Dr. Ishrat Yousuf

Dr. Ishrat Yousaf

Assistant Professor
  • An enthusiastic, resourceful, and goal-driven professional educator, with more than 7 years of academic and research experience at both Public and Private Higher Education institutions with proven expertise in delivering educational and research knowledge related to all aspects of Applied and Clinical Psychology.
  • I did Ph.D. in Psychology in 2015, where I conducted research on the “Prevalence and assessment of psychological disorders, Suicide risk, and social functioning among Pakistani Patients with HIV and AIDS”. I am well versed in Psychological Assessments, cross-cultural adaptation and validation of Psychological assessment tools, evidence-based intervention for mental health, and different research methods in psychology. I serve as an instructor, researcher, supervisor, and external evaluator for research thesis working with various higher education institutions. My primary research interests are particularly but not limited to the prevention, assessment, and intervention of mental disorders among youth, patients with HIV/AIDS, people with substance use disorders, and Autism. I am an active member of the American Psychological Association. I have published many peer-reviewed articles in national/international journals. I lead and work on collaborative research projects in the areas of HIV/AIDS and mental health, substance use, and youth mental health. I have continually demonstrated a record of funded research grants as a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator for projects on competitive merit from the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. My recently awarded project focuses on the cultural adaptation of mental health intervention, and the development of its android application for primary health care professionals to manage and treat people with substance use disorders in Pakistan.

PhD Psychology University of Peshawar, Pakistan 2015
MSc Clinical Psychology University of Peshawar, Pakistan 2003
MSc Clinical Psychology University of Peshawar, Pakistan 2003
BSc Home Economics University of Peshawar, Pakistan 2002
Assistant Professor Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad Since – 2019
Assistant Professor Foundation University Rawalpindi Campus, Islamabad 2019 – 2019
Assistant Professor Iqra University Islamabad 2016 – 2018
Assistant Professor Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi 2015 – 2016
External Evaluator of MS Thesis University of Peshawar Since – 2017
External Evaluator of MS Thesis Shahid Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar Since – 2019
Reviewer of Journal articles BMJ Open
Visiting Faculty Department of Psychology, National University of Modern Languages Islamabad 2017 – 2017
Member American Psychological Association
Member Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) Capital University of Science & Technology, Islamabad
Convener Curriculum Review Committee at Department of Psychology, Capital University of Science & Technology, Islamabad
1. (2022-2025): Higher Education Commission Pakistan under NRPU: Grant award as a Principal Investigator for the Research Project entitled: “eHealth supported Intervention for improving care for young people with substance disorders in Pakistan”
2. 2021-2023: Higher Education Commission Pakistan under NRPU: Grant award as a Co-principal Investigator for the Research Project entitled: “Preparation of Indigenous Manual Based Interventions for lowering Anxiety and depression levels among Pakistani Youth”
3. 2016-2017: Higher Education Commission Pakistan under SRGP: Grant: As a Principal Investigator for the Research Project entitled: “Predictors of Adherence to Highly Active Anti-retroviral Treatment among Individuals with HIV and AIDS in Pakistan”.
4. 22-25th July, 2016: Developing Country Scholarship Award at 74th International Council of Psychologists Yokohama Japan. ($2000) For oral presentation of the paper entitled “Anxiety & social functioning among HIV and AIDS individuals in Pakistan”
5. 2010-2015: Award for PhD Studies under “PhD Fellowship for 5000 Scholars” (Indigenous) Scheme, Batch-VI, 2010, Awarded by Higher Education Commission Pakistan.
  1. Project Planning, Management and Implementation, Data collection;
  2. Research Interests (HIV/AIDS, Autism, Suicide Assessment and Prevention, Substance Use, Mental Health);
  3. Systematically Researching and Integrating Evidence from Various Sources;
  4. Translation and Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Validation of Psychological Instruments.
1. MS Impact of Perceived Ease of Use and Perceived Usefulness of Enterprise Resource Planning System Adoption on End User Acceptance
2. BS Relationship of Screen Time and Green Time with Psychological Wellbeing and academic performance among University Students.
3. BS Psychometric evaluation of the Urdu Anxiety Scale for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Pakistan.
4. BS Personality Traits as predictors of internet addiction and procrastination among university students.
5. BS Role of Self-efficacy, Impostor Phenomenon and Career Aspiration of University Students
1. Yousaf, I., & Haqqani, S. (2022). HIV Treatment Adherence Self-efficacy Scale for Pakistani HIV/AIDS Patients: Translation and Psychometric Evaluation. Applied Nursing Research, Vol.66, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2022.151606
2. Naeem, B., Aqeel, M., Maqsood, A., Yousaf, I., Ehsan, S. (2021). Psychometric properties of the revised Urdu version dyadic adjustment scale for evaluating marital relationship quality between madrassa and non-madrassa married women. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-01-2020-0004
3. Aqeel, M., Abbas, J., Shuja, K., H., Rehna, T., Ziapour, A., Yousaf, I., & karamat, T. (2021). The Influence of Illness Perception, Anxiety and Depression Disorders on Students Mental Health during COVID-19 Outbreak in Pakistan: A Web-Based Cross-Sectional Survey. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 17-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-10-2020-0095.
4. Zaman, S., Arouj, K., Irfan, S., & Yousaf, I. (2021). Maladaptive schema modes as predictors of Post-traumatic stress disorders among Trauma survivors. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, Vol. 71, No.7. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.01-013.
5. Rizwan, I & Irshad, E. (2015). Suicide Risk among individuals with HIV/AIDS. Bahria journal of professional psychology, Bahria University,Vol. 14, No. 1:1-21.
6. Rizwan, I & Irshad, E. (2012). Post-traumatic stress disorders and depression among patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. Journal the Dialogue, Vol. VII. No. 4, 393- 414.
1. Rizwan, I., & Irshad, E. (2016). Anxiety and social functioning among individuals with HIV and AIDS. ‘Annual Scientific Conference & Board Meetings’.74th ICP, Inc. Conference, Yokohama Japan.
2. Yousaf, I, & Qaiser, M. (2016). Negative Self-beliefs as a barrier towards Career Aspirations” in 2nd National Home Economics Conference “HOME ECONOMICS: EXPANDING NEW HORIZON.

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