SPS Council Members 2017 - 2019
Clare is a trained clinical psychologist and specializes in the management of anxiety and mood-related disorders for adults. She is the IMH Allied Health Clinical Educator Lead and also has teaching appointments at Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Western Australia and a Masters degree in Clinical and Health Psychology from Curtin University, Australia. With the complexity of patient needs in today’s context, she is a strong advocate of team-based care and inter-professional education. Her other area is in crisis management where she has a wealth of experience in providing crisis management consultancy and training. In recognition of her professional contributions, Clare was awarded the National Day Award – The Commendation Medal in 2009. Her hobbies include leisure-walking at Botanic Gardens and travelling to discover new cultures, especially their food.
Jennifer is the Director and Senior Principal Forensic Psychologist of the Clinical and Forensic Psychology Service in the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She has been working with the ministry for the past 18 years. She holds a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of New South Wales. A registered forensic psychologist in Singapore and Australia, her areas of expertise include forensic assessment and treatment of families and youth within the child protection, juvenile as well as adult justice systems. Jennifer has authored international publications regarding social psychology, youth delinquency and offending behaviour. She has provided training for mental health and social service practitioners as well as law enforcement agencies. Jennifer is a clinical member of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is an appointed member of the Probation Committee. Currently the elected Vice-President of the Singapore Psychological Society, Jennifer has served as an adjunct lecturer with the National University of Singapore for the past 5 years. For her outstanding contribution to the civil service, she was conferred the National Day Award of commendation medal in 2010.
Sharon's involvement with SPS began as a member, before serving in the Membership Committee from 2007-2010. During her term as the Membership Chair, she and her team actively strived to connect members through a range of social activities. She continues her volunteering with SPS this council term with a different portfolio. Sharon currently works at a private child development clinic. She enjoys working with children, whom you would often hear her referring them fondly as her “friends”!
Ho Ai Tee
Assistant Honorary Secretary
Ms Ho 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, couple relationships and giftedness. Trained as an MBSR teacher, she incorporates mindfulness into her clinical work. Her managerial experience and personal passion for lifelong learning have created many opportunities for her to supervise and coach executives at different leadership levels. She teaches at James Cook University as an adjunct staff.
Tan Ying Jie
Ying Jie is an organisational psychologist by training and currently works in the Ministry of Defence. She pursued a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (First Class Hons) from University College London and a Masters of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from University of Cambridge under the Defence Merit Scholarship. Her areas of expertise include qualitative research and behavioural economics, which she spearheaded as a psychologist in MINDEF. In her free time, she codes web platforms in Ruby on Rails and enjoys traveling to discover new places.
SPS Membership Chair
Terri graduated with her B.A (Hons) in Psychology from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and completed her M.Psych in Clinical Psychology from the joint programme between the University of Melbourne (UM) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Terri has been working at the National University Hospital (NUH) and works with adolescents and adults, both in individual and group formats of psychological therapies. Her therapeutic orientation is through a Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral approach to lessen individuals’ psychological distress. She also conducts neuropsychological assessments. Terri has a special interest in group psychotherapy, as well as clinical research. She is also a supervisor to younger psychologists at NUH to ensure good clinical care and to support their professional development. She is currently involved in various research projects like a validation study, to enhance clinical care at NUH. She has been with the society since 2014 as a sub committee member with the membership team and was also involved in streamlining processes to improve the application and approval experience for applicants.
Karen is the Senior Principal Clinical psychologist at the Office of the Chief Psychologist, Ministry of Social and Family Development. She works with a dynamic team of psychologists that looks at improving the psychological wellbeing of individuals and families and help to transform social systems by providing psychological inputs on matters within the Ministry and the Social Service Sector. For the past 10 years or more, she has worked intensively with children and their families in the area of abuse and trauma and what has kept her going is working everyday with people who are passionate about making that difference.
Public Education Chair
Carlin Lee holds a Masters in Applied Psychology (Sports Psychology), and also certified in career development facilitation and Education and Career Guidance (ECG) counselling. He has spent most of his career in the education field, educating and counselling students of various disciplines in the tertiary level. His working philosophy: “Education is not just about giving information to students, but to give them the skills and knowledge to reach their own goals.” Carlin’s participation in SPS Public Education started in 2013 where he volunteered to participated in school outreach activities and organizing events for SPS. These included the Public Education flagship events, such as Student Research Award and SPS Psychweek and SPS Student Career and Networking Forum in 2015. With his passion in bowling, you might find him in the bowling centres around Singapore in the evenings and weekends.
Nicholas graduated with a Masters of Arts in Applied Psychology from the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Queensland, Australia. He is a Certified Adventure therapist, Reality therapist and Dynamic Assessor with specialized training in Mediated learning. He is also a Certified Emergenetic Associate and an extremely proficient facilitator and moderator in forum discussions and group therapies on various topics. Some topics include adolescent development, sexuality, cyber wellness, vocations in life, relationships, family and friends, youth culture, just to name a few. Nicholas has been working with youths and young professionals for a long time now, conducting leadership training and formation, personal development workshops, overseas expeditions and service learning projects; consulting with young persons in therapy sessions; organizing, planning and leading out experiential learning programs and empowering young individuals to reach to their fullest potential. He has accumulated more than a decade worth of experience working and coaching young individuals, particularly those more vulnerable, and have attained significant amount of success stories and commendations from schools, communities and organisations both in Singapore and overseas. As a result of his extensive involvement with young individuals, Nicholas is widely consulted. He sits on various Government Advisory Councils, takes on numerous media interviews and continues to do so. As a past time, Nicholas enjoys watching a good movie and doing outdoor sports. He believes very much in spiritual health amidst the hustle and bustle of life, and makes an effort to ensure he has time for reflection and quiet time to consolidate life lessons and experiences. He has great interest in personal self-regulation and psycho-spirituality.
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 practices as a Clinical Psychologist at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and currently works with adults/adolescents dealing with various issues including depression, anxiety, personality issues etc. Though she is new to the SPS council having only been elected in March 2015, she hopes to play a part in advancing the Psychological profession in Singapore and looks forward to providing more opportunities for greater awareness and networking within the field. 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.
Karyen graduated with her BSc from University of Dayton, United States. Following which, she completed her Masters in Developmental Disorders and Clinical Practice at the University of York, United Kingdom. Upon returning to Singapore, she spent two years in research at the Singapore Institute of Neurotechnology at National University of Singapore. Outside of work and council, Karyen enjoys playing board-games and solving puzzles.
Special Interest Group Chair
Christin Tan has worked in the private, public and voluntary sector across different industries, including banking and finance, correctional services, and education. She dropped out of college and started working at a young age. Having gone through a difficult period in her life, she went on to be trained as a counsellor (MEd Counselling), and in her early career has worked with many troubled teens, helping them to transition successfully into adulthood. More recently, Christin has travelled and worked in non-traditional domains, having obtained an MBA (Entrepreneurial Management) and MSc (Occupational Psychology). She uses Coaching Psychology and Organisational Psychology to help those who help others, and is actively involved in Social Technopreneurship and fourth sector work in Asia. A founding member of the LOVEFAITHOPE Group, 2wardsustainability, and book author to ‘Entrepreneurial Personality for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage’, Christin's passion and heart goes out to the underserved populations in Asia, where she leverages on entrepreneurship and technology as an enabler for learning, outreach and capability building towards effective social outcomes and impact. In her free time, Christin enjoys reading non-fiction and travelling for new experiences, but equally happy to sit in cafes and watch the world go by.