Professor Michael Kyrios speaking to the audience members as they pay close attention
Subang Delima, Saturday 5 November 2016 – More than a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students from around the country will be attending the inaugural Malaysian Psychology Student Assembly this weekend to present their research and to learn about the latest psychology ideas.
The Malaysian Psychology Association (PSIMA) in partnership with over 10 universities will be organizing the inaugural Malaysian Psychology Student Assembly (MAPSA) 2016 at HELP University’s new Subang 2 campus which houses the Department of Psychology.
This conference is aimed to cater specifically to undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students, and an estimated 1,000 participants will be attending. There will be over 190 research presentations, 15 plenary sessions, 15 symposiums, and 10 workshops held over the weekend.
The theme for the conference this year, is “Psychology Matters”, and the aim of the conference is to discuss whether psychology has made a significant impact in Malaysia, particularly in addressing prejudice, poverty, violence, crime, mental health, education, and many other national issues.
Among the distinguished speakers who will be delivering the keynote addresses, are two well-known academics. The first keynote speaker at this year’s assembly is Professor Michael Kyrios, President of the Australian Psychological Society, and Dean at the Australian National University. Professor Michael Kyrios specializes on obsessive compulsive disorders. His keynote speech is entitled “Contemporary Evidence-based solutions for obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).
The second keynote speaker is Dr Oliver Chan, an alumnus of HELP University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Criminology at City University Hong Kong. Dr Oliver Chan specializes on sexual homicide, offender profiling, sex offending, homicide and criminological issues related to the Asian population. His keynote speech will be on “Understanding sexual homicide offenders: A psycho-criminal perspective.”
Dr Goh Chee Leong, President of PSIMA and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences says: “HELP University is pleased to host this event, and to be one of the organizing members of the Malaysia Psychology Student Assembly. This conference is historic in that it is one of the first and largest conferences anywhere in the world that is organized specifically for undergraduate students. We feel it is wonderful opportunity for psychology students to present their research and ideas and network with each other. It will also inspire students to apply psychology to help address the most pertinent challenges that our country is facing, hence the title “Psychology Matters”.