Dr Khadeeja Munawar


Email: khadeeja.munawar1@monash.edu
Tel: +603 5514 5682
Office: Room 4-4-02
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8058-9331

Profile Summary

Dr Khadeeja Munawar is the Lecturer of Psychology at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. She is a registered clinical psychologist with the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP). She completed her doctorate by majoring in cognitive psychology/autobiographical memories and examined the theoretical accounts of reminiscence bump among Malaysian and Pakistani samples. In addition to autobiographical memories, Dr Khadeeja is interested in various aspects of mental health such as; factors that influence mental health services, mental health literacy, as well as establishing psychometric properties of assessment measures used in the field of mental health. Before beginning any research project, Dr Khadeeja conducts a systematic/scoping review to find out the gaps and limitations in the previous literature. She has actively published her studies in well reputed Q1 and Q2 journals (including PlosOne, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, and American Journal of Infection Control etc) and currently has 25 publications in Scopus indexed journals. Furthermore, Dr Khadeeja is interested in exploring psychological distancing among individuals having mood and/or anxiety disorders. Dr Khadeeja has executed research projects using both quantitative and qualitative methods (for more details, please see the list of publications). She also offers freelance services as a clinical psychologist using her personal website (http://www.thetahli.com).

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. (Psychology), Department of Psychology, Monash University

MS (Clinical Psychology), Centre for Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Pakistan

BS (Hons) (Specialization in Clinical Psychology), Institute of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Pakistan

Professional Affiliations

International Member -Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Member Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologists (PACP)

Research Interests

Current research projects include:

  • Investigating facilitators and barriers to seeking mental health services and improving consultation
  • Exploring and enhancing mental health literacy
  • Culturally/religiously modified Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents and adults
  • Self-distancing and psychological distance among individuals with mood and/or anxiety disorders


Munawar, K., Mukhtar, F., Choudhry, F. R., & Ng, A. L. O. (2022). Mental health literacy: A systematic review of knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders in Malaysia. Asia‐Pacific Psychiatry14(1), e12475. DOI: 10.1111/appy.12475

Ishak, N., Mukhtar, F., Munawar, K., Coudhry, F. R., Roy, M., Jalal, F. A., & Choi, C. S. (2021). Psychological assessment of atopic dermatitis in Asia: a systematic review. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 1-26. DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2021.1971727

Munawar, K., Choudhry, F. R., Lee, S. H., Siau, C. S., Kadri, N. B. M., & Sulong, R. M. B. (2021). Acceptance and commitment therapy for individuals having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A scoping review. Heliyon7(8), e07842.
DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07842

Choudhry, F. R., Khan, N., & Munawar, K. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to mental health care: A systematic review in Pakistan. International Journal of Mental Health, 1-39. DOI: 10.1080/00207411.2021.1941563

Abdollahpour Ranjbar, H., Parhoon, H., Mohammadkhani, S., Munawar, K., Moradi, A., & Jobson, L. (2021). Investigating cognitive control and cognitive emotion regulation in Iranian depressed women with suicidal ideation or suicide attempts. Suicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior51(3), 586-595.
DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12735

Rahmanian, P., Munawar, K., Mukhtar, F., & Choudhry, F. R. (2021). Prevalence of mental health problems in women in polygamous versus monogamous marriages: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of women's mental health24(3), 339-351. DOI: 10.1007/s00737-020-01070-8

Javed, S., & Munawar, K. (2021). Factors related to suicide among students: a narrative review of psychological literature. Mental Health Review Journal. DOI: 10.1108/mhrj-08-2020-0061

Mukhtar, F., Ding, W. E., Lye, M. S., Awang, H., & Munawar, K. Prevalence and Associated Factors of Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents Residing in Malay-operated Non-government-run Sheltered Homes in Selangor, Malaysia. DOI: 10.47836/pjssh.29.1.16

Ding, W. E., Tan, K. A., Fam, J. Y., Mukhtar, F., Lye, M. S., Awang, H., & Munawar, K. Psychometric Evaluation of the Malay Version of the Multidimensional Beck Youth Inventories-2 (BYI-2 Malay): Measuring Self-Concept, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, and Disruptive Behaviour among Adolescents in Sheltered Homes. DOI: 10.47836/pjssh.29.1.15

Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., Kassab, Y. W., Bakrin, F. S., Al-Worafi, Y. M., & Khan, T. M. (2021). Public perception about the Zika Virus in working professionals: A qualitative inquiry. International quarterly of community health education41(2), 199-207. DOI: 10.1177/0272684X20916621

Subhas, N., Mukhtar, F., & Munawar, K. (2021). Adapting cognitive-behavioral therapy for a Malaysian muslim. Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran35, 28. DOI: 10.34171/mjiri.35.28

Barki, N., Choudhry, F. R., & Munawar, K. (2020). The satisfaction with life scale: Psychometric properties in Pakistani population. Medical journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran34, 159. DOI: 10.47176/mjiri.34.159

Abu Hasan, H. E., Munawar, K., & Abdul Khaiyom, J. H. (2020). Psychometric properties of developed and transadapted grit measures across cultures: a systematic review. Current Psychology, 1-19. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-020-01137-w

Munawar, K., & Choudhry, F. R. (2021). Exploring stress coping strategies of frontline emergency health workers dealing Covid-19 in Pakistan: A qualitative inquiry. American journal of infection control49(3), 286-292. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.06.214

Munawar, K., Choudhry, F. R., Hadi, M. A., & Khan, T.  DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1701036M. (2020). Prevalence of and factors contributing to glue sniffing in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region: a scoping review and meta-analysis. Substance Use & Misuse55(5), 752-762.

Munawar, K., Abdul Khaiyom, J. H., Bokharey, I. Z., Park, M. S. A., & Choudhry, F. R. (2020). A systematic review of mental health literacy in Pakistan. Asia‐Pacific Psychiatry12(4), e12408. DOI: 10.1111/appy.12408

Begum, R., Choudhry, F. R., Khan, T. M., Bakrin, F. S., Al-Worafi, Y. M., & Munawar, K. (2019). Mental health literacy in Pakistan: A narrative review. Mental Health Review Journal. DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-08-2019-0026

Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., Akram, B., Al-Worafi, Y. M., Bakrin, F. S., Tey, L. Y., ... & Kamal, A. (2019). Xylophagia: a meta-synthesis of the literature. Mental Health Review Journal. DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-01-2019-0005

Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., Khaiyom, J. H. A., & Lian, T. C. (2020). Cognitive Behavior Therapy with a Migrant Pakistani in Malaysia: A Single Case Study of Conversion Disorder. JURNAL PSIKOLOGI MALAYSIA33(2).

Choudhry, F. R., Ming, L. C., Munawar, K., Zaidi, S. T. R., Patel, R. P., Khan, T. M., & Elmer, S. (2019). Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: a scoping review. International journal of environmental research and public health16(7), 1112. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16071112

Munawar, K., & Tariq, O. (2018). Exploring relationship between spiritual intelligence, religiosity and life satisfaction among elderly Pakistani Muslims. Journal of religion and health57(3), 781-795. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-017-0360-x

Choudhry, F. R., Al-Worafi, Y. M., Akram, B., Ahmed, M. A., Anwar ul Haq, M., Khan, T. M., ... & Golden, K. J. (2018). Factor structure of urdu version of the flourishing scale. Frontiers in psychology, 1513. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01513

Munawar, K., Kuhn, S. K., & Haque, S. (2018). Understanding the reminiscence bump: A systematic review. PloS one13(12), e0208595. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208595

Suleiman, A. K., Ismadi, N. F. I., Choudhry, F. R., Munawar, K., & Hameed, M. A. (2017). Determinant factors of depression: a survey among university students. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine17(3), 97-103. DOI: 10.37268/mjphm/vol.17/no.3/art.222

Munawar, K., Bokharey, I. Z., & Choudhry, F. R. (2017). Sexual conflicts in panic disorder: a multi-case study. Mental Health Review Journal. DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-02-2017-0012

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