Ms. Parveen Akhtar

Senior Lecturer

Ms. Parveen Akhtar’s research career spans over 6 years. She has contributed significantly in the design, implementation and evaluation of psychological interventions developed by World Health Organization for resource poor settings. She has recently stepped in academia.. Her teaching philosophy aims to create a classroom environment that is conducive not only for learning subject related skills but also for mental health and wellbeing of students.

MPhil Psychology Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 2014
BSc. (Hons) Behavioral Sciences Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi Pakistan 2011
Senior Lecturer Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad. Since 2022
Visiting Lecturer Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad. 2022
Junior Research Fellow Human Development Research Foundation, Pakistan 2014 – 2018
Research Assistant Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan 2011 – 2012
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Evaluation of Psychological interventions
  • Mental health of children and adolescents
  • Systematic reviews
1. Afridi, M. Z., Akhtar, P., & Khan, M. N. (2022). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prevalence of Depressive Symptoms among Healthcare Workers in Pakistan during Covid Pandemic. Pakistan Journal of Medical & Health Sciences, 16(02), 2-2.
2. Khan, M. N., Akhtar, P., Ijaz, S., & Waqas, A. (2021). Prevalence of depressive symptoms among university students in Pakistan: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in public health, 8, 603357.
3. Hamdani, S. U., Suleman, N., Akhtar, P., Nazir, H., Masood, A., Tariq, M., Koukab, A., Salomone, E., Pacione, L., & Brown, F. (2021). Effectiveness of a technology-assisted, family volunteers delivered, brief, multicomponent parents’ skills training intervention for children with developmental disorders in rural Pakistan: a cluster randomized controlled trial. International journal of mental health systems, 15(1), 1-17.
4. Rahman, A., Akhtar, P., Hamdani, S. U., Atif, N., Nazir, H., Uddin, I., Nisar, A., Huma, Z., Maselko, J., & Sikander, S. (2019). Using technology to scale-up training and supervision of community health workers in the psychosocial management of perinatal depression: a non-inferiority, randomized controlled trial. Global Mental Health, 6.
5. Rahman, A., Khan, M. N., Hamdani, S. U., Chiumento, A., Akhtar, P., Nazir, H., Nisar, A., Masood, A., Din, I. U., & Khan, N. A. (2019). Effectiveness of a brief group psychological intervention for women in a post-conflict setting in Pakistan: a single-blind, cluster, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 393(10182), 1733-1744
6. Hamdani, S., Akhtar, P., Nazir, H., Minhas, F., Sikander, S., Wang, D., Servilli, C., & Rahman, A. (2017). WHO Parents Skills Training (PST) programme for children with developmental disorders and delays delivered by Family Volunteers in rural Pakistan: study protocol for effectiveness implementation hybrid cluster randomized controlled trial. Global Mental Health, 4.
7. Akhtar, P., Malik, J. A., & Begeer, S. (2017). The grandparents’ influence: Parenting styles and social competence among children of joint families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(2), 603-611.

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