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Dr. Lim Kok Kwang

Lecturer, Clinical Psychology


  • Diplomate; International Academy of Behavioural Medicine, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Fellow, International College of Psychosomatic Medicine.
  • Fellow, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.
  • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis, Australian Society of Hypnosis.
  • Registered Psychologist and Board-Approved Supervisor (Clinical Psychology), Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society.
  • PhD (Clinical Psychology), University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
  • BA (Psychology), University of California at Berkeley.
  • Certified QuitSmart Leader (Smoking Cessation), Duke University Medical Centre.

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Dr Lim completed his doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and clinical training in mind-body medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and National Chi Nan University (Taiwan). He has provided clinical supervision for doctoral and master’s level trainees in clinical psychology and counselling psychology for over 20 years.

As the President of the Singapore Psychological Society for three consecutively elected terms of office, Dr Lim provided leadership in the establishment of the Singapore Register of Psychologists, the first and current registration system for professional psychologists in Singapore. He further served for four consecutively elected terms as the President of the Singapore Society of Clinical Hypnosis during which he (1) initiated a continuing medical education programme for the College of Family Physicians Singapore on applications of psychoneuroimmunology and self-hypnosis in primary care and (2) created community outreach, multimedia products in English and Mandarin on evidence-based guided imagery for the management of stress-related and chronic illness.

Dr Lim was the first doctoral clinical psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health and, thereafter, worked as the Director of two voluntary welfare organisations and in the private sector, where his practice included the delivery of clinical hypnosis treatment and psychotherapy to the President of an Asian country. He was selected by peer healthcare professionals as among the top nine master therapists from 127 recognised experts in Singapore for qualitative research on psychotherapy expertise conducted by the National Institute of Education. Subsequently, in Australia, he conducted fitness-for-duty assessment, psychological rehabilitation and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) psychotherapy for miners, mining specialists and corporate leaders on physically and emotionally demanding fly-in-fly-out rosters. He currently serves as the Clinical Advisor of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (Charity Governance Award winner); as a Professional Development Reviewer of the British Psychological Society and on the Editorial Boards of the peer-reviewed journals, the International Journal of Psychology and Behavior Analysis as well as Psychology Teaching Review.

Dr Lim has longstanding interests in case formulation and treatment planning guided by multicultural principles and integrative strategies.


Dr Lim was a recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Singapore from the Singapore Psychological Society. He also served as the Keynote Speaker for the launching of the Paracounselling Programme within the Singapore Police Force (Ministry of Home Affairs).

Research Interests

Behavioural medicine; anxiety, depression, insomnia and health behaviour change in primary care; community mental health; clinical hypnosis and psychotherapy integration.


Chirayil, E., Lim, K, & Wong, M. (2015). Predicting sleep hygiene and stimulus control intentions among primary care patients with insomnia: An application of the theory of planned behaviour. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 44(Suppl.)(10), S247.

Lim, A., Lim, K., & Sim, N. (1998). Practical tips for parents: Nurturing your primary school child. Singapore: Federal Publications.

Lim, K. (1998). A Hong Kong model for Singapore? Asian Psychologist, 1, 58.

Lim, K. (2016). Clinical hypnosis in the management of panic disorder with cognitive-behavioural and spiritual strategies. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 41(2), 213-224.

Lim, K. (2016). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioural therapy for reduction of chronic headache induced by academic anxiety. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 41(2), 201-212.

Lim, K., & Wong, M. (2016). Enjoy the popcorn: Helping your child re-script the bully horror show (3rd ed.). Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.

Soh, S., Lim, K., & Foo, K. (2017). General and supervision-specific attachment models within the trainee-supervisor dyad: Effects on the supervisory relationship and supervision outcomes. Manuscript in preparation.

Teo, C., Lim, K., & Oei, T. (in press). Problematic internet use: Variants of cognitive-behavioural model under path analysis. International Journal of Psychology and Behavior Analysis.