Dr. Phang Cheng Kar
Senior Medical Lecturer & Consultant Psychiatrist
B.Sc. (Medical Science), 1st class honors, UPM (1999).
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from UPM (2001).
Masters of Medicine (Psychiatry) from UKM (2009).
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Tel no. :
03-8947 2541
Fax no. :
03-8947 4629
Involvement with UTAR in academic & research

Contact Person:
  - Dr Lee Poh Foong
(Faculty of Engineering and Science)


  • House officer, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (2001 to 2002)
  • Medical officer, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (2002 to 2006)
  • Medical officer, National University of Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) (2006 to 2008)
  • Registrar in psychiatry, National University of Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) (2008 to 2009)
  • Senior medical lecturer & psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UPM (2009 till now).    
Teaching & Administration
  • Psychiatry (SPK 3611) 

  • Senior Psychiatry (SPK 4612) 

  • Mindful-Gym: Mindfulness-based Relaxation Course for Medical Students

Research Interests

1. Mindfulness & positive psychology
2. Anxiety & depressive disorders
3. Wellness program for undergraduates
4. Spirituality & well-being
5. Meditation & mind-body medicine 

Clinical Expertise

1. Psychiatry/psychological medicine
2. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy
3. 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.

Publications & Presentations

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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).

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.


1. I’m Still Human: Understanding Depression with Kindness.
2. Jom-Lah Fikir: A Guide on Transforming Thoughts for Your Wellbeing.
3. No Worry-Lah Be Happy: A Medical Student’s Motivational Guide.
4. Don’t Worry, Be Healthy – A Buddhist Guide for Health & Healing.
5. Psych-CLEAR: Psychopathology Made Clear & Easy for Medical Students.
6. Should A Person With Mental Illness Meditate?
7. Mindful-Gym Home DVD: A Self-Help Stress Reduction & Wellness program.
8. MINDFUL-Gym Audio CD: Guided Mindfulness-based Relaxation & Wellness.
9. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Made Clear & Simple - DVD & Book.
10. 3G-Gratitude: Card Game for Cultivating Happiness.

Professional Membership:

• Malaysian Psychiatric Association (Member)
• Malaysian Society of Behavioral Medicine (Member)
• KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (President)