Ting Sing Kiat

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Indigenous people (OA) healthcare utility in Malaysia
2. Chinese psychology
3. Mental health and community


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Personal profile


Dr. Ting currently is the Associate Professor at Monash Univeristy (Malaysia campus). As a cultural-clinical psychologist, she holds the Bachelor of Science in Psychology from National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan,  Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (APA accredited), Illinois, USA, Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary USA, and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (APA accredited). She completed her final year APA accredited internship (2005-2006) at University of California--San Diego, and her post-doctoral scholarship on the topic of “college student mental health and disability assessment” from University of Southern California (2007-2008).  After completing her PhD program, Dr. Ting stayed at her alma mater from 2009-2008 as a Research Assistant Professor, teaching doctoral-level courses and coordinating scholarly team visits to China as the ambassador. In between 2008-2010, she joined HELP University in Kuala Lumpur, where she pioneered the first private Master level clinical psychology program in Malaysia as a clinical training director and supervised the first two cohorts of graduates. Between 2012-2015, She was recruited to establish the Social work program as a full-time Associate Professor at China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), based on her rich clinical background and community engagement services. She also was the appointed Vice Chair for the Social work program and Chair for the Social work Lab she set up. She received several teaching awards as lecturers and supervisors while in CUPL. Besides, she was invited as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty to various international institutions, such as Argosy University (USA), Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (USA), Renmin Univesrity (China), Minzu University (China), Bible College Malaysia (Malaysia), School of Theology Sabah (Malaysia), and Methodist Theological School (MTS).

Since joining Monash University in 2018, she has played the roles as unit coordinator, internship coordinator and course leader for Monash Malaysia Master of Professional Counselling Program. She also won the PVC Innovative Education Award in 2021 for her innovative teaching in clinical units. As a bilingual and bicultural scholar, she has published both in Chinese and English outlets with a wide readership (Books: 2 English, 7 Chinese; Book chapters: 7 English, 5 Chinese; Journal articles: 24 English, 6 Chinese) including Frontiers in psychology, Theory and Psychology, Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She is also currently serving as editor and reviewer for several multidisciplinary journals on topics such as qualitative study among minority groups, Indigenous people wellbeing, Chinese psychology, psychology of Religion, disaster mental health, and female sexual health. She also chaired the first Southeast Asia Indigenous Psychology Scientific meeting in 2021, and serves as the chief guest editor for the Special Issues on Indigenous Psychology in Southeast Asia (International Perspective in Psychology hosted by APA Div 52).

With over 20 years of clinical experiences under the licensure/registration as psychologist and supervisor across 3 major countries (United States, Malaysia, and China), Dr. Ting has a wide range of clinical expertise with clients struggling with depression, grief, trauma, relational problems, Learning Disability, religious and spiritual issues, and cultural identities. She has trained thousands of certified mental health practitioners in Asian regions, especially in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Clinical Supervision/ethics. In addition, Dr. Ting has been an active humanitarian worker who found and led 2 current volunteer platforms in China (Barefoot Volunteer Services) and Malaysia (Safespace COVID-19 Malaysia), and trained over hundreds of volunteers in conducting Psychological First Aid. She is also an active member of Malaysia Society of Clinical Psychology and contributing as the chair for their Ethics Committee. Spearing community research and culturally appropriate mental health services, and cultivating next generation elites in doing indigenous psychology research have been her current passions of life. 

Research interests

Cultural psychology, Indigenous people wellbeing, Indigenous psychology, Clinical Psychology, Community engagements, Disaster mental health

Monash teaching commitment

PMH1011 Community Psychology (UG)

EDF5544 Group counselling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary


Clinical Psychology, MA, Wheaton College, Illinois


Research area keywords

  • Culture and society
  • Culture and Religion
  • culture and psychology
  • Culture and mental health
  • Culture and Psychiatry
  • Disaster resilience
  • female condom clinical trials


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