Dr. Chua Sook Ning studied in Canada and graduated with a MA in Social Psychology from University of Waterloo and a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University, and is a registered Clinical Psychologist in Australia and Malaysia. She works as a psychotherapist, researcher and presently is a lecturer at National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University. She has 8 years of experience as a therapist and 4 years as a lecturer.

As an academician and researcher, she focuses on exploring autonomy support, goal progress and well-being, autonomy support and civic engagement, and developing interventions for mental health. Her research contributes to the understanding on how to promote personal and relational well-being through social support and through community interventions.

Her team of international collaborators includes Dr. Richard Koestner (McGill University), Dr. Frederick Philippe (Université du Québec à Montréal), David Bakker (Monash University, Australia), Dr. C. Barr Taylor (Stanford University), and Dr. Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft (Washington University).

She is a published author and has published over a dozen scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she regularly conducts seminars and workshops on various psychological issues such as A Primer on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, How to Relate to Your Teen and How to Actively Listen and Reflect to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. She is also a consultant psychologist for BFM.

Dr. Chua is currently working with local MPs such as Hannah Yeoh and Ong Kian Meng to improve the mental health care in Malaysia in terms of acceptance and accessibility. She also has a part-time private psychotherapy practice. Please contact her at therapy@relate.com.my if you would like to make an appointment.


Past appearances in the media.
Date Programmes Podcast Title
9-Nov-16 Evening Edition
(06:00 PM)
Parenting Adventures #10: Modern Dads
Lim Kian Meng, Father | Kaihan Krippendorff, Father | Chua Sook Ning, Clinical Psychologist
24-Oct-16 Evening Edition
(06:00 PM)
Beauty Pageants - Empowering or demeaning?
Carey Ng, ex-National Director of Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation | Tan Heang-Lee, WAO Communications Officer | Dr Chua Sook Ning, Consultant Psychologist
23-Aug-16 Health and Living
(04:00 PM)
Breathing and Emotional States
Dr Chua Sook Ning, Consultant Psychologist
18-Jul-16 Health and Living
(04:00 PM)
Teens on Social Media
Dr Chua Sook Ning, Clinical Psychologist
25-May-16 Live & Learn
(03:45 PM)
Facebook and Plus-Size Ads
Dr. Chua Sook Ning, Clinical Psychologist
30-Jul-14 Live & Learn
(03:00 PM)
Facebook’s Experiment
Ng Juan Hann, WAGO | Lim Sheng Feixiang, WAGO | Dr. Chua Sook Ning, Consultant Psychologist
5-May-14 Health and Living
(04:00 PM)
#Selfies and Body Image
Dr. Chua Sook Ning, Consultant Psychologist