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Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling

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Name
Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 4540
Fax
+61 7 3138 4660
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), MSc Clinical Psychology (University of Punjab), AdvDip Clinical Psychology (University of Punjab), BA (University of Punjab)

Keywords

Clinical, transcultural and cross-cultural psychology, Scale development and validation, Culturally sensitive interventions, Cultural competency

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professional Memberships of National & International Organisations Elected member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Elected member of APS College of Clinical Psychology Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  Elected member of the Academy of Intercultural Relations

Teaching & Learning I am a Clinical Psychologist. I have coordinated 18 and lectured in 12 undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. Most of my curent teaching is in the Master and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology programs. My teaching scholarship is evident by novel  training strategies and innovations leading to successful and competent psychologists. I have develoepd three new units and three educational DVDs. I have expertise in psychological assessment, cultural competency and various therapuetic modalities.

Research interests

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Transcultural Psychology (migrants & refugees)

Specific interests include

  • Culturally sensitive assessment
  • Culturally sensitive intervention
  • Cultural competency of professionals
  • Test development and validation
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression

As a Clinical Psychologist my resreach is aligned with National Reserach Priorities and QUT’s and IHBI’s mission to enhance the mental health of the community members. I regularly address gaps in the literature by examining the anxiety and depression in the mainstream population. I have extended my reserach to culturally and linguistically diverse migrants, refugees and international students. I focus on mental health promotion, integration and social inclusivity of migrants, refugees and international students through acculturation, resilince and skill building interventions. My other salient contribution to the discipline is the development and validation of 14 questionnaires. I validated for the first time 9 popular clinical scales with the Australian population, so that they can be used effectively in the Australian clinical and research settings. I demonstrate innovation and creativity by developing 5 original questionnaires. I developed the first and the only questionnaires to measure university students’ depression, multicultural competencies and acculturation and resilience. These scales are used nationally and internationally. They student’ depression scale has been translated in different languages and is used in various counselling centres around the world.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja.

Teaching

Teaching highlights

Course Coordinator Master & Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2015 to date)

Research Coordinator Master & Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2008 to date)

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for

  • PYN027 Clinical Psychological Assessment (Masters / Doctorate of Clinical Psychology)
  • HLN712- Units 1 to 4 (Master in Clinical Psychology - Thesis units)
  • PY52 Units 1-8 (Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Thesis units)

Previously Unit Coordinator / Lecturer for

  • PYN030 Ethics and Professional Practice (Masters / Doctorate  of Clinical Psychology)
  • PYN603 Ethics and Professional Practice (Masters Educational and Developmental Psychology)
  • PYB311 Psychological Assessment (Bachelors of Psychology)
  • PYB360 Interventions for Addictive Behaviors (Bachelors of Psychology).
  • PYN601 Counseling & Consultation (Masters of Educational & Developmental Psychology)
  • PYn460  Advanced Interventions for Addictive Behaviors (Master in Clinical Psychology)

Specialist Lecturer for

  • PYB 402 Counselling Psychology (Honors).
  • PYB309 Individual Differences and Assessment (Bachelors in Psychology)
  • PYN035 Supervised Practicum (Master / Doctorate of Clinical Psychology)

 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja.

Experience

After completing my post graduate training in Clinical Psychology, from the University of the Punjab (Pakistan), I arrived in Australia to do my PhD at the University of Queensland. Subsequently, I had the first-hand experience of being an international student. A few years after completing my studies I migrated to Australia and developed an understanding of the challenges of a migrant. Being culturally diverse, multilingual and familiar with non-Western cultures, I started to offer professional services as a cultural and multilingual consultant and a clinician, along with my other academic roles. As an active member of the Australian Psychological Society, I revitalised the psychology and cultures interest group. I have been on the executive committee of this interest group for six years and the national chair for four years. I advocate the needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse clients and the psychologists who offer psychological services to this population. As a part of this interest group, I pioneered and established an ongoing peer review support and professional development program for mental health professionals. I am very keen to promote cultural competency among mental and allied health professionals in Australia. I have extended my clinical research to transcultural issues. Over the last decade, I have research the acculturation challenges and psychosocial issues of international students, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Being a clinician, I value effective assessment and intervention strategies. I have developed 5 new measures and validated 9 existing measures. I have also contributed to the development of new culturally appropriate and sensitive treatment programs for international students, migrants and refugees. Some of my multidisciplinary recent research projects include exploring the: Employment and educational aspirations of refugee adults Predictors of psychosocial, acculturative and academic success of refugee youth in schools Acculturative stress, integration and resilience of refugees (adults and youth) Protective factors promoting wellbeing in refugee youth Cultural competency: working with Asylum seekers  Cultural competency: working with Indigenous clients

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Nigar Khawaja.

Publications


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Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2011
Details
2004 to date: I have been the Associate Editor of Pakistan Journal of Psychology. 2008 to date: I have been the Asociate Editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
I received Vice Chancellor¿s Performance award, QUT, for contribution to the School¿s clinical program and the professional services
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2001
Details
On the basis of my research findings I have acted as an advisor and a consultant for the following industries:Queensland Transcultural Mental Health (QTMH), Princess Alexandra.As a cultural and multilingual consultant, I advise the QTMH on the management of clients from the culturally and linguistically diverse cultures. This is an ongoing consultancy. I have acted as a consultant for the Department of Veterans Affair, Occupational Services Australia, Britton Psychological Services and Work Cover. My role was to offer psychological services to clients with a range of psyco-socail issues. I have offered consultancy to the QLd Board for Psychologists. My role was to evaluate the competencies of registered psychologist, who are undergoing a review process.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2008
Details
I was invited by the Qld. Premier to discuss the integration of Muslim population (November, 2008).
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2011
Details
Psychological Board (now AHPRA: I offer advice and services to the board on the skills and competency of the registered psychologists who are being investigated for negligence and incompetency and other ethical dilemmas Qld Transcultural Mental Health Centre: As a multilingual psychologist, I have been asked by QTMHC to offer psychological services to clients from diverse cultures.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2006
Details
On invitation I participated in the Mental Health state - wide planning forum for CALD population for 2006-2011. On 11 May 2006, I represented the School of Psychology,QUT to prepare a blue print of the budget plan for the Qld Government. This budget in particularly dealth with the mental health needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse cultures in Australia.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2009
Details
I was elected for a two-year tenure as the National Chair for the APS Psychology and Cultures interestg group. I am re-elected in November 2011 for another two-year term.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2011
Details
On invitation I am currently serving as a mmeber of the conference scientific commitee.
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
1995
Details
1. Elected member of Australian Psychological Society (APS) (23960)2. Elected member of APS College of Clinical Psychology.3. Registered with the Psychologists Board of Queensland (reg. no. 960157).
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2011
Details
Elected member of Australian Psychological Society (APS) (23960) Elected member of APS College of Clinical Psychology Registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) (reg. no. PSY0001398113). Elected member of the Academy of Intercultural Relations

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Refugees Employment Aspirations and Inter-Generational Communication about Future Occupational Pathways
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120200076
Start year
2012
Keywords
Refugees, Sociology of Migration, Intergenerational Communication, Intercultural Communication

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