Dr Tam Cai Lian

Contact Details

Tel: +603 5514 4974
Fax: +603 5514 6323
Office: room 3-2-12
Email: tam.cai.lian@monash.edu

Profile Summary

Dr.Tam Cai Lian is a senior lecturer at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. She is also a counselling psychologist and a registered counsellor from the Board of Counsellors Malaysia. Dr. Tam has special interest in the variety of challenges facing adolescents in modern Malaysia. She has particular emphasis on the special areas which include contributory factors of drug abuse and the effects of counseling on mental health and wellbeing among the multi ethnic groups.

Dr Tam was an assistant professor at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and the coordinator for its Psychology program in 2006. She is actively involved in writing commentaries on current issues for the monthly magazine Dewan Masyarakat and daily newspaper Sin Chew Jit Poh. Dr Tam is also a columnist for The Health Mingguan Malaysia and co-editor-in-chief for the Sunway Academic Journal (in 2008 and 2009).

Currently, Dr. Tam is the course coordinator for Master of Professional Counselling at Monash University Malaysia. She has been actively involved in conducting research and providing consultation that is related to coping with stress and relaxation skills.

 

Units taught in Monash University Malaysia (2006 till present)

  • Developmental and Biological Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Cognitive and Social Psychology
  • Perception and Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology

 

Qualifications

Ph.D (Psychology), UKM; M.A. (Counselling Psychology), UKM; BSc (Hons) Mathematics, UKM

Registered and Licensed Counsellor, Board of Counsellors Malaysia

Research Interest

  • Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia
  • The effects of online counselling on students mental health and well being
  • Understanding the role of emotion regulation in adolescent self-injury
  • Youth drug abuse: Parental role and peer Influence



Research supervision

  • A mixed method study of drug abuse relapse in Malaysia: Contributory factors and treatment effective (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) & My PhD Scholarship-Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)
  • Slowing the spread of diabetes in Malaysia: Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, lifestyle and prevention programs (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) & My PhD Scholarship-Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)
  • The effects of online counselling on students mental health and well being
  • Understanding the role of emotion regulation in adolescent self-injury

 

Publications

Lee, S. L., Tam, C. L., Song, B. K., Neik, T.X. (2015). The mediating role of depressive symptom severity in the relationship between Obsessive-compulsive disorder and Quality of Life. Asian Social Science. 11(1), 97-102.

Yap, C. C., Tam, C. L., Saravanan, M. & Amudha, K. (2015). Personal Attributions, Emotion Management, Interpersonal Relationship, and Diabetes Knowledge in Diabetes Self-care Adherence. International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health (IJCRIMPH).7(6), 104-120.

Chie, Q. T., Tam, C. L., Bonn, G & Wong, C.P. (2015). Drug abuse, relapse and prevention education in Malaysia: perspective of university students through a mixed methods approach. Frontiers in Psychiatry, section Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol.

Lee, S. L., Park, M.S-A. & Tam, C. L. (2015). The relationship between Facebook attachment and obsessive-compulsive disorder severity. Cyberpsychology, Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 9(2), Article 1. doi: 10.5817/CP2015-2-6.

C.C.Yap, C.L.Tam, G.B. Bonn, M. Saravanan & A. Kadirvelu (2014). Psychosocial variables influencing diabetes self-management and quality of life: A pilot study. Recent Trends in Social Behaviour Sciences-Lumbun Gaol et.al (EdS). Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN978-1-138-00121-3. 319-325

Lian, S.Y, Tam, C. L. (2014). Literature Review of Work Stress, Coping Strategies and Resilience of Working Female Malaysia Population. Asian Social Science; 10(12), 41-52; 2014