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Dr. Jean Cheng

Lecturer, Psychology


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Melbourne, 2009 – 2014;
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), The University of Melbourne, 2009 – 2014;
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, First Class Honours, The University of Melbourne, 2008;
  • Bachelor of Arts, Double Major: Psychology, Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne, 2005 – 2007

Biography

Dr. Jean Cheng is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Upon graduating with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr Cheng went on to complete both her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Melbourne. Her dissertation investigated the relationship between emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, and self-harm behaviour in Borderline Personality Disorder.

Dr. Cheng has experience working in acute and community mental health settings in Singapore and Australia. As a clinical psychologist, she provided individual and group therapy and also conducted assessments of clients’ cognitive and mental health status. In addition, Dr Cheng was widely involved in improving access to mental health treatment within the community through raising awareness of mental health issues (e.g., writing publications) and increasing the competency of mental health interventions (e.g., delivering trainings for doctors, nurses, counsellors, social workers, and case workers).

Dr. Cheng is trained and experienced in a range of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness based therapy. She advocates for the dignity of each person and this is reflected in her person-centered therapeutic style, where she draws on different therapeutic modalities to best meet the unique needs of each client.

Dr. Cheng’s present responsibilities at JCU (Singapore) include lecturing postgraduate and undergraduate psychology courses, as well as providing clinical and research supervision to clinical psychologists-in-training.

Research Interests

Emotion Dysregulation, Self-Harm Behaviour, Borderline Personality Disorder, Impulsivity, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression