Dr Tam Cai Lian

Associate Professor
Interim Head, Department of Psychology, JCSMHS

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: tam.cai.lian@monash.edu
Tel: +603 5514 4974
Office: Room 4-4-08

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9374-365X

Profile Summary

Dr Tam Cai Lian is the Associate Professor of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. She is a counselling psychologist and a registered counsellor from the Board of Counsellors Malaysia. Dr Tam has a special interest in the variety of challenges facing adolescents in modern Malaysia. She has a particular emphasis on the special areas which include contributory factors of drug abuse and the effects of counselling on mental health and wellbeing among the multi-ethnic groups. Currently, Dr Tam is the Director for Master of Professional Counselling (MoPC), Monash University Malaysia and the unit coordinator for Children and Adolescents Counselling, Counselling Skills: Individuals and Couple for the MoPC program.

Academic Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Ph.D (Psychology), UKM
  • M.A. (Counselling Psychology), UKM
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics, UKM
  • Registered and Licensed Counsellor, Board of Counsellors Malaysia
  • 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

Research / Education Interests

  • Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia
  • Exploring the effects of online counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy on students mental health and well being
  • Investigating the role of emotion regulation in adolescent self-injury
  • Exploring drug abuse relapse in Malaysia: Contributory factors and treatment effect
  • Classroom designs and its impact on learning engagement and teaching competency

Publications

Chie, Q. T., Tam, C. L., & Bonn, G. B. (2018). Malaysians’ preferences and concerns regarding seeking information about illegal drugs. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 143. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00143

Tang, K. S., Loo, M.Y., Tam, C. L, & Lee, W.H. (2018). Cultural influences on pharmacy student engagement in a global university. Pharmacy Education, 18 (1) 1-8. ISSN 1447-2701 online © 2018 FIP

Wong, K. P., Wong, C.P., Tam, C. L, & Bonn, G. (2018). Preferences for online and/or face-to-face counseling among university students in Malaysia. Frontiers in Psychology, section Clinical and Health Psychology.

Chie, Q. T., Tam, C. L., & Bonn, G. (2017). An evaluation of drug prevention education and drug rehab treatment in Malaysia: A multi-perspective study. Proceedings of International Conference: Vol.2. First Southeast Asia Regional Conference of Psychology: Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development (pp. 168-177). Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam National University (VNUBooks). ISBN: 978-604-62-9912-7

Yeoh, S. H., Tam, C. L., Bonn, G., Wong, C. P. (2017). Examining Depressive Symptoms and their Predictors in Malaysia: Stress, Locus of Control, and Occupation. Frontier Psychology 5(1328).

Tam, C.L., Bonn, G., Khairuddin, R., Dang, H. M., & Chie, Q. T. (2016). Improving Drug Abuse Treatment Outcomes. The Monash Malaysia Annual Review 2015, 11.

Tam, C.L., Bonn, G., Yeoh, S. H., Wong, C. P., & Yap, C. C. (2016). Physical Activity and its Correlates among Adults in Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study. PLOS ONE.

Chie, Q. T., Tam, C. L., Bonn, G & Dang, H.M., & Khairuddin, R. (2016). Substance Abuse, Relapse, and Treatment Program Evaluation in Malaysia: Perspective of Rehab Patients and Staff Using the Mixed Method Approach. Frontiers in Psychiatry, addictive disorders. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00090

Bonn, G., Tam, C. L. (2016). Imagining a good life in Malaysia and China: Cultural beliefs among Mainland Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, and Malay University students. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/ajsp.12120

Tay,E. L.,  Lee,W.H.,  Jamaluddin,S. F.,  Tam, C. L.,  & Wong, C. P. (2016). The epidemiology of childhood brain injury in the state of Selangor and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. BMC Pediatrics. doi:10.1186/s12887-016-0590-1

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.

Research Grants

1. Title: A Qualitative Study on Drug Abuse Relapse in Malaysia: Contributory Factors and Treatment Effect
(Grant offered by Monash University, July 2011-July 2012)
Value: RM10,000
Project leader: Dr Tam Cai Lian (Monash University)
Status: Completed
Committees:        
Dr. Lee Teck Heang (Monash University)
Dr. Shamsul Haque (Monash University)
Dr. Karen Jennifer Golden (Monash University)
Mr. Har Wai Mun (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)

2. Title:  Stress, Coping Strategies, Self-Esteem, General Health and Academic Performance of University Business Students
(Grant offered by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, January 2011-July 2012)

Value: RM 27,200
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Lim Yet Mee (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)
Committees:
Dr. Lee Teck Heang (Help Universiti)
Dr. Yap Ching Seng (Universiti Tun Abdul Razak)
Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University)
Dr. Poon Wai Ching (Monash University)

3. Title: Contributory Factors of Drug Abuse Relapse and Treatment Effectiveness in Malaysia
(Grant offered by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), July 2012-June 2014)
Value: RM 35,000
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University)
Committees:
Dr. Shamsul Haque (Monash University)
Dr. Karen Jennifer Golden (Monash University)        
Dr. Lee Teck Heang (Help University)

4. Title:  Culture, family, perceptions, self in family beliefs and well-being in students
(Grant offered by Monash University, July 2012-December 2013)
Value: RM 20,000
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Miraim Sang-Ah Park (Monash University)
Committees:
Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University)
Dr. Karen Jennifer Golden (Monash University)

5. Title: An Investigation of the Relationships of Mental Health, Self-esteem and  Gender with Perceived Physical Attractiveness in Young Adults
Value: RM 5,380
(Grant offered by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, July 2012-December 2013)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Geraldine A/P Pangiras (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)
Committees:
Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University)
Dr. Miriam Sang-AhPark (Monash University)
Vashnarekha A/P Kumarasuriar (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman)

6. Title: Slowing the spread of diabetes: Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia
Value: RM 75,000
(Grant offered by Tropical Medicine & Biology Research Platform, Monash University Sunway, Jan 2014-July 2015)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Dr. Gregory Bonn (Nagoya University Japan)

7. Title: Slowing the spread of diabetes: Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia
Value: RM 80,100
(Grant offered by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), September 2013-December 2016)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Dr. Gregory Bonn (Nagoya University Japan)

8. Title: Prevention of diabetes: Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, and lifestyle among sociocultural groups in Malaysia
Value: RM 33,200
(Grant offered by Tropical Medicine & Biology Research Platform, Monash University Malaysia, Jan 2013-Jan 2014)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Dr. Gregory Bonn (Nagoya University Japan)

9. Title: Improving drug abuse treatment outcomes: Developing database system for individualizing treatment and outcome evaluation
Value: RM 60,000
(Grant offered by National Higher Education Research Institute IPPTN (CLMV), 1 December 2014-31December 2015)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Committee:
Dr. Gregory Bonn (Nagoya University Japan)
AP Dr. Rozainee Khairuddin (National University Malaysia)
AP Dr. Dang Hoang Minh (Vietnam National University)

10. Title: Diabetes Prevention: Investigating Motivation and Barriers of Exercise and Healthy Eating
Value: RM3,000
(Funding offered by Tele Medicine and Biology Platform (TMB), September 2016 till December 2016)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai LianCommittee: Gregory Bonn (UCSI Malaysia)

11. Title: Drugs Prevention: Seeking and Sharing Drug Use and Prevention Information in Malaysia
Value: RM9,876
(Funding offered by Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21), December 2016 till December 2017)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian
Committee: Gregory Bonn (UCSI Malaysia)

12. Title: Creating innovative teaching and learning spaces for Master of Professional Counselling
Value: RM162,000
(Funding offered by Education Strategic Funding Monash University Malaysia, Jan 2017 till December 2017)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian
Committee:
Associate Professor Shamsul Haque (Monash University Malaysia)
Associate Professor Amudha Kadirvelu (Monash University Malysia) Cheong Poh Wah (Monash University Malaysia)
Amanda Chong (Monash University Malaysia)

13. Title: Classroom designs and its impact on learning engagement and teaching competency
Value: RM10,000
(Funding offered by Monash Education Academy , 30 May 2017)
Status: Completed
Project leader: Dr. Tam Cai Lian
Committee:
Catherine Yew (Monash University Malaysia)

14. Title: Innovative Interventions to Improve Mental Health in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia
Value: RM78,000
(Funding offered by KFUPM Deanship of Scientific Research Saudi Arabia, Grant number 171009, February 2018 till December 2019)
Status: In progress
Project leader: Dr. Gregory Bonn
Committee: Associate Professor Dr. Tam Cai Lian

15. Title: The Role of School Uniforms in Promoting Malaysian National Identity
Value: RM 53,000
(Grant offered by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), July 2016 till July 2019)
Status: In progress
Project leader: Associate Professor Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Committee: Dr. Brendon Robert Tagg (Monash University Malaysia)

16. Title: “Creative Classroom Designs:  The Impact on Learning Engagement and Teaching Competency at Monash University Malaysia.”
Value: RM 20,000
(Grant offered by MUM Learning and Teaching Research Grants 2018 (Oct 2018 till December 2019)
Status: In progress
Project leader: Associate Professor Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)
Committee:  
A/ Prof Amudha Kadirvelu (Monash University Malaysia)
Ms Leanne Rose Munro (Monash University Australia)

17. Title: “Implementation of the experiential learning theory in the Master-level group counselling course at Monash University Malaysia for teaching enhancement.”
Value: RM 20,000
(Grant offered by MUM Learning and Teaching Research Grants 2018 (Oct 2018 till December 2019)
Status: In progress
Project leader: Dr. Rachel Ting Sing Kiat (Monash University Malaysia)
Committee:  
Associate Professor Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Monash University Malaysia)

18. Title: “Monash-Sunway Decarbonization Initiative: Microalgae Farming and Native Tree Planting.”
Value: RM 250,000
(Grant offered by MUM Sustainable Community Grant Scheme 2018 (Oct 2018 till December 2020)
Status: In progress
Project leader: Dr. Foo Su Chen (School of Science, Monash University Malaysia)
Committee:  
Associate Professor Dr. Tam Cai Lian (Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia)
Prof Sadequr Rahman, School of Science & Tropical Medicine and Biology (TMB), Monash University Malaysia
A/Prof Chong Meng Nan, School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia
Dr Saman Ilankoon, School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia
Dr Ooi Chien Wei, School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia
Dr Yek Sze Huei, School of Science, Monash University Malaysia
Dr Wong Zhi Hoong, School of Arts and Social Science, Monash University Malaysia
A/Prof Motoki Watabe, School of Business & Neurobusiness Lab, Monash University Malaysia

Research Supervision

Name: Manal Asif (Full scholarship from Monash University)
Thesis Title: Relationship of Religiosity with Obsessive Compulsive Beliefs and Symptoms in Equal Exposed Groups
Associate supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2015

Name: Intan Aidura Alias
Thesis Title: Age-related positivity effect in autobiographical memory: A test of cognitive control and socioemotional selectivity theory
Associate  supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2015

Name: Yap Chin Choo (Full scholarship from Monash University)
Thesis Title: The ranking of psychosocial and cognitive variables in affecting diabetes self-management and life quality
Primary supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2016

Name: Lim Swee Geok
Thesis Title: The Relationship between Caring Behaviours and Professional self-concept of Malaysian nurses
External Associate supervisor of University Malaya
Year of completion: 2018

Name: Chie Qiu Teng (Scholarship from Monash University, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) & My PhD scholarship-Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia)
Thesis Title: A mixed method study of drug abuse relapse in Malaysia: Contributory factors and treatment effectiveness
Primary supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2017

Name: Tay Ee Lin
Thesis Title: Evaluation of the current rehabilitation state and assessment of the effectiveness of a proposed virtual rehabilitation system for children with brain injury Associate supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2018

Name: Wong Kah Peng (Scholarship from Tropical Medicine and Biology-Tele-Medicine, Monash University)
Thesis Title: The Effects of Online Counselling on Students Mental Health and Well being Main supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2018

Name: Yeoh Si Han (Scholarship from Tropical Medicine and Biology-
Tele-Medicine, Monash University & Fundamental Research Grant Scheme FRGS)
Thesis Title: Slowing the spread of diabetes in Malaysia: Investigating health knowledge, beliefs, lifestyle and prevention programs
Main supervisor of Monash University
Submission Date: 2018

Name: Tan Su Chen (Scholarship from Tropical Medicine and Biology-Tele-Medicine, Monash University)
Thesis Title: Understanding the role of emotion regulation in adolescent self-injury
Main supervisor of Monash University
Year of completion: 2018

Name: Jo Anne Saw (Scholarship Ministry of Higher Education)
Thesis Title: School-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intervention for depressive symptomatology: Intervention for Malaysian Adolescents
Main supervisor of Monash University
Submission Date: 2020

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