SPS Council Members 2021 - 2023
Dr Cherie Chan
Dr. Cherie Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore and holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from Murdoch University (Western Australia). Cherie currently practices as a clinical psychologist at a private practice and works extensively with adolescents and adults presenting with a range of psychological issues. Cherie’s involvement with SPS started in 2015 in her previous role as the Publicity Chair. She continues to serve with SPS this term and hopes to continue growing the society, building professionalism and helping to increase the visibility of the society both in the local and international scene. Outside of clinical work, Cherie holds various professional appointments. She is the current Secretary for the Asia Pacific Psychology Alliance (APPA), and represents psychologists in Singapore as a member of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychology Societies (ARUPS). Away from work, Cherie is always up for a good cup of coffee and enjoys seeking out new places while photographing her food-hunting adventures.
Vice President (Development)
Adrian Toh is a Clinical Psychologist and he practises at a private practice, working closely with adolescents and adults with various psychological issues. He is also involved in teaching and research works. Adrian has been a part of the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) since 2004, and has been contributing to the society in various capacities since 2006. He served in the SPS council between 2009 and 2016. He was the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) Chairperson in the previous term (2019-2021). In recognition of his contribution to the SPS, Adrian was awarded the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) 10-Years Long Service Award in 2018. Adrian is an intrepid explorer who enjoys exploring through travels, runs, hikes, interactions, readings, café hops!
Mok Kai Chuen
Vice President (Outreach)
Kai Chuen graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and is currently a researcher at a local university. He assists in leadership research for the Singapore Public Service, spanning across several Ministries and Stat Boards. Kai Chuen believes in lifelong learning and the importance of psychology, not only for the clinical population but also for the general population and workforce. He was previously the Publicity Chair (2019-2021) and coordinated national-level publicity and advertising efforts to promote SPS and psychology in Singapore. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of SPS flagship magazine, Singapore Psychologist, a strategic effort to initiate important conversations and discourse surrounding psychology here at home. Kai Chuen has been active in Psychological Societies since his undergraduate days and was previously President of SIM Psychology Society and Editor-in-Chief for MIND Magazine. He continues to serve with SPS this term as Vice President (Outreach) and oversees outreach efforts with and provides guidance and coordination to Publicity, Public Education, and Research. Away from work, Kai Chuen enjoys photography, reading literature and comics, chasing trophies on his PlayStation, and a good cup of coffee.
Dr Soon Siew Peng
Siew graduated from her PhD, Master of Clinical Psychology, and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees from The University of Melbourne. She is currently practicing as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Siew started her psychology career in Melbourne, Australia, before relocating to Singapore in 2016. She has had a decade of experience across both countries, including clinical practice at public and private hospitals, education/teaching, supervision, and research. Siew’s involvement with SPS began as a member in 2016, before volunteering this council term. Outside of work, Siew is a certified hairdresser. She gives friends and family haircuts and loves styling them for weddings and events.
Sam Hui Fang
Assistant Honorary Secretary
Hui Fang holds a Master degree in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a senior clinical psychologist where she works with adults presenting with severe mental health issues. Her involvement with SPS started in 2017 when she volunteered for the supervision subcommittee in SRP. She strongly believes in the importance of supervision for every psychologist’s professional development. While she was serving in this committee, she had participated in the creation of the Supervision SIG (now retired). She has also contributed to ideas and proposed changes to the new application and renewal criteria for approved supervisors with SRP. Hui Fang is a proud mama to two lovely children. If you swing by Katong on Sunday mornings, you might just catch them practising Muay Thai in the gym!
Dr Julia Lam
Julia is a forensic psychologist in private practice. She also lectures on topics of impulse control disorders, behavioural addictions and forensic psychology. She provides forensic psychological assessment and reports on medico-legal issues relating to criminal, civil and family matters for Court purposes. A scientist-practitioner, she has worked in universities, hospitals, prisons and correction services, gambling treatment facilities and private clinics. She enjoys needlework (blackwork in particular), Zentangling, and catching up with friends over a yummy meal and a mug of hot chai tea latte + a slice of cheesecake.
Jeremy Chavell Jordan Oliveiro
SPS Membership Chair
Jerry is a Counselling Psychologist by training and is currently a Senior Manager at a polytechnic. He has other portfolio such as, Psychology and Research Lecturer, Academic Advisor, Paracounsellor, and Peer Helper Mentor. Jerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Queensland, and holds a Masters degree in Counselling from Monash University. Previously, Jerry worked 5 years in the Social Service sector, at a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO). Jerry is most effective in working with youths and young adults. He is specialized in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and takes a special interest in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Jerry has been with the society since 2016 as a sub committee member with the membership team and has also been actively involved in various SPS events. Jerry believes in helping youths succeed, and that “it takes a village to raise a child”
Ho Ai Tee
Singapore Register of Psychologist Chair
Ai Tee is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She has broad experience in supporting individuals coping with existential crises and life transitions. Her current professional areas of interest include anxiety disorders, flight phobia and couple relationships. Ai Tee firmly believes in personal and professional development through training, supervision and mentoring. Her voluntary role as SRP Chair, to lead key initiatives to strengthen professional standards and expand core competencies in clinical supervision, is critical to upgrading the quality of psychological practice in Singapore. This will better protect the best interests of the public in seeking credible and effective mental health support and psychological care. For personal self-care, she enjoys new hobbies and is now into bread-making and gardening, both as an amateur.
Dr Cynthia Yeo
Special Interest Group Chair
Cynthia currently practises both as a clinical psychologist and an educational psychologist in the private sector. Besides having worked in private practices, she had working experiences in the social sector as well. She graduated with a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from James Cook University, and obtained her Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Educational Psychology) from the National Institute of Education (Singapore). She had earlier pursued a Master in Guidance and Counselling with James Cook University as well. In her current clinical practice, Cynthia works with a wide range of clinical issues and populations, ranging from children, adolescents, to adults. However, she is also passionate about passing her knowledge and skill sets to the next generation of psychologists and educators. This passion prompted her to become an adjunct lecturer with James Cook University for six years teaching the various modules under their Psychology programme. She currently plays the role of a tutor to the student teachers, and supervisor to trainee psychologists and allied educators at the National Institute of Education. Cynthia also enjoys doing voluntary work, both locally and overseas. She is highly passionate about her voluntary work at the Singapore Armed Forces Detention Barracks, a place where she has been serving for almost a decade. Her overseas voluntary stints included serving in an orphanage and the Boys’ Brigade. In the same spirit of volunteerism, she hopes to be able to support the growth of the different Special Interest Groups (SIG) that fall under the purview of the Singapore Psychological Society, and to bring each SIG to attain its next height. In addition, she hopes to develop a SIG core team and to encourage more collaborative professional efforts between the SIGs.
Public Education Chair
Lin Jiayong is a clinical psychologist [M.Psych.(Clinical) (NUS), B.Soc.Sci.(Hons)(Psych)(NUS)], registered with the SRP, with special interest in child assessments and therapy, particularly neurodevelopmental disorders. Before joining private practice, he held the appointment of Head of MINDS Ang Mo Kio (under the NCSS Sunray Scheme), and also worked in various clinical and community settings such as KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), and MINDEF Defence Psychology Department. He is concurrently holding an academic appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at NUS Psychology Department. He was a recipient of the Social Service Scholarship and the Singapore Armed Forces Academic Training Award. He believes that the key to promoting public mental well-being involves education not only in theory and skills, but also in instilling values and building of relationship and communities. As a father of two, he enjoys playing board games and outdoor sports activities with his family.
Annelise Lai holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the National University of Singapore. She is currently a Clinical Psychologist in a private practice, working with adolescents and adults presenting with various psychological issues and particularly, Eating Disorders. Apart from clinical work, Annelise also teaches undergraduate Psychology module at a local university as an Associate Faculty Member. Before stepping up as the Publicity Chair, Annelise has been volunteering as the Deputy Publicity Chair and Deputy-Editor-In-Chief for SPS’ flagship magazine, “Singapore Psychologist”. Her involvement in SPS started in 2017 as a volunteer writer for the SPS newsletter. She has witnessed the growth of Publicity from a small team of three to a team of more than 20 dedicated volunteers. As SPS continue to grow as a society, Annelise would like to gather more influences, to develop our voices, and to strengthen the presence of SPS in the community.
Jonathan Kuek is a doctoral candidate with the University of Sydney, specializing in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation. Before his candidacy, he completed his undergraduate studies at James Cook University Singapore attaining first-class honors in his Bachelors of Psychology degree. Having worked as a mental health researcher in various capacities over the past five years, his work has been presented at conferences and published in international peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Jonathan have been operating as an independent mental health advocate for the past seven years. Through his advocacy work, he has engaged stakeholders at various levels, ranging from people with a mental health experience to mental health professionals to members of parliament, providing him with great insight into the sector. As someone who sees the value of psychology as a discipline beyond its clinical utility, Jonathan envision a society where people understand and are aware of the various sub-disciplines within psychology. Specifically, he believes the many general soft skills acquired throughout the undergraduate and post-graduate training such as research skills, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and much more should be life skills and not specific to psychology. Jonathan has spent the past three years volunteering with the Public Education team and sharing about psychology which also helped him realize that people don't understand much about the field beyond clinical psychology. As Research Chair, he aims to generate greater awareness about psychology, psychological research, and encourage future generations of students to be interested in research and the discipline locally; and foster greater collaboration with psychology communities globally through research-oriented activities.