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Department Overview

The objective of the Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling is to provide knowledge, training and research in the field of education and counseling at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. The department has 21 academic staff who are trained in counseling and various fields of education including Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, and Special Education.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Counselling and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. The programmes were established in 1997 and have since attracted students from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Oman, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Maldives. To date, both programmes have produced more than 500 graduates.

The Bachelor of Counselling programme provides education and professional training for those who aspire to be counselors in government departments or private sectors. The programme is recognized by the Civil Service Department and has received accreditation by Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education aims to provide education and professional training for those who are interested to be educators of young children or wish to establish their own early childhood education centres.

At the postgraduate level, the Department offers five programmes: Master of Early Childhood Education, Master of Counselling, Master of Education (Special Education), Master of Education (Measurement and Evaluation) and Master of Education (Education Psychology). The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is conducted either by research in five areas of study or by coursework and research in Counselling.

To further support its teaching and research activities, the Department has hosted several international and national seminars and conferences. The Department staff also have strong professional links with various organizations locally and internationally.

Head of Department

Dr. Mohd Nazri Abdul Rahman
Head of Department
Area Of Expertise : Early Childhood Education / Indigenous Education / Curriculum Design

Prof. Dr. Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar
Area Of Expertise : Developmental Psychology / Subjective Wellbeing / Moral Identity
laile@um.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Diana-Lea Baranovich
Area Of Expertise : Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders/ Trauma and Family At-Risk and in Transition / Educational Psychology and Theory
dr.diana@um.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lau Poh Li
Area Of Expertise : Career Counseling / Positive Psychology / Assessment in Counseling
janicepolly@um.edu.my

Dr. Norsafatul Aznin A. Razak
Area Of Expertise : Counseling / Couple Counseling / Family Counseling
safatul@um.edu.my

Dr. Ahmad Shamsuri Muhamad
Area Of Expertise : Rehabilitation Counseling / Positive Psychology / Disability Studies
shamsuri.muhamad@um.edu.my

Dr. Norfaezah Md. Khalid
Area Of Expertise : Counseling / Family Counseling / Disability Studies
norfaezah@um.edu.my

Dr. Amira Najiha Yahya
Area Of Expertise : Parenting / Fathering / Child and Adolescent
amirayahya@um.edu.my

Prof. Dr. Loh Sau Cheong, S.A.P
Area Of Expertise : Educational Psychology / Special Education / Research in Education
lohsch@um.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melati Sumari
Area Of Expertise : Marriage and Family Therapy / Counseling in Higher Education / Family and Adolescent Studies
melati@um.edu.my

Dr. Ida Hartina Ahmed Tharbe
Area Of Expertise : Group Counseling / Emotional Intelligence / Counseling Skills and Techniques
hartina@um.edu.my

Dr. Siaw Yan Li
Area Of Expertise : Educational Psychology / Special Education / Psychometrics
yanli@um.edu.my

Dr. Azmawaty Mohamad Nor
Area Of Expertise : Mental Health Counselling and Crisis Intervention / At-risk Adolescent Counseling / Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling
azy_mn@um.edu.my

Dr. Madhyazhagan a/l Ganesan
Area Of Expertise : Special Education Consultant & Development / Occupational Therapy / Clinical Coaching
madhya@um.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zahari Ishak
Area Of Expertise : Educational Psychology / Teaching and Learning / Applied Psychology
irahaz@um.edu.my

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rafidah Aga Mohd Jaladin
Area Of Expertise : Counselling Psychology / Multicultural Counselling / Mental Health Counselling and Crisis Intervention
rafidah_aga@um.edu.my

Dr. Fonny Dameaty Hutagalung
Area Of Expertise : Early Childhood Education (Child Development & Assessment) / Educational Psychology (Wellbeing, Cognitive Learning, Social Support) / Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PERMA)
fonny@um.edu.my

Dr. Harris Shah Abd Hamid
Area Of Expertise : Psychometrics (Testing and Measurement) / Organisational and Industrial Psychology (safety) / Psychology of Well-being
harris75@um.edu.my

Dr. Noor Aishah Bt. Rosli
Area Of Expertise : Psychological assessment / Diagnosis and assessment
aishahr@um.edu.my

Dr. Bambang Sumintono
Area Of Expertise : Psychometrics / Rasch Model / Educational Administration and Leadership
bambang@um.edu.my

Mrs. Shahida Binti Mahamud
Tel: +603 7967 5035
shida_mah@um.edu.my

Mrs. Rohaizal Akmal
Tel: +603 7967 5026
aiza@um.edu.my

Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
Faculty of Education
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: +603-7967 5035
Fax: +603-7967 5010

Last Update: 12/10/2021