• Faculty of Education
  • dekan_pendidikan@um.edu.my
  • 0379675000

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 staffs 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. Harris Shah Abd Hamid
Head of Department


Prof. Dr. Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar
Developmental Psychology / Subjective Wellbeing / Moral Identity

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lau Poh Li
Career Counseling / Positive Psychology / Assessment in Counseling

Dr. Norsafatul Aznin A. Razak
Counseling / Couple Counseling / Family Counseling

Dr. Ahmad Shamsuri Muhamad
Rehabilitation Counseling / Positive Psychology / Disability Studies

Dr. Norfaezah Md. Khalid
Counseling / Family Counseling / Disability Studies

Dr. Amira Najiha Yahya
Parenting / Fathering / Child and Adolescent

Prof. Dr. Loh Sau Cheong, S.A.P
Educational Psychology / Special Education / Research in Education

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melati Sumari
Marriage & Family Therapy / Counseling in Higher Education / Family & Adolescent Studies

Dr. Ida Hartina Ahmed Tharbe
Group Counseling / Emotional Intelligence / Counseling Skills and Techniques

Dr. Siaw Yan Li
Educational Psychology / Special Education / Psychometrics

Dr. Azmawaty Mohamad Nor
Mental Health Counselling and Crisis Intervention / At-risk Adolescent Counseling / Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Dr. Madhyazhagan a/l Ganesan
Special Education Consultant & Development / Occupational Therapy / Clinical Coaching

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zahari Ishak
Educational Psychology / Teaching and Learning / Applied Psychology

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rafidah Aga Mohd Jaladin
Counselling Psychology / Multicultural Counselling / Mental Health Counselling and Crisis Intervention

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fonny Dameaty Hutagalung
Child Development & Assessment / Educational Psychology / Organizational Psychology

Dr. Mohd Nazri Abdul Rahman
Early Childhood Education / Indigenous Education / Curriculum Design

Dr. Noor Aishah Bt. Rosli
Psychological assessment / Diagnosis and assessment

Dr. Bambang Sumintono
Psychometrics / Rasch Model / Educational Administration and Leadership

Mrs. Shahida Binti Mahamud
Tel: +603 7967 5035

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

Last Update: 14/04/2022