International Collaborative Partner of UTAR Global Research Network

Name Dr. Phang Cheng Kar
Designation Senior Medical Lecturer & Consultant Psychiatrist
Qualification B.Sc. (Medical Science), 1st class honors, UPM (1999).
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from UPM (2001).
Masters of Medicine (Psychiatry) from UKM (2009).
Organization Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Tel No. 03-8947 2541
Fax No. 03-8947 4629
UTAR Contact Person Dr Lee Poh Foong,

  • Part-Time Prof. in Soft Tissue Remodelling, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2000-present.
  • Professor of Medical Engineering, QMUL, 1999-present.
  • Associate Director of the IRC, QMUL, 1999-present.
  • Reader in Biomaterials & Biomechanics 1995-99.
  • Lecturer, Queen Mary, Univ. London 1989-95.
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Oxford Orthopaedic Engiineering Centre, Oxford University 1986-88.
Teaching & Administration
  • Psychiatry (SPK 3611)
  • Senior Psychiatry (SPK 4612)
  • Mindful-Gym: Mindfulness-based Relaxation Course for Medical Students
Research Interests
  • Mindfulness & positive psychology
  • Anxiety & depressive disorders
  • Wellness program for undergraduates
  • Spirituality & well-being
  • Meditation & mind-body medicine
Clinical Expertise
  • Psychiatry/psychological medicine
  • Mindfulness-based psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Funded Research Projects
  • Mindfulness for stress reduction among medical students by UPM.
  • Mindfulness for stress reduction among general adults in the community by MySihat/MOH.
Professional Membership
  • Malaysian Psychiatric Association (Member)
  • Malaysian Society of Behavioral Medicine (Member)
  • KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (President)
Publications & Presentations
Phang, C.K., Chiang, K.C., Keng, S-L. (2014). Mindful-S.T.O.P.: Mindfulness Made Easy for Stress Reduction in Medical Students. Education in Medicine Journal, 6(3), 48-56.
Phang, C. K., & Oei, T. P. S. (2012). From Mindfulness to Meta-mindfulness: Further Integration of Meta-mindfulness Concept and Strategies into Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Mindfulness, 3(2), 104-116.
Hee, K.L., Pathmawati, S., Norsiah, R., Phang, C.K. (2014). The effects of mindfulness training program on reducing stress and promoting well-being among nurses in critical care units. Australian Journal of Advance Nursing, 31 (3), 22-31.
Phang, C.K., Ang, J.K., Kayatri, S. (2013). An Asian Case of Clinical Vampirism. Malaysian Journal of Medical & Health Sciences, 9 (1), 87-89.
Phang, C.K., Marhani, M., Salina, A.A. Traditional Healers Are Causing Treatment Delay Among Patients With Psychosis In Hospital Kuala Lumpur: Fact Or Fallacy? Asean Journal of Psychiatry, 11 (2), 2010.
Tee, B.C., Phang, C.K., Rasidi, A, Rushdan, M., Aliyas, I., Hatta, S. 2013. The Prevalence and Risk Factors of Major Depressive Disorders in Gynaecological Cancer Patients – A Study From Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences, 10(1).
Tan, S. M. K., Jong, S. C., Chan, L. F., Jamaludin, N. A., Phang, C. K., Jamaluddin, N. S. (2013). Physician, heal thyself: The paradox of anxiety amongst house officers and work in a teaching hospital. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 5, 74-81.
Phang CK, Sherina MS, Zubaidai JO, Khin Ohnmar Naing@ Noor Jan, Firdaus M, Siti Irma Fadhilah Ismail and Normala I. (2015). Prevalence of Psychological Stress among Undergraduate Students Attending a Health Program in a Malaysian University. Pertanika.
Phang, C.K., Marhani, M., Salina, A.A. Pathway to Psychiatric Care for Patients with First-Episode Psychosis in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences, 7(2), 2011.
Phang, C.K., Marhani, M., Salina, A.A. Prevalence and Experience of Contact with Traditional Healers Among Patients with First-Episode Psychosis in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, 19 (2), 2010.
Normala I, Zubaidah JO, Naing KO Noor Jan, Irma FI, Phang CK, M Firdaus, Sherina MS (2015). Reliability and Factor structure of the General Health Questionnaire-12 among university students. Malaysian Journal of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Chan, L.F., Phang, C.K., Loo, T.H., Ong, L.Y., Tuti I., Suarn, S., Rabaiah, M.S. Factors Influencing Inpatient Duration Among Insanity Acquitees In A Malaysian Mental Institution. Asean Journal of Psychiatry, 11 (1): Jan-June, 2010.
I'm Still Human: Understanding Depression with Kindness.
Jom-Lah Fikir: A Guide on Transforming Thoughts for Your Wellbeing.
No Worry-Lah Be Happy: A Medical Student's Motivational Guide.
Don't Worry, Be Healthy – A Buddhist Guide for Health & Healing.
Psych-CLEAR: Psychopathology Made Clear & Easy for Medical Students.
Should A Person With Mental Illness Meditate?
Mindful-Gym Home DVD: A Self-Help Stress Reduction & Wellness program.
MINDFUL-Gym Audio CD: Guided Mindfulness-based Relaxation & Wellness.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Made Clear & Simple - DVD & Book.
3G-Gratitude: Card Game for Cultivating Happiness.

Quarterly Activites
January - March 2018
  • A paper has been published recently
October - December 2017
  • A paper has been published together in October 2017
July - September 2017
  • Last communicated email in 12.2016. No current active research is engaged.
April - June 2017
  • Research paper writing
January - March 2017
  • Dr Phang is busy at the moment being a specialist in Sunway Hospital, hardly have time for research. Therefore, the ICP will end mostly this year or earlier.
October - December 2016
  • Research collaboration in mindfulness , postgraduate supervision, project supervision
July - September 2016
  • The contact person informed that they had completed the collaboration and a new contact person to be appointed.
January - March 2016
  • Discussion and supervision on master students
October - December 2015
  • Constant advice on research activity
  • Supervise master student's research project from time to time
July - September 2015
  • Constant advice on research activity
  • Supervise master student's research project from time to time
April - June 2015
  • No activity
January - March 2015
  • No activity
October - December 2014
  • Collaboration on research
  • Provide advice and supervision for UTAR Postgraduates