Dr Miriam Sang-Ah Park

Contact Details

Tel: +603 5514 5862
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: Room 3-2-14
Email: miriam.park@monash.edu

Profile Summary

Dr. Miriam Sang-Ah Park joined the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia in September 2011 as a Lecturer in Psychology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Psychology from University of Toronto, Canada, where she developed particular interests in sociocultural influences on the selfhood, perceptions and general beliefs. She undertook her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Robin Goodwin at Brunel University, London, UK. Her primary areas are social, (cross-) cultural and political psychology, and her research focuses on topics such as social change and its implications for individual values, family views and political beliefs, cultural orientations and self-construals, and family democratisation in different societies.


BSc Experimental Psychology (University of Toronto, Canada), PhD Social/Cross-Cultural Psychology (Brunel University, UK)

Research Interests

Cross-cultural and indigenous psychology; Social change and globalization; The self and the family in the social context; Culture and mental health; Political beliefs and democracy in Asia; International politics; Ethnic and national identities in Southeast Asia and attitudes toward the outgroups; Sustainability and environmental issues in developing countries; Intercultural relations; SNS and digital media and changes in interpersonal relationships; Cultural health beliefs and family coping in dealing with children’s mental illness; Health and well-being.


Research Supervision (2011- current)

PhD candidates

  • Soon Li Lee, *
  • Md. Aris Md. Yasin*
  • Kartini Ilias*
  • Fahad Riaz*
  • Hasti.Khorasanizadeh

Honours students

  • Ian Low
  • Evelyn Toh
  • Jeanette Lim
  • Ying Ying Ng*
  • Swan Ee Tey*


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Presentations at International Conferences

Golden, K.J., Liaw, J., Cornish, K., Park, M.S. & Ilias, K. (In Press). Well-being of Mothers of Children with “A-U-T-I-S-M” in Malaysia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Khorasanizadeh, H., Honarpour, A., Park, M.S., Parkkinen, J., Parthiban, R. (In Press). Adoption factors of clean technology in a developing country: Energy efficient lighting in Malaysia. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Park, M.S. Goodwin, R. & Ohtaka, M. (In Press).Values, Political Beliefs & Family Perceptions. In Klicperova-Baker, M. (Ed.). Humanity and Democracy across Borders of Countries and disciplines. San Diego: San Diego University Press.

Lee, S.L., Kim, J., Golden, K.J., Kim, J. & Park, M.S. (2016). A Cross-Cultural Examination of SNS Usage Intensity & Managing Interpersonal Relationships Online: The Role of Culture and the Autonomous-Related Self-Construal. Frontiers in Psychology.

Park, M.S. (2015). Changing family perceptions across cultures: The Malaysian context. In Haque, S. & Sheppard, E. (Ed.s). Culture and cognition: A Collection of Critical Essays (pp.197-210). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

Ilias, K. Cornish, K., Park, M.S., & Golden, K.J. (2015). The value of mixed-method research with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A grounded theory protocol. Jurnal Technologi (Science & Engineering), 77(33), 59-68.

Lee, S., Park, M.S. & Tam, C.L. (2015).The relationship between Facebook attachment and OCD severity. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 9(2).

Sovet, L.,Park, M.S. & Jung, S. (2014). Validation and psychometric properties of academic major satisfaction scale among Korean college students. Social Indicators Research, 119(2), 1121-1131.

Park, M.S. & Harsanyi, G. (2014). The Role of Culture and Society in Understanding Family Perceptions, Self-Beliefs and other Related Issues in South Korea, Malaysia & Hungary. The 22nd International Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Reims, France, July 15-19, 2014.

Park, M.S. & Sovet, L. (2014). Psychometric properties of the Flourishing Scale in two French Speaking Sub-Saharan African countries. The 7th Conference of Positive Psychology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 1-4, 2014.

Ilias, K. Cornish, K., Park, M.S., & Golden, K.J. (2014). Symphony of Sound: The Importance of Mixed-Methods Research with Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASFAR (Australasian Society for Autism Research) Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

Ilias, K. Cornish, K., Tam, C. L., Park, M.S., & Golden, K.J. (2014). Mixed-Methods Research with Families of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 6th International Conference on Postgraduate Education 2014. Melaka, Malaysia.

Kadirvelu, A., Sadasivan, S., Gurtu, S., Park, M.S. & Ng, A. (2013). P05-14: The LIVE-WELL STUDY-focus on mental health and well-being of personnel in a Malaysian hospital. 한국심리학회연차학술발표논문집, 2013(2), 175-175.

Park, M.S. & Ng, A.L.O. (2012). The Impact of Cultural and Family Beliefs on Coping with Children with Illnesses. Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology & Society, Hong Kong, China, December 16-18, 2012.

Park, M.S. (2012). Family perceptions across cultures- Thinking about the family within the sociocultural context.

Park, M.S., Goodwin, R., Harsanyi, S.G. & Kim, J. (2011). Macro-level factors & their influences on family perceptions in two cultures. Psychological Research Records (PRR), 1(2), pp.274-297.

Harsanyi, S.G. & Park, M.S. (2011). Magyarország – Dél-Korea, Értékpreferencia és lezárási igény közti különbségek vizsgálata dél-koreai és magyar egyetemista mintán (The investigation of the differences of value preference and Need for Closure between South-Korean and Hungarian samples). Pro Scientia Aranyérmesek X. konferenciája – Előadások. Budapest: Pro Scientia Aranyéremesek Társasága, pp. 182-188.

Park, M.S. (2011). Cultural differences in family relatedness and self-beliefs. The 2nd International Conference of Indigenous & Cultural Psychology, Bali, Indonesia, December 21-23, 2011.

Park, M.S. (2011). Different levels of factors & their relations to political beliefs. Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey, July 9-11, 2011.

Park, M. (2010) Family Perceptions across Cultures, in P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.)Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship. London: CiCe, pp. 714 – 722.

Harsányi, S. G. & Park, M.S. (2010) Cross-cultural investigation of political thinking and need for closure, in P. Cunningham & N.Fretwell (eds.) Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship. London: CiCe, pp. 269 - 275 .

Park, M.S. (2009). Importance of Culture in Understanding Individuals' Perceptions of Self, Family & other Related Issues. International Society of Critical Health Psychology 6th Biennial Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 8-11, 2009.

Park, M.S. (2009). Family relationships across Cultures. The 11th Conference of Children’s Identity & Citizenship in Europe, Malmo, Sweden, May 21-23, 2009.


Presentation in Plenary Sessions at International Conferences

Park, M.S. (2012). “Psychology of culture: Making sense of the person in society”, the 2nd Malaysian Psychology Conference, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia, October 20-21, 2012.

Ng, A.L.O. & Park, M.S. (2012). “Globalising Mental Health: The Culture - Family Triad Model of Psychotherapy and its Relevance in Asia”, the 7th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, London, UK, July 16-18, 2012.