Department of Psychology Events/ Seminars/ Workshops

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On World Kidney Day (10 March), Students from Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities under mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) held an awareness followed by training workshop on the importance of Kidney Health and the related Renal Ailments under the umbrella of community services, NUMS Kindred Kinship (NK2): Kidney Care.

This session was initiated by the host Ms. Maria Saif (Student- DSBS), followed by Ms. Warda Waheed (Student DSBS) who give a brief introduction on the subject matter and highlighted the significance of kidney while Ms. Rabbia Zaheer talked about myths related to hemodialysis. Squadron leader Ghulam Abbas (Vice President Pakistan National Heart Association (PANNAH), General Secretary Information and Publication of Pakistan Kidney Patient Association (PKPA)) was invited as a Chief Guest. From importance of kidney care, to co-morbidity, prevention and prevalence of renal diseases in youth was a subject of talk.  Another panelist Dr. Erum Mounis (MBBS, MPH / AD QA, dte, NUMS) enlightened the audience on co-morbidity and how the organs are interconnected within a human being and problem in one organ can lead to other organ disorders as well. Also she shed light on misinformation regarding kidney treatments and how hemodialysis and peritoneal-dialysis are different and how one can cope with it. Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid (Head NUMS Department of Psychology) also graced the session and really appreciated the efforts of Ms. Saira (NDP) who has been working as advisory board member since 2013 at Pakistan Kidney Patients Association and in 2019 bring the idea of community services to NUMS and Transferred the energy of serving humanity as Nobel cause among students from faculty of social sciences and humanities. Students from NUMS Department of Psychology oath to raise funds for needy hemodialysis patients in coming month of Ramadan with the guidance of DSBS students, who already are deeply involved in community services activities. Furthermore, team efforts of NUMS Kindred Kinship were well acknowledged by audience which has been independently working with PKPA voluntarily, serving the humanity and spreading civic sense, community at large.

Lastly Head NUMS Department of Psychology presented NUMS souvenir to the Chief Guest- Squadron leader Ghulam Abbas as a token of gratitude, and certificates were distributed to the participating students who put their efforts in organizing the event and making it wholesome. Lastly, panelists were thanked for taking out their time and sharing their knowledge on the subject matter. The event ended fulfilling its mission of imparting kinship, together as a team which will make an unsaid relationship with a stranger through an act of virtue and righteousness which makes a world a better place to live in.


On December 1st, 2021, a seminar on the topic “Work-Life Balance” was conducted by students from Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.  The seminar was coordinated by Ambassador of Youth Club from NUMS, Maida Arif (BS.SSH-VI), under the guidance of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC). The Guest speaker of the day was Raja Zia-ul-Haq, CEO of Youth Club. Youth Club is a non-Profit Organization that works to inspire Youth, being the torch-bearers of the nation. Currently, Youth Club is conducting “Winds of Change Tour 2021’, a month-long tour in which different teams from of youth club are visiting different institutions of the country. The seminar was attended by the students of all departments of NUMS, PWD Campus. Total participants of the event were 98.

The event proceeded as Ms. Maida, presented a welcome note and introduced the speaker and his organization and recitation was presented by Hafiz Maaz Abdullah (BS.PH-II). Through his knowledge, experience and eloquence, the speaker was able to engage the audience. He began his talk by invoking the thought of philosophy and purpose of life and afterlife among the audience. In order to lead a worthy life an individual should strengthen Mind, Body and the Soul. Mind should have intellectual strength, body should be physically strong, for which one should look what he/she is eating and in what quantity and also if the person engages in physical exercise. Soul, he said could only be strengthened through the Remembrance of the Almighty (Zikr). The balance of use of examples relatable by the audience as well as the references from the Holy Quran kept the students tied up with the speaker.

The event concluded as Ms. Warda Waheed (BS.SSH-VI), thanked the speaker as well as the departments of NUMS, who made the event possible. The Guest was presented with the souvenir from the university by Ms. Saira Javed on the behalf of Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary (Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities)


On 13th April, 2022 a Focus Group Discussion on topic of “Infertility” was undertaken by one of the group of students (Mahnoor Khattak, Ahmad Yousuf & Abeeha Batool) from BS-Psychology Semester III (NDP). They took an initiative to educate youth regarding causes and consequences of "Infertility" among male and female as part of their course assignment from Public Health and Social Work, under the supervision of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC).

Health Professional Dr. Erum Monis (AD, QA dte, NUMS) was invited to educate students on the taboo associated with altered fertility or infertility, sharing actual facts from a scientific perspective. The discussion proceeded with the question, ‘what is infertility? followed by the misconceptions related to infertility. The aim was to achieve maximum knowledge regarding infertility which is also closely related to PCOS as it is one of the leading causes of infertility. Furthermore, a healthy discussion took place between the students who had participated with the expert. She mentioned that 90% of people from rural areas don’t know how to copulate due to a lack of knowledge and associated taboo of discussion. The misapprehension is that if a married couple can’t conceive in the first two years of marriage, they are labeled ‘infertile’. It is rare for women in Pakistan to know about personal hygiene and sexual education.

According to Dr. Erum Monis, the advice is to seek a doctor only if there is any dysfunction in the male’s reproductive parts. Even the gender of the child is depicted by the male partner because females have X chromosomes only and it’s the male with Y chromosomes. Youth is kept unaware of the situation. Our societal and cultural norms do not allow us to talk about sexual education openly. They don’t even allow us to talk about infertility. Even the couples hesitate and keep this private. She further highlighted the issues of reproductive health of both men and women in Pakistan. She stressed upon the solution to the problem which is healthy life. Progress should be made to improve life and focus on mental and physical health. If the couple is unable to conceive in the first 2 3 years of marriage, take it normally.

In second phase of focus group discussion Dr. Sawera Mansoor (Psychiatrist, Foundation University, Islamabad) was invited to enlighten youth on the mental stress faced by couples facing infertility or sub-fertility, by family and society at large. In most cases bigger burden and blame game is born by females. She also guides audience about basic coping strategies in such stressful situation. Both guest speakers addressed this sensitive topic very effectively by answering questions posed by the students. They emphasized on students on gaining correct knowledge, empathetic behavior and how to maintain good reproductive health. mental health of women who suffer from infertility was also played at the event in which Dr. Sawera explained the effect infertility causes on the physical and mental health of women.


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On World International Women’s Day, Students of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities felt the need of donating blood for women and from women as humanitarian cause. Women are strong and equally capable compared to male counterparts to donate blood, to serve the humanity which not only benefits the recipient but also serves the donor, both physically as well as psychologically.

On March 3rd, 2022, Under mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, NUMS) students of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (DSSH) organized an event on the significance of blood donation for women under the umbrella of community services of “Red Ray”. The team of NUMS Red Ray independently have been working on blood donation in collaboration of other organizations such as Pakistan Kidney Patient Association, Jamila Sultana and general population since 2019.

Students of Faculty of SSH NUMS, aimed to aid the individuals who needed blood for their survival or sustenance since its inception. They played their part either through direct donation or through networking and now aims to maximize its outreach to the general population. Students from Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Mr. Hassnain Khalid, Ms. Warda Waheed, Ms. Maria Saif, Ms. Adeena Tariq, Ms. Maryam Naeem, Ms. Maryam Bibi, Ms. Madeha Ilyas, Ms. Meesha Rao, Ms. Unaiza Rehman and Ms. Hareem Fatima) and Department of Psychology (Mr. Ahmed Yousaf, Ms. Abeeha Batool, Ms, Mahnoor Khattak, Ms. Farba Khan, Ms. Nimra Tariq and Ms. Samaha sehar) has facilitated the organization of this event and other previous many activities for blood donation for general public.

As the program proceeded, a student of Department of Psychology (DoP), Ms. Abeeha Batool, come forward fighting off her fears and shared her experience on the Self-Management of a health condition (Thalassemia minor), which requires Blood transfusion at later stage. For the opinion of professionals, a panel session was set. Panelists included, Dr. Rehma Gillani (Gynecologist-Department of Public Health), Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid (Psychologist-HOD Dept. of Psychology) and Lt Col Tauqeer Abbas (Retd) who is the project Director of Jamila Sultana Foundation. It was a holistic session with such different disciplines where Dr. Gillani talked about the physiological aspect of blood donation; encouraged to get routine screening test done which is crucial for early onset detection or diagnosis related to a wide range of conditions and diseases. On the other hand, a psychological point of view especially the fear attached with prick of needles and related issues were very well explained by Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid. Last but not the least, Lt Col.Tauqeer (Retd), shared his perspective on daily basis with thalassemia patients in his organization Jamila Sultana. Prof Dr. Azam Chaudhry (Anthropologist -Dean-Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) graced the session with his presence and shared his take on the subject matter with reference to cousin marriages and genetic issues.

Furthermore, souvenir was presented to Lt Col. Tauqeer Abbas (Retd) and as a token of acknowledgment, certificates were distributed to the participating students. Furthermore, Ms. Maryam Naeem from DSBS (7th semester) was appointed ambassador of Jamila Sultana at NUMS for upcoming blood donation camps and other related sessions.

At the end, panelists were thanked for taking out their time and sharing their knowledge on awareness of blood donation for and from women. The event ended leaving a ray by motivating everyone specially women to donate blood after approval from doctor (Physical Examination).



The webinar series started by Department of Psychology, FSSH, NUMS from 4th August, 2021. This webinar series is focused on the mental health awareness and coping strategies to be utilized by general public to improve their emotional wellbeing. The first in the series webinar was conducted on Psychological First Aid/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The participants registered themselves from all over the world. The registered member for the webinar was around 190 individuals, while anyone could join through the Zoom link. Dean FSSH Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary chaired this Webinar, focal person was Dr. Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS), and moderated by Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS).  The panel of accomplished speakers shared their in-depth knowledge on the topic. The event started with the recitation of verses from Holy Quran, moving forward with the opening remarks by Worthy Dean FSSH Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary.

The first speaker was Honorable Vice Chancellor FATA University, Prof. Dr. Jahanzaib Khan. Currently he is President Pakistan Psychological Association, and served as Vice Chancellor Swat University as well. The valuable information regarding the limitations and challenges community is facing in particular part of Pakistan along with the mental health concerns and strategies to deal with them were shared. Moving forward Worthy Dean Institute of Clinical Psychology Prof. Dr. Uzma Ali shared her knowledge and experience along with three other experts in the field of Clinical Psychology, Dr. Sobia Aftab (Associate Professor, UOK), Dr. Salman Shehzad (Associate Professor, UOK), Dr. Hina Imran (Associate Professor, UOK). The practical management strategies and complete layout to provide Psychological first aid was shared. Then Head of Department Psychology, Karakoram International University Dr. Sadiq Hussain (Associate Professor) comprehensively taking the discussed points forward and added suggestions to the existing knowledge. Finally, the last speaker, Dr. Qaisar Abbas (Assistant Professor) GC University, Faisalabad, concluded the webinar points by adding information from his experience.

The significant points taken from this webinar regarding psychological first aid/ Child & Adolescent Mental Health is to properly channel youth's energies in a positive productive way. As well as ways to properly observe, listen, and connect with the individual in trauma to stabilize them using different techniques. The eight core actions for psychological aid were discussed. The techniques for dealing an individual in traumatic situation by understanding the individual through active listening, social engagement ensuring the safety and security. The attendees were quite active in their participation and participated from around the world as well. The success of webinar measured by the consistent full-house in zoom room, and further participants contacting the department privately to show their interests in the future for such activities. This webinar will be followed by three other webinars of the same nature but dealing with diverse topics.


The Department of Psychology, Faculty of SSH, NUMS, started the webinar series on 4th August 2021. This webinar series focused on the mental health awareness and coping strategies to be utilized by the general public to improve their emotional wellbeing. After the success of the first two webinars on "Psychological First Aid/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health" and "Role of Social Support in Mental Health Issues", the third Webinar was conducted on the topic of "Psychological Dependancy in Interpersonal Relationships" on 11th August 2021 at 2 PM -4 PM. The participation in the event was from a worldwide audience using the online virtual services. The registered member for the Webinar was around 200 individuals, while anyone could join through the Zoom link. Dean Faculty of SSH Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary made it possible to conduct the event while Dr Arif Mahmood chaired this Webinar (Associate Professor, DSBS, NUMS). This Webinar focal person was Dr Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS), and Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS) was the moderator for the event.  The expert panel gave their talk and shared their in-depth knowledge on the topic. The event started with reciting verses from the Holy Quran by Ms Azka Riaz (BS Psychology), moving forward with opening remarks for the session by respected Dr Arif Mehmood (Chair). The Department of Psychology was introduced to the general public. The department launched the Program for an undergraduate degree in Spring 2021 of BS Psychology. BS Psychology announced admissions for its second intake in Fall-2021.

Initiating the Webinar, the first speaker was worthy Prof. Dr Shazia Hassan Head of Department, University of Central Punjab. She is having vast experience in teaching, administration and clinical practice. Speaker gave a detailed overview regarding the topic, sharing the practical experience and professional terminologies to deal with the relationship and cope with dependency. The idea was that relationships work as a safety net for an individual and balance their lives to make them productive. The next speaker Dr Khawer Bilal Baig, Associate Professor, Bahria University, Lahore, shared his opinion on the topic from his years-long experience in several institutions in Pakistan. Speaker highlighted the critical issues in maintaining and sustaining the relationships. Adding the roles of relationships, and the types of interdependence, by providing real-life examples. Participants were interested in the talk and were inquisitive to know more, and asked questions from the speakers. Dr Salman Shehzad delivered the next talk (Associate Professor, University of Karachi) certified addiction professional. He is in charge research and training unit for the prevention and treatment of SUDs at ICP. Speaker highlighted and further elaborated on the points discussed and followed by Dr Salman Shehzad, Chairperson Department of Psychology, Dr Muhammad Saleem Islamia University of Bahawalpur to share his knowledge on the topic. Dr Mazhar Iqbal Bhatti (Assitant Professor, Acting Chairman, Department of Psychology, International Islamic University, Islamabad and Dr Syeda Razia Bukhari (Assistant Professor, SZABIST, Islamabad) concluded the Webinar by giving their elaborations on the topic under discussion.

In the end, all the speakers were thanked for their valuable time and efforts, as well as the participants, were thanked for their participation by Moderator (Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi). The closing remarks were given by Dr. Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS).



The second webinar of the series was conducted on Friday 6th August, 2021 by Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH), on “Role of Social Support in Mental Health Issues” in NUMS, PWD, Campus, Rawalpindi. Registered members were 72 for the webinar from across the globe and other participants also joined the webinar with the zoom link. Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry chaired the webinar. Focal person of the webinar was Dr. Zakia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The webinar session was moderated by Muhammad Umar Fayyaz (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The panel consisted of renowned psychologists and speakers from across the country with vast experience and in-depth knowledge on the topic. Event started with recitation of Holy Quran. The event was formally commenced with the welcome note by the worthy Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry.

First speaker of the event was chief guest, worthy Vice Chancellor, Rawalpindi Woman University Professor Dr Anila Kamal. Dr. Anila had served as Director, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Speaking on the topic, Dr. Anila emphasized how timely social support can prove instrumental in the mental health issues and how critical it can be with reference to psychosocial issues faced by masses. Next speaker of the webinar was Dr. Sadia Saleem, Dean, School of Professional Psychology, University of Management and Technology, Lahore. Speaking on the topic, she highlighted the role of institutions in extending social support to the students and also emphasized on the role of parents in providing adequate social support to the youth. Moving on with the webinar, Next speaker was Dr. Rizwana Amin, Associate Professor at Bahria University, Islamabad campus. She emphasized on the role of stigmatization of seeking social support in the society which needs to be minimized while seeking support from society should be enhanced. However, she also maintained that too much support may create dependency among individuals so a balanced approach may be taken in terms of social support. Next guest speaker was Dr. Saima Riaz who is an experienced clinical psychologist and has vast experience in the field of clinical psychology, currently working as Lecturer at Department of Psychology, University of the Gujrat. She elaborated the role of social support and how it strengthens the bond of trust between individual and society and plays a role of bridge when individuals are growing up. Our last guest speaker was Dr. Razia Anjum, another well-known clinical psychologist with tons of experience to her credit, currently working as Lecturer at Government Women University, Sialkot. She highlighted the importance of balanced social support and was of the view that too much support at the end of parental figure might spoil the children in the longer run. Question answer session was initiated by the moderator at the end of webinar and students asked some valid questions from the experienced faculty who were present to answer the queries. Senior faculty of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences contributed and addressed the questions and queries of students. Worthy dean also contributed at the end with his valuable remarks about the role and importance of social support and made comparison between the type of social support given in west to that of societies like Pakistan where collectivistic culture is prominent and social support is only considered valid if it is coming from a collectivistic bunch within the society. Worthy dean extended his gratitude towards Department of Psychology, especially focal person of the webinar Dr. Zakia Bano for organizing such fruitful webinar with renowned speakers in the field of Psychology. 



The Department of Psychology, Faculty of SSH, National University of Medical Sciences conducted a webinar on the widely debated topic and social issue we are facing in dealing with drug use and abuse. Webinar on Adolescent Drug dependence, intervention and prevention attracted the experts in the field of substance abuse and treatment and the attendees of all age groups from Pakistan and abroad participated. This Webinar focused on adolescents’ drug use, intervention and prevention strategies. A panel of three experts from international and national institutions broaden the horizon covering the national and international challenges faced in controlling the escalating issue. The event was 1.5 hours, which included an extensive interactive discussion between the valuable speaker panel and audience.

The execution of the event was made possible by the support of Dean Faculty of SSH Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary and with the efforts of Dr Zakia Bano, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology. This event was chaired by Dr. Arif Mehmud Associate Professor, DSBS, and the focal person for this event was Dr. Zakia Bano Associate Professor, Department of Psychology. Anyone from around the world could join the event using the zoom link. The event started by welcoming worthy speakers and participants. Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi, Lecturer, Department of Psychology was the moderator for the event. The event started with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The session was opened with the remarks from respected Dr Arif Mehmood (Chair). The Department launched the Program for an undergraduate degree in Spring 2021. The BS Program was introduced to the general public.

Initiating the Webinar, the first speaker was worthy Dr Simone Theirry, head of national psychological assistant service, national trainer of trainers on substance use intervention prevention in Cameroon. Dr Simone highlighted the importance of issues, types of substances, challenges, prevention techniques, and reforms to improve the situation. He discussed the risk factors involved in drug use and abuse, particularly in adolescents.

Next talk was delivered by Dr Salman Shehzad, Associate Professor, University of Karachi, certified addiction professional, in-charge research and training unit for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders at ICP, University of Karachi. Dr Salman Shehzad provided comprehensive and easy to understand information using pictorial assistance and sharing the indigenous data regarding the seriousness of the issue among adolescents. The models have been discussed, and the stages of change were discussed in detail.

Lastly, respectable Dr Noor Ul Zaman Rafiq (Addiction Prevention and Treatment Specialist, National Director, Institute of Living and Learning, Chairperson Phoenix Foundation for Research & Development) shared his insights on the topic and provided further elaborations on the framework for action, intervention strategies, life skills-based education, recommendations for prevention in Pakistan, and clinical strategies to be utilized.

In the end, Moderator (Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi) asked participants for the question and answer session, and valuable speakers provided comprehensive answers to the queries of participants. All the speakers and participants were thanked, and the session was successfully concluded.