perspective from Marriage and Families by Dr Nicole Chen
4.15pm – 5.00pm Interaction among audience and experts
5.00pm – 5.05pm Closing – HOD of Psychology Department

Day 2 – IMU 1 st Psychology Symposium
Title: Insights into Global Crisis – From Psychosocial Perspectives

Time Detail Remark
9.30am – 9.45am Online Checking In MC: Ms Serena In
9.45am-10.00am Welcome speech

  • Dr Teoh Gaik Kin, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee
10am – 10.25am 1st Keynote Speaker – Trend of Global Crisis from Psychosocial perspective by Dr Hariyati Shahrima Abdul Majid, former EXCO Member of Mercy Malaysia [2001-2010]) Moderators:

  • Dr Lynda Ling and 1 Psy Club representative
10.25am – 10.45am Q and A session
10.45am – 11.10am Theme: Mental HealthTopic: A Correlational Study between Coping Strategies and Compassion Satisfaction among Crisis Helpline Volunteers by Ms Kiranjeet Kuar (from IMU) Moderator:

  • Dr Polly Chen and 1 Psy Club representative
11.10am – 11.20am Break
11.20am – 11.45am Theme: Sustainability of EducationTopic: Discuss on the Sustainability of Institution Based Private Child Care Centre in Times of Pandemic: Lessons Learned from Multiple Case Studies By Ms Chan Yi Bing (Sultan Idris Education University)
11.45am – 12.10pm 2nd Keynote Speaker – The Significant of Psychosocial Dimension in Policy Making by Dr Nurashikin binti Ibrahim Moderator:

  • Dr Norul Hidayah binti Mamat and 1 Psy Club representative
12.10pm – 12.30pm Q and A Session
1230pm – 1.00pm Lunch Break
1.00pm – 1.25pm Theme: PoliticsTopic: A Psychodynamic Perspective on the Current Covid-19 Crisis. Insights and Suggestions by Dr Christian Kohlross (from Rekindle, Center for Systemic Therapy, KL) Moderator:

  • Dr Fredrick Alesna Boholst and 1 Psy Club representative
1.25pm – 1.50pm Theme: Marginalized PopulationTopic: Serving the Refugee Community during COVID-19: Community Leader’s Ground Experience by Mr. Michael Moey (from RUTH Education Center)
1.50pm – 2.15pm Theme: Mental Health among Ageing PopulationTopic: Social Networking Sites Usage and Loneliness among Malaysian Chinese Elderly: The Application of Technology Acceptance Model with Subjective Norm by Mr Ooi Chia Sin (from UTAR)
2.15pm – 2.40pm Theme: Mental HealthA Biopsychosocial perspective of Heartfulness Meditation by Ms Amutha Aruvi (from IMU)
2.40pm – 2.55pm Coffee Break
2.55pm – 3.30pm 3rd Keynote speaker – Making Another World Possible through Psychosocial-Inspired Ways by Emeritus Professor Alberto Gomes Moderator:

  • Dr Chong Shue Ling and 1 Psy Club representative
3.30pm – 4.15pm Q and A Session
4.15pm – 4.30pm Closing Ceremony

  • Head of Department of Psychology

Abstract Submission

How to submit your abstract?

  • Please register in order to proceed to submit abstract (payment is not required at present). Click HERE to register.
  • Kindly read the instruction before doing any submission. Click HERE to view the instructions.
  • Submit your abstract to Scientific Committee at [email protected] before 10 October 2020.
  • All accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers to be considered for publications in IMU-e-Journal or The Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research (QRAM).
Back to Event Details

Create an Account