Dr Karen Jennifer Golden

Senior Lecturer

Email: karen.golden@monash.edu

Profile Summary

Dr Karen Jennifer Golden completed her undergraduate studies on a scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She graduated with honors in 1995 with a double major in Psychology and Political Science.  She went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology. She holds an active license to practice as a psychologist from the California Board of Psychology and she also has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United Arab Emirates. She has lectured and served as a consultant internationally. Previously in Malaysia, she served as the Head of Department for Student Services and Counseling at a private international university. 

She joined Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia in 2011. She is currently the Psychology Honours Program Coordinator for the Sunway campus. Dr Golden has over 15 years of clinical work and training experience with diverse patients. She possesses expertise in individual, group, child, and family psychotherapy as well as psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessment.  

She is currently the primary investigator for an international grant-funded research project – the Malaysia-Australia Autism Sleep Health Project and Dr Golden is supervising a PhD student who is examining resilience and wellbeing in parents of children with ASD in Malaysia. 

Her other research projects include: a project investigating substance abuse relapse in Malaysia, a project examining religiosity and OCD in Christian and Muslim samples, a project exploring non-suicidal self-Injury in Malaysia, and another project to measure and enhance health-related quality of life in heart failure patients. 

She is also co-coordinating Positive Minds, a positive psychology research and interest group in South-East Asia.


BA Psychology and BA Political Science (USA); Masters in Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (USA)

Research Interests

Developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and ADHD; Positive psychology and well-being; Cross-cultural psychology, immigration, and Muslim Mental Health; PTSD and trauma including vicarious traumatization and Non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI); and Gifted education.  She is also interested in research in applied psychology fields within clinical and counseling psychology as well as health psychology and global public health. She is especially interested in mixed-methods and qualitative research methods.

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