Ainul Nadhirah Hanafiah
“Being a Psychology professor in Malaysia can be challenging as it is only in the last ten years that the industry has started growing rapidly. My decision to choose HELP to build my academic foundation in Psychology was based on their stellar reputation in teaching.”
- Programme: PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge. Masters from King’s College London
Awards & Achievements
- Awarded the HELP University President Award in 2017.
- 4th Runner Up, Halal Tech Challenge, HTVB & Ministry of Finance.
- Best Student Award for Semester 05 in University Teknologi Mara Melaka.
- Dean’s List Award for Semester 02, 03 & 04 in University Teknologi Mara Melaka
Dr. Cameron Teoh
- Programme: PhD in Psychology and Human Computer Interaction, University of Otago, New Zealand. BA First Class Honours, University of Otago
Evelyn Teh Jae Vienn
Evelyn has been, since 2016, Assistant Manager, then Manager (Special projects/Behavioural change) at PwC Malaysia, designing and implementing the growth behaviour roadmap of PwC professional projects to align with organisational transformation. PwC or Pricewaterhouse-Coopers is one of the global Big 4 largest accounting and auditing professional services network of firms.
Previously, she was:
- For 6 months in 2011, as business associate, managing assessment centres and training programmes, and from 2013 to 2016, as Talent Accelerator Manager, then Head of Faculty, Design and Solutions at Leaderonomics, a social enterprise dedicated to democratize and provide access to leadership development for everyone, especially those with limited access to such; and
- Enterprise Link (Part-Time) for the University of Sheffield Enterprise Department (USED), to increase the engagement of psychology students with USED to provide a platform for them to learn entrepreneurship skills.
From 2007 to 2010, Evelyn completed her Bachelor of Psychology, at HELP University’s (HELP) Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, graduating with 1st Class Hons, then advanced to postgraduate studies at The University of Sheffield in England, and obtained her MSc in Occupational Psychology, graduating with Distinction in 2012.
She had earlier in 2007, volunteered providing tuition to orphans, under the Prudential Home programme.
John Emmanuel Kiat
- Programme: PhD in Management, University of South Australia, BA Psychology (University of Queensland with a distinctive average)
Awards & Achievements
- Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship: $20000 & Tuition
- Warden Travel Funding: $1300
- Other Fellowship for Exceptional Scholars: $24000
- Datuk Paduka Dr. Hajjah Saleha Award (Ranked 1st in Graduating Class)
- HUC Psychology Full Merit Scholarship
- Middlesex University Awards for Excellent Achievement
- Programme: HELP BPsych (First Class Hons)
- High School: SMK Sri Aman, KL. SPM 9As
- Current work/study: Currently pursuing her MSc in Occupational Psychology, University of Sheffield
Awards & Achievements
- First Prize Winner, Psychology Challenge
Ong Chia Wei
- Scholarship(s): Recipient of the ASEAN Scholarship
- Current work/study: Currently pursuing MSc in Psychology: Learning Sciences, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Awards & Achievements
- Maybank Apprentice under the Global Maybank Apprentice Programme.
- President of the Psychology Student Council (2010/2011)
Valerie Aw Chen Mei
- Programme: HELP BPsych (First Class Hons)
- Current work/study: Project Lead, Learning and Development, IPG Mediabrands
Awards & Achievements
- Scored 12 As in SPM
HELP University Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Hons), 2019, under HELP CEO Full Scholarship. She was also the sole recipient of the Tan Sri Datuk Paduka Hajjah Saleha Award for academic excellence, outstanding extra-curricular activities and excellent leadership.
Global Champion of the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge (MGAC) 2017, earning champion’s prize for her team, of USD 40,000 and the individual prize of USD 1,000, and interned at Maybank’s New York branch.
Participated in numerous global and regional youth, environmental and sustainability leadership and operational initiatives, including:
- Co-Founder, AgriMatch, a digital platform since December 2018, aimed at empowerment through ethical connection between farmers and middlemen.
- Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Rice Inc., since march 2018, a student-led social enterprise that aims to combat food insecurity and farmers’ poverty by increasing farmers’ accessibility to rice-processing technology. Rice Inc won Hult Prize Foundation Prize (called the ‘Nobel Prize for Students,” in 2018 of USD 1 million in seed funding for sustainable supply chain solutions for food insecurity and farmers’ poverty in Myanmar.
- Member & Head Editor, Malaysian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – representing the voice of Malaysian Youth at international conferences in contributed to the Malaysian Youth Statement on climate change.
Studied at HELP International School and recipient of the Principal’s Award and Asian Scholars Award.
Idayu Izreen Ismail
Previously HELP PSI CHI Tutor and English Teacher, Idayu Izreen is currently a Freelance Content Writer and Early Childhood Educator.
In 2018, Idayu completed her Foundation in Science at HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC), scoring a CGPA of 3.52/4.00, after which, registered for the HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology degree, completing it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.75/4.00 and graduated with 1st Class Honours.
Recipient of HELP-STAR Education Fund Full Scholarship Award for both her Foundation and Psychology studies.
Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, for SPM, scoring 7As and 3 Bs. She was awarded the Pelajar Cemerlang, (Student of Excellence) Award. Recipient of Ministry of Education Biasiswa Kecil Persekutuan (Federal Small Scholarship) Award, 2009-2013, and the PMR (Middle Secondary Examination) Excellence Award by Branding Education Charity Foundation, 2012.
HELP HMC Student Representative, Student Facilitator, Peer to Peer Mentor, Movie Channel Video Editor, Director and Hon Secretary, 2014-2015.
HELP Psychology Peer Supporter Welfare Assistant 2015-2016 and PSI CHI Social Media Officer 2018.
HELP Choir 2015-2017 and had performed at public and diplomatic social events.
With over 600,000 members, PSI CHI is the largest student psychological organisation in the world. It was founded for encouraging and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science. HELP University is Psi Chi’s first chapter in Asia.
Jonathan Choo Kam Kitt
Graduate Tutor, HELP University, since 2019.
Core member since 2018 of HELP’s Cerebro Lab (EEG Lab). An initiative of Jonathan and his course mates, the EEG Lab began operations in Jan 2019 for tutorials and preliminary research with Jonathan spearheading a pilot study on Bilingualism and Inhibitory Control using EEG Techniques. While EEG equipment focuses on research, it can be used to diagnose brain disorders.
Jonathan studied at SMK Setia Alam, Selangor, scoring 7 As and 2 Bs for his SPM, completed his Foundation studies under the HELP Distinction Partial Scholarship at HELP Matriculation Centre. He then undertook HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology studies in 2015, under HELP’s Loyalty and Merit Partial Scholarships, completed it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.87, and graduated with 1st Class Hons.
Jonathan received the US Global Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) Scholarship and spent one semester of studies at the end of 2017 at Montclair State University, New Jersey. He achieved a CGPA of 3.75 and volunteered at Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, a social organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs.
In collaboration with colleagues and UGRAD alumni, Jonathan hosted a forum/workshop on LGBTQ+ issues relevant to Malaysia on 5 June 2018 and 13 Feb 2019 as part of Gender Studies Coursework, working closely with PT foundation and Justice For Sisters. Using materials from Montclair State University’s Safe Space Training workshop, Jonathan spearheaded the event to promote inclusivity and acceptance of the LGBTQ society in Malaysia and hope to impact society through education.
Hui Yen Ling
- Completed HELP Bachelor of Psychology degree under Merit Partial Scholarship, scored a 3.72 CGPA and graduated with 1st Class Hons, 2019
- Completed Foundation in Arts at HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) under Distinction Partial Scholarship, scoring a 3.25 CGPA, 2015
- Studied at SMK (P) Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, scoring 5 As and 4 Bs,for SPM, 2013.
- Represented HELP at M’sian Assn of Private Colleges & Universities (MAPCU) Taekwondo sparring competition, black belt category, 2015 and 2016
- M’sian Private Higher Edu Institutions Sports Council (MASISWA) Taekwondo Championship Runner-up
- Academic Research Trainee, 2017 to 2018, Psychology Peer Tutor, 2018
- HELP University PSI CHI Vice President, 2017 to 2018, (founded in 1929 in the US, HELP is the 1st Chapter in Asia of PSI CHI, one of the largest international honor societies in psychology with more than 1,150 chapters).
- Research presenter at conferences: – International Conference on Existential-Humanistic Psychology, 2018 – ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Socities-M’sia Int’l Psychology Conference, 2019
- “Behind The Masks” Forums on mental health issues, forum committee member since,2018
- Participant in White Belt category at 2018 Inter GF Team (Grapple Fight Team) Competition (BJJ – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu), Yen Ling has been upgraded in 2019 to Blue Belt.
Jacquelin Choy Yheng Yheng
After graduating with her HELP University (HELP) Bachelor of Psychology degree, Jacquelin Choy started her career as one of the pioneer Recruitment Consultants in Hiredly – the recruitment division of WOBB, (acronym for Working On Bean Bags), Malaysian tech start-up job search platform founded in 2014, that accentuates career opportunities within the Gen Y talent pool.
Completed her HELP Bachelor of Psychology degree under HELP’s Merit Partial Scholarship for all 3 years of studies, scored a CGPA of 3.92/4.00, and graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2018.
Obtained her Foundation in Arts in 2015 completed with the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) under HELP’s Distinction Scholarship, scoring a CGPA of 3.70/4.00.
Jacquelin studied at SMK Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, Selangor, and scored 9 As for her SPM.
“Recruitment is people business. So is psychology. I firmly believe that my learning in psychology effectively provided me with the transferable skills needed to match-make companies with the right prospects: adapting to different personalities and characters, reading non-verbal behaviour during interviews, and identifying the motivation and drive behind career decisions. Psychology in the organizational context greatly benefits me in my role; I am able to identify and highlight companies’ cultures and perks, and apply these in creating enticing offers that appeal to prospects of various backgrounds and needs”.
Damian Chuah Tjun Kit
- Since 2019, HR Advisor (International Mobility) with Shell Malaysia, managing the focal point for expatriates moving to the Middle East and coordination of the entire transfer process.
- Self employed in 2018, as freelance article writing, SPSS analysis, and voice-overs.
- Intern at AIA HR Division in 2017.
Obtained Year 11 Completion Certificate at Alpha Omega Home School Academy in 2013, then, completed Foundation studies in 2015 at HELP Matriculation Centre under Distinction Scholarship, scoring a CGPA of 3.76. Damian commenced the HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology programme in 2015, completing it successfully in 2018, under HELP Merit and Loyalty Partial Scholarship, with a CGPA of 3.88 and graduating with 1st Class Hons.
Damian’s varied interests and extracurricular activities include:
- Speaker at International Conference on Existential-Humanistic Psychology Conference
- Winner of MMI Mental Health (Ongoing) Research Presentation
- Performance Coordinator, HELP University Choir
- Vocalist and Pianist, FrequenC
- Member of PSI CHI the largest international student psychological organisation in the world, with HELP being its first chapter in Asia.
- Editor, MATRICS, HMC’s periodical
- Grand Prize (Asia) winner at the age of 12, of Scholastic’s The 39 Clues Competition, the global children’s publishing and education, multi-media adventure series in which children from all over the world who read the books, collect the cards, and plays the game, participate in a tournament testing their knowledge of “The 39 Clues”.
Andrea Chew Wenjuan
Since January 2018, Andrea has been Strategic Resourcing Consultant with Alexis International, Kuala Lumpur, a boutique executive search organization founded in 2011. Alexis serves businesses by connecting them with the professional contingent work force to advance the business to greater heights. Alexis also serves professionals by connecting them with businesses that provide not only rewarding benefits but also the growth factor for achieving their full career potential.
She commenced the HELP University Bachelor of Psychology degree programme in 2015 and received the Kuok Foundation Tan Sri Dato’ Oh Siew Nam Scholarship worth RM 90,000 for her studies. She completed the BPsych in 2018 with a CGPA score of 3.88/4.00 and graduated in 2019 with 1st Class Honours.
Andrea studied at the Alice Smith International School, Kuala Lumpur under full scholarship and obtained 2 As and 2 Bs for her A-Levels, 2015.
She had schooled at SMK Convent, Taiping, Perak, scoring 10 As for her SPM in 2013.
Extracurricular / Social Activities:
- Volunteer at Life Equip
- 2018 – HELP Psi Chi Chapter President; with over 600,000 members, PSI CHI is the largest student psychological organisation in the world and HELP is Psi Chi’s first chapter in Asia.
- 2017 – HELP Psychology Student Union Treasurer
- 2016 – HELP Psychology Peer Support Group Treasurer
- 2016 – FrequenC musician/performer
Elena Tan Jing Hon
Occupied as an assistant psychologist until recently, Elena Tan has registered as a candidate for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree course at University Science Malaysia (USM), Penang, and is scheduled to commence her studies in September 2019.
Elena completed the Bachelor of Psychology programme at HELP University from 2016 to 2019, with a CGPA score of 3.87/4.00 and graduated with 1st Class Hnours. She was recipient of HELP’s Distinction and Merit Partial Scholarship for all three years of study.
Completed Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT or WACE) pre-university studies at a private university college and scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 93.05, signifying an achievement better than 93% of her peers.
Elena studied at SMK Katholik (Catholic High School), Petaling Jaya, scoring 10 As for her SPM.
- Social Media Coordinator of Psychology Student Union (PSU) in 2016-2017.
- Represented the Psychology Department at the 2016 HELP Sports Carnival and was 2nd runner-up in the Long Jump event.
- Active netball player from 2012 to 2015.
Ong Shi Xian
Ong Shi Xian was an Elementary School Teacher in 2014, Intern at a Special Needs Centre in 2017, Peer Tutor at HELP University in 2018 and then, Early Childhood Educator since 2019.
Commenced HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology degree course in 2016, completed it in 2018 with an excellent CGPA of 4.0/4.0, and graduated in 2019 with 1st Class Honours. Her final year thesis was entitled, “Whose Responsibility? The Moderating Role of Gender Role Attitude on Fathers’ and Mothers’ Practice on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Prevention Communication with Their Children”. Shi Xian was recipient of HELP’s Merit Scholarship for all three years of study”.
Completed Foundation Studies at HELP University under HELP’s Distinction Scholarship, and achieved a CGPA of 3.64/4.00.
Studied at SMK Tanjung Datuk High School, Johor, scoring 11 As for her SPM.
Shi Xian had participated in the following extracurricular/sports activities:
- Director of Volunteer Coordinators for the 10th HELP Cup Asia High School Chinese Debate Open Championship, 2017
- Athletics events in HELP Sports Carnival (Trekathon, Road Relay, Race Events), 2016-2018.
- Content creator of Light A Life 4.0, 2018.
- Performer (vocalist) for FrequenC annual concert, 2016.
Shi Xian has this to share: “Psychology is more than an academic learning course. Various useful skills are learned, such as self-awareness, active listening, interpersonal skills and general research skills”.
Ooi Yee Xin
Impassioned to improve the well-being of special needs individuals, Ooi Yee Xin is Coach at WYNKIDS, teaching and motivating students to have the right attitude and mindset in life, and aiming to promote their well-being to create a positive societal impact. While interned in 2017 at SI World, Yee Xin was exposed to Sensory-Integration, Occupational and Speech Therapy, and Physiotherapy.
- Completed HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) programme under HELP’s Merit Partial Scholarship with a CGPA of 3.87/4.00 and graduated with 1st Class Hons, 2019.
- Completed Foundation in Arts in 2015 at HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) under Distinction Partial Scholarship and achieved a CGPA of 3.64/4.00.
- Studied at SMK Taman Molek Secondary School, Johor, scoring 10As in SPM, 2014.
Academic Research Trainee of International Conference on Existential-Humanistic Psychology, 2017-18 Treasurer of HELP PLAY Drama Club, 2016-2018, Co-organiser of HELP Asian Cultural Café, 2017 Production Team Sub-committee member of FrequenC 8th Annual Concert, 2016 Volunteer for various club events:
- Malaysian Psychology Student Assembly (MAPSA), 2016,
- Psychology School Convention, 2016,
- HELP University Chinese Cultural Society Event 2nd and 3rd Mid-Autumn Festival, 2017 and 2018,
- 10th HELP Cup Asia High School Chinese Debate Open Championship, 2017,
- Light a Life 4.0 Charity Run, 2018.
Joshua Ma Zhung Zhang
Joshua is a pioneer team recruitment consultant with Hiredly, the headhunting/recruitment division arm of WOBB, (Working On Bean Bags), Malaysian 2014 tech start-up job search platform, that accentuates career opportunities within the Gen Y talent pool.
He is also SupaAgent with Supahands, founded in Malaysia in 2014, as an outsourcing platform that helps companies across the globe, from the Asia-Pacific to the USA, scale and save on resources through the outsourcing of their business operations, achieved through their remote task force of ”SupaAgents” from across S. E. Asia. Joshua achieved top sales in one month for Supahands and managed to seal RM 90,000 of business within 10 months.
Joshua completed his HELP University (HELP) Bachelor of Psychology degree programme in 2018 under HELP’s Merit Partial Scholarship, achieved a CGPA of 3.81, and graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2019. He has always been intrigued with cognitive psychology and scored a High Distinction 1 for his thesis titled, “Mindset Priming and Thought Consciousness on Creativity”.
He completed his Foundation studies in 2015 with the HELP Matriculation Centre, achieving a 3.70 CGPA.
Joshua studied at SMK Taman Connaught in K. Lumpur, scoring 4 As and 6 B+s for his SPM in 2013.
- Represented HELP’s Captain Ball Society for internal and external competitions.
- Participated in and contributed to the success of Psychology Department’s 9th Sports Carnival.
- Psi Chi Honor Society.
“One of the most valuable lessons learned at HELP is to find a good balance between academic and social involvement. Having always been only slightly above mediocre in terms of academic achievements prior to my degree, HELP nurtured me with the learning environment and instilled in me, a passion for psychology to go the extra mile and excel”.
Colleen Ng Phaik Ying
Colleen is Pastoral Care Teacher in Nobel International School, Petaling Jaya, whose role includes identifying students’ emotional and/or behavioral needs and learning difficulties, and facilitating for the provision of the right support for them.
Studied for HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor of Psychology degree course from 2015 to 2018 under HELP Merit Partial Scholarship, achieved a CGPA of 3.92 and graduated in 2019 with 1st Class Hons.
Completed HELP’s Foundation in Arts under HELP’s Distinction Partial Scholarship in 2015, scoring a CGPA of 3.67.
- Assistant Marketing Coordinator for Peer Support Group (PSG), 2016
- Usher for Malaysia, Music Cares – Music Therapy Conference, 2016
- Organising Committee and Member for Psychology Camp, 2016
- Organising Committee Member (Marketing Department) for Malaysian Psychology Student Assembly, and Oral and Poster Presenter for (MAPSA), 2016
- Psi Chi Member since 2016
- Vice President for Psychology Student Union (PSU) 2016/2017
- Coordinator for the Psychology Team for 2017 HELP Sports Carnival
- Chairperson for Malaysian International Psychology Conference (MIPC), 2017
- Assisted in LIFE (Literacy Impact and Family Education) 2018 programme workshops conducted by HELP lecturers, by educating parents on emotional intelligence
- Volunteer for Psychology School Convention 2017 & 2018
- Research presenter for ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS) in Bali, 2018
- Participant, since 2015 in Outreach programmes in Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur:
– As tutor for underprivileged students; and
– In serving food to underprivileged old folks.
Elaine Frances Fernandez
Elaine is with HELP University’s (HELP) Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, from 2015 as Social Psychology Researcher and Senior Lecturer, and from 2017, as Head of Department, where she designed and implemented a comprehensive student welfare system, and initiated curriculum review to align the undergraduate programmes with evolving industry relevance, and supervises a team of 50 academic and administrative staff.
Previously, she was Senior Administrative Assistant with Cornerstone, a Scottish charity and social enterprise that provides support and care to children, and adults and older adults, with a range of long-term conditions and challenges; and Graduate Tutor for many subjects/Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Coordinator in the PAL programme for students facing difficulties in their academic performance, at HELP’s Department of Psychology.
Elaine completed HELP Bachelor of Psychology studies, under HELP Merit Partial Scholarship, graduating in 2010 with First Class Hons. She advanced to postgraduate studies at the University of Surrey in England, one of the UK’s leading research universities with a global reputation for academic excellence, graduating in 2013 with MSc in Social Psychology with Distinction.
Elaine studied at SMK Methodist, Klang in Selangor, scoring 10 As and 1 B for her SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2004, and also at Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya, for her STPM (Higher School Certificate) for which she obtained 1 A and 2 Bs, in 2006. She had been a volunteer, during her school days, for SPCA, Selangor.
Yeong Wen Joe
Yeong Wen Joe has a good track record in academic studies and extracurricular activities. He continues to broaden his skills in understanding and managing human behavior, through various work and volunteering experiences.
Since early 2020, Wen Joe is Marketing Associate with Shopee. Shopee, described as one of the “5 disruptive ecommerce startups in 2015” by Tech In Asia, is the leading online shopping platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan that offers convenient and seamless C2C and B2C shopping to users that are looking to shop anytime, anywhere. Wen Joe was previously Media Planning Intern with Mediabrands Malaysia in 2018, overseeing multiple concurrent marketing campaigns across the Asia Pacific. From 2016 to 2017, he had also been a Private Math Tutor for the SPM examination, and Childcare Worker with QH Educare Centre, at Taman SEA in Petaling Jaya, that provides personal guidance to young academically weak schoolchildren.
In 2016, Wen Joe registered for HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology programme, completed it in 2019 under HELP’s bursary and Merit Awards, achieving a CGPA of 3.80 and graduating with 1st Class Honours. During his studies at HELP, he was a member of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Psi Chi Honor Society.
Wen Joe studied at SMJK Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya, scoring 9As and 1 B for his SPM in 2013, and completed the American Degree Transfer Programme from 2014 to 2015 at a private university in Petaling Jaya, with a CGPA of 3.79.
Gary Yap Hou Huai
In 2014, Gary Yap founded MY Psychology, (MYPsych), and since 2019, is its Director and Clinical Psychologist. In the top 30 of Selangor State Government’s Startup Accelerator Programme, and Malaysia’s 1st online psychology educational platform with more than 200,000 followers, MYPsych aims to raise psychology literacy and well-being for ordinary people. In 2019, MYPsych opened its centre in Kuala Lumpur, providing professional psychotherapy services, and talks/workshops for individuals/organisations. Gary was previously Clinical Psychologist Associate with SOLS Health in 2018/19, and Paracounsellor at Klinik Pakar Dr John Tan.
Gary prides himself on winning the Jury Award for his video, ”Why Don’t We Help Others?” for the American Psychological Association (APA) 2019 Psycshorts Video Contest, the only Malaysian entry among the award winners, screened at the APA headquarters in Washington D.C. and to thousands at the August APA Convention in Chicago.
He completed his HELP University Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree in 2015, graduating with a CGPA of 3.49, then, advanced to Master of Clinical Psychology postgraduate studies from 2016 – 2018 at University Kebangsaan Malaysia. He studied at Yu Yuan Secondary School in Sandakan, Sabah, scoring 9 As + 2 Bs for his SPM (M’sian Certificate of Education) in 2010, and 4 As + 4 Bs for his UEC (Examination for independent Chinese secondary schools).
A professional member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and life-time member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), Gary has been invited speaker at Yayasan Khazanah, hospitals, universities and schools, and interviewed in the media. He co-authored “A Case Study of MY Psychology: Malaysia’s First Online Psychoeducational Platform”, (DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6073-9.ch003).
Evone Phoo Yee Mun
Senior Lecturer and Master of Clinical Psychology Programme Chair at HELP University (HELP) since 2018, Evone Phoo is progressing at the University of Malaya since 2017 as a candidate for her PhD (Counselling psychology) research studies. From 2014 to 2018, she was HELP lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, and in 2014, was part-time undergraduate lecturer. Her previous roles include Clinical Psychologist at Dr John Tan Psychiatric Clinic, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at HELP and Para-Counsellor with People Development Consulting.
Evone grew up in Ipoh, Perak where she schooled at SMK Ave Maria Convent, scoring 5 As for her SPM in 2001 before progressing to a private college in Selangor, scoring 8 As for her Foundation studies in 2002, and completing her Diploma in Business in 2004.
She went to Queensland University of Technology, graduating in 2016, with the Bachelor of Business in Finance and Economics degree with a score of 6.5/7.00 (equivalent to a CGPA of 4.0) and to Coventry University for her second degree: BSc in Applied Psychology, graduating in 2011 with 1st Class Hons. She registered with HELP in 2012, for her Master of Clinical Psychology postgraduate studies, graduating in 2014 with an excellent CGPA of 3.77.
Evone’s professional certifications, membership and exposure include:
- Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis with London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH);
- Existential Psychology Workshop, and Exposure and Response Prevention Workshop;
- Training Family Therapy Workshop with Professor A Maurizio;
- Grief Therapy Workshop with Dr. R Neimeyer, and Insight Based Therapy Workshop;
- International Conference on Existential Psychology;
- Using Person-centered Expressive Arts Therapy for Emotional Healing; and
- Member of Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP).
Timothy Liew Tze Hao
Timothy Liew is Quantitative Methods Lecturer at HELP University’s (HELP) Faculty of Behavioural Sciences since November 2019, leveraging data wrangling, visualisation, statistical modelling and machine learning to unravel and transform raw data into actionable insights, complementing his data analytical skills with his strong background in psychology and research methods.
He was previously HELP Academic Tutor from 2016 – 2018, who, in addition to designing and teaching psychology research methods and statistical analyses, also led a team in overhauling teaching content and streamlining academic and administrative processes, among other spearheading innovative achievements, at the Faculty.
Timothy, from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, studied at at Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, scoring 8 As + 2 Bs for his SPM in 2010, and completed his UEC in 2011. He completed his A-Levels in 2012 and progressed to HELP University for his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) studies, graduating in 2016 with a CGPA of 3.90 and 1st Class Hons. He went to the University of Warwick at Coventry in the UK for postgraduate studies and graduated in 2019 with MSc in Behavioural and Data Science, with Distinction.
He is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), and during his studies at HELP, participated in the organization/facilitation of the Colloquium Presentations held every semester. Representing HELP, Timothy presented his Bachelor of Psychology thesis at the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) in Yokohama, Japan.
Timothy’s certifications include Introduction to R, Intermediate R Course and Machine Learning Fundamentals in R from Datacamp Inc, the New York-based team of data analytics enthusiasts who provide free, global interactive data science and statistics education.
Au Yong Ee Qing
Ee Ching completed her secondary school at SMJK Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya, scoring 5 As and 4 Bs for her SPM in 2014. She, then, registered with the HELP University (HELP) Matriculation Centre (HMC) for her Foundation of Arts studies from 2015 to 2016, was awarded HELP’s Distinction Partial Scholarship for her studies. She succeeded in obtaining good grades for Foundation studies, achieving a CGPA of 3.31. Her extracurricular activities at HMC included writing for the HMC student digital publication, Sphere.
In 2016, she was admitted as a candidate for the HELP Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree programme. Receiving HELP’s Merit Partial Scholarship for her psychology studies, she completed it late 2019 with the submission of her graduation thesis, “Too Cute for School: The Effect of Kindchenschema Cuteness on Memory Recall”, and graduated in late 2019 with a CGPA of 3.77/4.00 and First Class Honours.
Upon graduation, she interned with International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the IT, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. Fresh out of internship, Ee Ching is exploring opportunities for an interesting and rewarding career, and at the same time, planning for postgraduate studies in due course, to elevate her learning and confidence further. Ee Qing’s industry experience also includes:
- Brand Team Internhip in 2018 with 8Mad Group, a regional full-service branding and marketing consultancy, specializing in delivering high-ROI solutions to clients through integrated Branding, Marketing and effective sales management; and
- Exposure in sales and service in the F & B industry.
Ee Qing shares her belief for the right attitude when facing challenges: “When there is will, there is a way; I believe in human potential and capabilities for creating successes”.
Fung Chai Ying
Fung Chai Ying is OPPO Malaysia Talent Acquisition Specialist since Jul 2019, conducting the full cycle of recruitment management, including managing social media, and developing business relationship with recruitment agencies, consultancies, university partners and career fair organisers.
Her industry experience and exposure include:
- The role of sales consultant in 2019 with Bell Telecommunications; and
- Sales Associateship with Amcall Wireless, 2018
Chai Ying grew up in Ampang, K. Lumpur, schooled at SMK Hulu Kelang, scoring 9 As and 1 B for her SPM in 2013, and was awarded a scholarship for completing Foundation in Science studies in 2015 with HELP College of Arts and Technology, achieving a CGPA of 3.82. She registered for HELP University’s (HELP), Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) programme, received HELP’s Merit Partial Scholarship Award for her studies and graduated in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.73 and Second Class (Upper) Hons.
In 2017, Chai Ying was HELP University Psi Chi Tutor when she tutored students in Social Psychology, and was their peer mentor, and in the marketing committee for the Malaysia International Psychology Conference (MIPC).
She was a volunteer for the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, (MCCHR); a non-partisan, non-profit organization, established in 2011, to provide an integrated approach towards the protection and promotion of human rights in Malaysia via its UndiMsia! and strategic litigation programmes, and helped plan the launch on an academic freedom campaign. In 2017, Chai Ying participated in the launch of an anti cyberbullying campaign, People Against Cyber Threat/Harassment (PeopleACT), and also played a character in the play, TakFunny, aimed at raising public awareness of online cyberbullying.
Aaron Ezekiel A/L Edward
A 2013 Bachelor of Pscychology, (BPsych), (Hons) graduate of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences of HELP University, (HELP), Aaron is a strong believer in producing quality content and delivering well-researched and effective execution of strategic digital solutions and an objective-driven professional approach, with a strong human perspective. Dynamic organisations have, for several decades, been infusing behavioural science expertise, and continues to infuse such expertise, for success in corporate management, especially HRM. Aaron has been investing his versatility, competence and confidence since March 2020 in being a rewarding free-lance solution provider in digital marketing and strategy.
His previous experiences include:
- In 2019, Digital Strategist in 2019, with EMQ Inc, a global financial settlement network with connectivity to fast, secure transfers (FAST) network across Singapore and the region, providing global businesses with an enhanced digital payments ecosystem;
- From 2018 – 2019, Digital Strategist in K Lumpur with Me.reka Makerspace, an innovative education space for students and professionals to sharpen their skills to excel in solving complex, global problems, as well as Chief Marketing Officer, with dailyWOW, overseeing the growth, through strategic collaboration, of online/offline travel/documentary style media content platform; and
- Volunteer in 2017, as Digital Marketing & Content Creator, for the Malaysian Ministry of Finance, HDLF Tourism Academy – VIP Fellowship project in Cambodia, to overcome rural poverty/ unemployment by training youth in English, IT and Career Skills for tourism jobs. The VIP Fellowship Program is a platform for professionals to volunteer at host organizations (social enterprises & NGOs) in Southeast Asian countries.
- In 2017 he was also Digital Literacy Instructor for the UNICEF-Biji-Biji Initiative, to elevate digital literacy for marginalised children, in Sabah schools.
- Various roles from 2015 to 2017, in Digital Marketing, Strategy Strategy and Content Creation for 5 other organisations in the Klang Valley, including an incubator for start-ups in the Asian region.
Aaron was a candidate for the HELP BPscyh (Hons), commencing the programme in 2009 and graduating in 2013. Prior to his tertiary studies, he had obtained his South Australian Matriculation qualification in 2009 at a private college in Penang and before, studied at SMK Methodist ACS(M), Sitiawan, for his SPM that he completed in 2007, receiving A grades for 6 subjects.
Aaron is conversant in 4 languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Ho Kah Mun
Kah Mun is Talent & Rewards Consultant in Kuala Lumpur (KL) since December 2019, with British multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory firm, Willis Towers Watson, one of the world’s top insurance brokers, with over 45,000 employees in more than 140 countries. Previously, she was:
- Associate Consultant, Advisory, from 2018-2019, in KL, with global organisational consulting firm, Korn Ferry Hay Group, designing strategies to improve organisational effectiveness, optimise workforce productivity, and manage talent solutions for clients;
- Consultant and Psychologist from 2015-2018, in KL, with Harrison Assessments Asia; specialising in psychometric testing, behavioural profiling, personal effectiveness, and designing talent management frameworks and processes, across multiple industries; and
- Clinical Psychologist Trainee and Postgraduate Placement from 2013-2014, with the Centre for Psychological and Counselling Services, Kajang Hospital.
To be equipped with holistic psychological knowledge, innovative skills and professional attitude to fulfill her commitment to address a wide range of behavioural issues and disorders,.Kah Mun registered in 2013, for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences of HELP University, and successfully completed it in 2015, graduating with a CGPA of 3.83/4.00. Her research paper, on the development of resilience through parenting and autonomy, contributed to the enhancement of strategies in clinical interventions.
In 2012, she graduated from Cardiff University, Wales, with BSc in Psychology with 2nd Class Upper Hons. At Cardiff, Kah Mun was in the University Ladies Badminton Team, active in the Malaysian Students’ Society of Cardiff University, a volunteer at the Whitchurch Mental Health Hospital and social service volunteer for Cardiff Action for Single Homelessness. She is currently a competitive marathoner and actively participates in running events across Malaysia.
Josephine, from Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, (KL), joined Ernst & Young (EY) KL in 2019 as Talent Acquisition Executive, managing high-volume campus internship, recruitment and placement, and branding initiatives through public and personal engagement. Headquartered in London, EY is one of the global Big 4 of multinational accounting and professional services networks, providing financial, assurance and operations, HR, and technology consultancy.
Previously, she was:
- In 2018, Intern with Hatching Center Special Needs School, in Petaling Jaya, teaching, and engaging with children with learning difficulties;
- In 2017, Intern with Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (Generasi Gemilang Foundation), providing academic assistance, and leadership and character building programmes for poor urban children, and for schools;
- From 2014-2015, Tutor and Administrator in KL, with USA-based Trinity Educational Centre, KL, teaching , guiding and performing assessments for primary and secondary school students;
In 2016, Josephine registered with HELP University, (HELP), for the Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, received HELP’s Distinction and Merit partial scholarships for her studies, then transferred in 2017 to HELP’s partner university, Cardiff in Wales, to complete her tertiary education. She completed it in 2019, graduating with her BSc in Psychology (Hons). She was in the Malaysian Student Society of Cardiff University PR and Marketing sub-committee, the Cardiff Festival of Diversity XV sponsorship team, and performed at the Festival. She also volunteered for the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and Cardiff Chinese Christian Church.
Josephine studied at SMK Bukit Jalil, KL, obtaining her SPM in 2013 with a score of 9 As and 1 B+. She completed her Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) with Methodist College, (MCKL), under a Merit Scholarship, achieving an ATAR score of 96.2, ranking in the top 3.8% of the 2015 cohort of candidates. Josephine was also MCKL’s WACE 2015 prize winner for the subject, Mathematics (Stage 3AB).
Jason Michael Yap Kean Beng
Jason is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah where he studied at Tshung Tsin Secondary School for his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) and UEC pre-university qualification. His journey from schoolboy athlete to dance enthusiast/ professional; first led him to:
- HELP University (HELP) in Kuala Lumpur for tertiary studies in psychology, graduating in 2015, with his HELP-Flinders University Bachelor of Psychological Science Joint Degree, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; (in 2017, his research was selected for the International Symposium for Practice as Research and for the International Psychology Conference in 2015), and then, to
- The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) – under full scholarship – from where he graduated with his 2nd degree in 2019: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), majoring in Contemporary Dance, winning the Director’s Award.
Jason has been an ensemble member since, 2019, of Divadlo Študio Tanca, Slovakia’s professional dance theatre, unique in its artistic focus on authorial work, and respect for artists’ creative expression. He had his first independent performance with Divaldo and guest appeared for a double-bill concert featuring the most talented musicians. He was celebrated as a Malaysian dancer, in the news in Slovakia.
Hong Kong was the last place he had envisioned of going to, but Jason exults that his HKAPA experience was a baptism of fire and the accomplishment of his dreams. He performed works for well-known choreographers and represented HKAPA at various international dance events across the globe. In 2017, Jason was co-producer/co-choreographer his first full-length dance. In 2018, he founded, and was Creative Director, of the STAGE Creators Collective @HKAPA, a student-driven initiative of live and digital performance space that showcased innovative interdisciplinary works both onsite and online.
Mas Mahathir Mohammad
Since graduating with his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree from HELP University’s (HELP) Faculty of Behavioural Sciences in early 2016, Mahathir has been devoting his energy to helping corporate leaders and youths develop their essential skills, ranging from communication skills and public speaking skills. In 2017, he co-founded Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, (KL), and is the Principal Trainer, focusing on building confidence in the new generation through the art of public speaking. He also co-founded Infinex Solutions Asia Consultancy Sdn Bhd, KL, specializing in providing training, speaking, team-building services to develop talent for corporate organizations.
Within 2 years of the company’s inception, Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking has been awarded the “Industry Excellence in Training and Development” by the Malaysia Top Achievers Awards 2019. The award was presented by the Tengku Laksamana of Selangor, Tengku Sulaiman Shah.
Mahathir is a certified HRDF Trainer (2016), and aside from that, his industry licenses, certifications, and achievements, include the Dale Carnegie High Impact Presentation Accomplishment Certification in 2019, the NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner certification in 2018 from NaviGo Global, and the NASAGA (North American Simulation and Gaming Association) “Learning/Training Games” Practitioner in 2017. Aside from that, Mahathir is also a multiple-time Toastmasters International, District, Division and Area Level, Speech Contest Champion, representing Malaysia on the International Stage as the top 28 Semi Finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking (2020). Dedicated to growth, Mahathir has even been coached by the World Champion of Public Speaking 2019, Aaron Beverly.
Mahathir had studied at SMK SEAFIELD (National Secondary School) in Subang Jaya, for his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2010, then proceeded to HELP’s Matriculation Centre (HMC), for his Foundation in Arts studies, obtaining his pre-university qualification in 2012.
Mas Marlena Mohamad
Marlena is Co-founder and Managing Partner of IMPACS since 2019. IMPACS aims to develop the social services industry by training, equipping and empowering social workers for the betterment of the industry in Malaysia. It also provides Public Speaking Training under license from the Mahathir Academy of Public Speaking, and Communications Training (specifically Adult Pronunciation Skill Training) under the Youtube Channel brand, “Correcc or not?!”. Earlier in 2019, she was General Manager of Mahathir Academy, co-founded by her brother/fellow HELP alumni. The Academy focuses on helping the new generation build confidence through the art of public speaking.
Her previous industry roles and experience include:
- Senior Business Development from 2017-2018 at Quest Group Company-Money Masteryasia, a global coaching and mentoring organisation dedicated to help members and the community achieve financial freedom through multiple sources of income;
- Teacher from 2016-2-17 at Pusat Tuisyen Kasturi, providing quality tuition to candidates for the PT3,SPM and STPM exams, and in 2012, at Enopi Bangsar, a global leader in supplemental Maths and Language education; and
- Administrative Assistant in 2015, at Hiichiikok Home for children care; and
In 2012, Marlena registered with the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University (HELP) for her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree, completed it and graduated in mid-2016; prior to which, she had completed her Foundation in Arts studies in 2014 at the HELP Matriculation Centre, (HMC). In 2018, she obtained her Certified Professional Trainer certificate from IPMA, UK and in 2020, received the Toastmasters International Distinguished Toastmaster award. She studied at SMK Seafield, obtaining her SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2009.
Marlena’s interests and skills are in the performing arts. She has been an avid musician and public speaker for more than 10 years. Marlena was also involved in martial arts of Ninjutsu. Marlena’s career advice: “It is wonderful and glamourous to be an entrepreneur, but it is important to know that resilience through hardships and learning from failure are among the underrated required skills to become a successful entrepreneur or business owner. Personally, I believe that one can gain a lot of strength and experience when working for others but it is good to know where you want to go, and join the industries that will help you get there. Normally, the first 5 years of work will determine where you will be for the rest of your life. So, know the goals, and enjoy the process of learning”.
Bilqis Bahari is a familiar media personality in Malaysia and Kazakhstan. Living in Nur-Sultan, (previously Astana), with her husband/fellow HELP alumni, Rustam Mukhanov, she is Programme Host and News Producer since 2017 with Kazakhstan’s Khabar Agency JSC, the country’s largest media organization. She writes breaking news stories and conducts exclusive TV interviews with high-ranking/prominent politicians and business figures, such as Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, former chairman of General Electric, Jeff Immelt, AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes, and World Bank economist, Shanta Devarajan. She is also Freelance Journalist from 2015 with The Astana Times, for both online and print interviews/ reviews.
Bilqis also has more than a decade of experience in print and broadcast journalism, starting her career in 2011 as a business/financial journalist with New Straits Times, covering the aviation industry and the Malaysian/Southeast Asian aerospace sector. In 2015, as Deputy News Editor and part of the Bloomberg TV Malaysia team, she had trained at Bloomberg Limited Partnership in Hong Kong, in broadcast journalism and news reporting. Bilqis previously interned in Kuala Lumpur (KL), with Arc Worldwide, in public relations.
Bilqis graduated in 2015 with her MBA (Marketing) degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, for which she completed research on the business model plan for a Malaysian-based low-cost carrier following passengers’ response to the increase in passenger service charge in Malaysia. In 2011, she completed and graduated her Bachelor (Hons) of Psychology degree at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, HELP University (HELP) for which she conducted research on ‘Alcohol Consumption and Female Sexual Behavior’, based on the Alcohol Myopia Theory and Expectancy Theory. Prior to her BPsych, she completed her Foundation in Arts at the HELP Matriculation Centre in 2006 after obtaining her SPM at SMK Taman Melawati, KL.
Bilqis is conversant in 4 languages: English, Malay, Russian and Burmese. She had served as a volunteer in 2010 for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, (UNHCR).
Serene Tan Zi Chien
Serene, from Pahang, is a practising Clinical Psychologist since June 2020, with the Malaysian Social Research Institute, a NGO, providing therapy for the humanitarian needs of minority refugee communities in Malaysia. From September 2020, she is also Associate Psychologist with People Psychological Solutions, a private psychological centre providing psychological assessment and therapy for Malaysians.
Earlier in 2020, she was engaged as Clinical Psychologist with The Wave Clinic, the first dedicated South East Asian residential care facility providing individual/group-based psychotherapy treatment for people from different countries, who are struggling with substance use/addictions, eating and personality disorders. Previously, from 2018-2019, Serene was Clinical Psychologist Trainee with:
- Growing Space Psychological Centre in KL and Seremban, working with UNHCR to provide psychological services for refugees who experienced gender-based violence and sexual abuse;
- RELATE Mental Health, promoting metal health through prevention and early effective, evidence-based intervention, and encouraging needful community support; and
- WeCare Allied Psychology Specialist Medical Centre that provides assessment and intervention for children/adults with mental related problems such as depression and anxiety, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Intellectual and Learning Disabilities and Language Disorder.
Serene studied at SMK Air Putih, Kuantan, scoring 10 As for her SPM in 2010. She registered with HELP University in 2011 for the Foundation in Science course at the HELP Matriculation Centre, receiving the Distinction Partial Scholarship for her studies and obtaining Distinction/High Distinction grades for 9 of the 13 subjects of the programme. To empower herself to support the psychological needs, and the growth and healing, of minds and souls, she elected in 2012 for the degree of the HELP Bach of Psychology (Hons) at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, receiving a Merit Partial Scholarship Award and graduating in 2016 with 1st Class Hons. To heighten her learning, competence and confidence, she advanced to HELP’s Master of Clinical Psychology postgraduate studies, successfully completed it and graduated in early 2020 with a CGPA of 3.94.
Serene is a full member of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and the PSI CHI International Honor Society. During her studies at HELP, she was Class Representative of Clinical Psychologist Trainees, Teacher Assistant for the National Autism Society of Malaysia and Clinical Psychologist Trainee with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Carmen Lee Ka-Mun
A Subang Jaya, Selangor, resident, Carmen started her psychology studies in 2012 with Nottingham University Malaysia and graduated in 2016 with her BSc in Psychology with 2nd Class Upper Hons. Developing a passion for, and commitment to, empowering individuals to manage psychological difficulties, Carmen decided to advance her learning and gain the competence and confidence to provide professional therapy and crises intervention treatment to those in need. In 2018, she registered with HELP University for the Master of Clinical Psychology(MCP) degree at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and graduated in early 2020 with a CGPA score of 3.73.
Shortly after her postgraduate studies, Carmen was engaged as Clinical Psychologist with the WeCare Allied Health Centre in K Lumpur, serving to provide excellent care/service to children and adults with mental and developmental disorders in Malaysia. Carmen’s previous career roles in 2019, included:
- Clinical Psychologist Trainee with Mentem Psychological Services, a client-centred mental health facility situated in Subang Jaya, providing psychological assessments and interventions for the psychological concerns of children, adolescents and adults;
- Clinical Psychologist Trainee with the Malaysia Mental Health Association, a voluntary, non-profit organization managed by interested individuals and professionals to promote mental health in the community; and
- Clinical Psychologist Trainee with Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR) Clinic, the refugee organization in Malaysia that supports and empowers refugees to advocate for the protection and rights of over 19,000 Chin refugees in the country.
Carmen completed her high school secondary education at SMK Subang Jaya 8 where she was a Girl Guide and Treasurer of the Badminton Club. Her undergraduate final year qualitative research was on “Students’ Perception on Parenting and its Effect on Children”. Carmen’s social/ extracurricular activities included being a volunteer for the Malaysian Cancer Council, Event Manager in the Nottingham Malaysia Action with Compassion and Empathy Society and Treasurer of the Frisbee Club.