- Dr. Noreen Akhter joined C3A NUST in August 2009 as psychologist. She completed her PhD degree from National Institute of Psychology (NIP), Quaid-i-Azam, University, Islamabad. Her area of specialization is family relations, childhood developmental psychopathology and emotional management at workplace.
She has more than 12 years of experience in counselling, testing & research. Being a professional counsellor she has attended many trainings to update her professional skills. These trainings include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness. She was promoted in 2015 as the Senior Psychologist. Till now she has six research papers published in different indexed journals.
- Ayesha Mujeeb joined C3A in September, 2014. She brought with her fifteen years of extensive experience of working on social issues in the development sector. She earned seven years of working experience as a Senior Programme Officer/Trainer/ Clinical Psychologist with Rozan, an organization in Islamabad working on violence against women and children specifically domestic violence and child sexual abuse. She worked as a project coordinator for one and a half year with Plan International Pakistan on the project ‘Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health”. Ayesha also worked as a free-lance development consultant/trainer/psychologist for six years with different international and national organizations.
She has done her MS in Counselling from University of Queensland, Australia and Master’s in Clinical Psychologist from University of Peshawar. She is a certified therapist and has attended certification in Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), art therapy, play therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy and mindfulness from Australia.
She is also a certified master trainer and has conducted numerous trainings and training of trainers on various issues. Her specialized area of interest includes counselling skills, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, child protection, adolescent reproductive health, women and child rights, gender, communication skills, stress and anger management, life skills, self-awareness, behaviour change modification, facilitation skills and psycho- social intervention.
- Shaista Zafar Joined C3A, NUST in August 2014 as a Psychologist. She has completed MS in Clinical Psychology from International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). Her thesis for MS was on “Parental Acceptance-Rejection and Delinquent Behaviour among Adolescents: A Case Study of Slum Areas”. She was also awarded with distinction and 2nd position in overall BS (Hons) Psychology, from IIUI. Having five years’ worth experience of providing counselling at NUST, previously she also has remained as a visiting lecturer in IIUI for one year.
She also served as an intern in the Dept of Psychiatry, CDA Hospital, Islamabad and Dept of Psychiatry, General Hospital, Rawalpindi and successfully dealt with various psycho- diagnostic and psychotherapeutic cases. She is also proficient in the administration and interpretation of different psychological instruments like projective tests (TAT, HFD, HTP, Rorschach) for personality assessments, screening test (WISC, WAIS, DRS, BDI, BAI, Y-BOCS, SPM, CPM,) to identify IQ, and various learning, memory and cognitive deteriorations among children, adolescents and adults. Her training areas of interest include psychological assessment, character building, counselling skills and different psychological issues.
She is also the member of International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection (ISIPAR) and Life Member of Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA). Till now she has two research papers published in different journals.
- Sidra Azhar joined C3A as Career Counsellor in July 2015. Has done Advance Diploma in Career Counselling & Education from NUST. She has completed her master’s in applied psychology from Virtual University of Pakistan. Her thesis of master’s was Relationship between Parenting Styles and Self-Esteem among Adolescents in Secondary Schools. Currently she is pursuing her MS in Clinical Psychology from Foundation University, Rawalpindi. Her training includes career and educational counselling, identifying career interest, career guidance, career related testing/assessment, managing data destination and has also developed Card sort technique. She is also trained in Play therapy for Child empowerment.
During short stint of her deployment with Career Development Centre (CDC) NUST in 2018, she was involved in conducting various workshops and mock interview sessions on Resume Critique and Interviewing Skills for NUST students.
She has attended many trainings to update professional skills. Was one of the organizers of Career Counselling Symposium arranged by British Council. She has co-authored two research papers published in different indexed journals.
- Maham Rizwan Joined C3A in December 2020 after completing her MS in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Behavioral Sciences, S3H, NUST. Her clinical training/internship was conducted at the Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health, Rawalpindi where she has also been oriented to the area of community mental health as she worked at Dhok Hassu, Rawalpindi for three months. Her thesis was on translating and culturally adapting the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-3. This tool was developed by Pearson, USA and is used to measure the adaptive behaviours of children with developmental difficulties.
Her bachelor’s thesis was focused on borderline traits, non-suicidal self-injury, and negative emotional reactivity among young adults. She has also presented a research paper on the association between aggression and academic performance among students in an international conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and another on the association between anxiety and academic performance among students in Punjab University, Lahore.
She has also gained experience as a clinical intern at multiple institutes including government hospitals, rehab centers and special education schools and has worked as a research assistant at her parent department at NUST. In addition, she is a recipient of rector and dean merit awards during her bachelor’s degree. She also has a certification from the Johns Hopkins University on Psychological First Aid.