List of Members Research Activities Summary of Report
Centre Name: Centre for Applied Psychology
Chairperson: Dr. Gan Su Wan (UTAR profile)
Description of Centre: Vision
The vision of the Centre of Applied Psychology (CAP) is to become a national and regional centre of excellence in the research area of applied psychology.

Mission Statement
  • To promote and pursue a rigorous R&D approach towards producing cutting edge research and expertise.
  • To collaborate with various stakeholders for ensuring the maximum utilization of resources and expertise in the selected applied psychology disciplines.
  • To inculcate appreciation of the rich diversity of research interest among academic staff and stakeholders, and abiding concern for the betterment of humans and the society. 
The Goals
In carrying out its mission, CAP is committed to:
  • Encourage multi and inter-disciplinary research among academic staff in applied psychology disciplines that fosters interaction and cooperation with various stakeholders (internal and external) in producing quality research.
  • Become an avenue for students and staff to plan, discuss and democratically chart the evolution of R&D both within the university and out.
  • Develop undergraduate and postgraduate academic apprentices through exposure to the activities of the centre.
  • Promote a culture of intellectual socialization among academic staff in the applied psychology disciplines with the society and region.
  • Support ongoing research projects by staff and students through administrative and managerial assistances in realizing their full potential
Research area:
  • Educational psychology as in psychology of teaching & learning, educational intervention, and social psychology of school as organization
  • Counseling psychology - personal and interpersonal functioning across life span; emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns.
  • Industrial/organizational psychology - e.g. workplace behavior, work performance, human resource
  • Clinical psychology - assessment, diagnosis, treatment, & prevention of mental disorders
  • Community psychology - quality of life of individuals, communities, & society
  • Environmental psychology - interdisciplinary field focused on the interplay between human & their surroundings
  • Cognitive psychology/neuroscience - mental processes, pattern recognition, memory, creativity.
  • Social and cultural psychology