Dr. Sabahat Haqqani


Sabahat Haqqani graduated with a silver medal in M.Sc. Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan (FJWU) in 2009. She was awarded HEC faculty development scholarship to complete PhD in Clinical Psychology from The University of Edinburgh, UK. She is practicing academician, researcher and clinical psychologist. She served as a lecturer at FJWU from 2010 to 2019 and joined Capital University of Science and Technology in September 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Since 2021, she is working as Head of Psychology Department. She is also In-charge of Wellbeing and Daycare Centres at the university. She has been involved in conducting psychological assessment, psychotherapy/ counselling and clinical trainings and supervision in school, college, special education, university, hospital, and private clinical settings. She is currently working on several funded and non-funded projects including development of intervention for depression, anxiety and stress, and psychological assessment tools. She has taught wide range of courses including counselling and psychotherapy, statistical analyses, research methodology, psychological assessment, experimental psychology and ethics. Her research interests include self-harm, suicide, interpersonal relationships, marital satisfaction, designing interventions for mental health concerns of youth, women and elderly, and designing behavioral insight interventions for traffic management, agriculture and mental health.

PhD Clinical Psychology The University of Edinburgh 2017
MS Behavioral Sciences Fatima Jinnah Women University 2009
Assistant Professor Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad Since – 2019
Assistant Professor Fatima Jinnah Women University 2018 – 2019
On Call Psychologist House of wellness: Mental Health and Drug Rehab, Islamabad Since – 2019
On Call Psychologist North East England South Asia Mental Health Alliance (NEESAMA) Since – 2019
Internee psychologist Psychiatry Department, Military Hospital Rawalpindi Pakistan 2008 – 2008
HoD Department of Psychology Since – 2021
MHiSA Member Mental Health Initiative South Asia (MHiSA) hosted by Bangor University and British Council
1. Help Seeking and Mental Health
2. Psychological Interventions and Assessment
3. Behavioral Economics Interventions
4. Suicide and Self-harm
Khalid, A., Haqqani, Williams, C. (2022). Guided self-help Urdu version of the living life to the full intervention for secondary school adolescents with low mood and anxiety in Pakistan: A feasibility study. Heliyon 8. e09809. DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022. e09809
Yousaf I. & Haqqani, S (2022). HIV Treatment Adherence Self-Efficacy Scale for Pakistani HIV/AIDS patients: Translation and psychometric evaluation. Applied Nursing Research 66, 151606. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2022.151606
Haqqani, S. & Mehmood, A. (2018). Residential care in Pakistan: Evolving practices in Punjab. In Islam, T. & Fulcher, L. (Eds.) Residential child and youth care in a developing world. Middle East and Asia Perspectives 3. South Africa: The CYC-Net Press.
Qadir, F., Haqqani, S., Khalid, A., Zill-e-Huma, & Medhin, G. (2014). A pilot study of depression among older people in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. BMC research note. 7. 409. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-7-409
Qadir, F., Gulzar, W., Haqqani, S., & Khalid, A. (2013). A Pilot Study Examining the Awareness, Attitude, and Burden of Informal Caregivers of Dementia Patients. The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care. 14(4). 230 -240.
Qadir, F., Khalid, A., Haqqani, S., Zill-e-Huma, & Medhin, G., (2013). The association of marital relationship with mental health of women in Pakistan. BMC Public Health. 13. 1150. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1150.
Qadir, F., Haqqani, S., & Khalid, A (2019). “Awareness session on Individuals with varied abilities” at Inclusive Health Conference held on April 27, 2019, Karachi, Pakistan
Haqqani, S., Schwannauer, M., Chan, S., & Qadir, F. (2016). Wellbeing and Deliberate Self-Harm among Pakistani School Going Adolescents: Structural Equation Modelling of Predictors. Paper presented at 74 Annual conference of International Council of Psychologists. 22–25 July 2016, Yokohama, Japan.
Haqqani, S., Schwannauer, M., Chan, S., & Qadir, F. (2016). Help Seeking Intentions of Pakistani School Going Adolescents for Personal and Interpersonal Concerns. Paper presented at 31st International Congress of psychology. 24–29 July 2016, Yokohama, Japan. International Journal of Psychology. 51(S1), 109.
Haqqani, S., Schwannauer, M., Chan, S., & Qadir, F. (2013). Deliberate self-harm among school going adolescents in Pakistan. The XXVII World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 18(1), 47.
Haqqani, S., & Khalid, A. (2012). Practical and ethical challenges in conducting research on Pakistani adolescent mental health. Paper presented at Persons, Bodies and the State in South Asia. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. Abstract retrieved from http://journals.ed.ac.uk/southasianist/article/view/45
Haqqani, S., Schwannauer, M., Chan, S. & F. Qadir (2013). Behind the scars: understanding self harm and help seeking among Pakistani adolescents. Poster presented at Postgraduate research conference 2013. School of Health in social Science. University of Edinburgh Scotland.

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